Il Conquisto di Granada by Girolamo Graziani without any doubt represents the masterpiece of the ‘600 epic poem genre, the third milestone of the genre in italy, after the Orlando Furioso by Ludovico Ariosto and the Gerusalemme Liberata by Torquato Tasso, printed for the first time in 1650, printed again for 6 times during its century.
Along its twenty-sixth componiments, with a sophisticated style, the author tells about the continuation of the Spanish Rebuilding by the Catholic Kings ended with the capture of the capital of the reign of Al Andalus (1492). It is a great tale of adventure, love and war, close to the sensibility of the novel of the Seven and Nineteenth Century, but respectful of the rules of the Renaissance epic, able to summarize and sublimate the best Western narrative tradition from Homer to Marino.
In the course of the presentation tour (at the University of Leuven, Belgium, University of Chicago, USA, and University of Granada, Spain), the curator, Tancredi Artico, will tell the story of the poem and the author, explaining the work of criticism for the edition, oriented towards rediscovering values such as the appreciation of cultural diversity and peace among different cultures. The book will be presented in the frame of a special dedicated lecture in the Literature Course held by Professor Monica Garcia Aguilar, who was actively involved in the index design.
With the patronage of the Unesco