The God of New York (Il Dio di New York) recounts the story of Pasquale D’Angelo, a 16 years old, who emigrated to the United States in 1910 from Abruzzo, Italy, looking for “luck” in the new world of New York. He experiences all the tough trama of emigration: “Endless tribulation and misery, anguish and mortification,” but with a willof iron and in his struggle to learn a new language, he finds both the ability and inspiration to set aside the pick and showel and begin to write…to write poetry “as he had read in the works of the beloved Shelley and Keats in the New York Public Library.” The novel reconstructs the environments of Pascal D’Angelo’s life starting with the small villages of Abruzzo to end in the toughest American reality of the time, the city of New York with its imposing “god” that governs it.
Luigi Fontanella, Professor of Italian, Stony Brook University, will present this novel on emigration. Introduction and commentary by Professor Mario Mignone. Copies of Il Dio di New York will be available for purchase and autographing by the author.