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La Strada Felice - On Tuesday 18th July 2006 the Italian Cultural Institute in London is presenting jointly with Associazione Italia-Inghilterra of Cagliari Travelling in Sardinia with D. H. Lawrence, a multi-faceted project involving a book, a prize, an exhibition.
In 1921 David Herbert Lawrence travelled to Sardinia: the outcome of that trip was Sea and Sardinia, a vivid recreation of the life of the inhabitants of the Mediterranean island.
Travelling straight up the mountainous backbone of the island to see the real Sardinia of the interior, Lawrence wrote an intriguing account of Sardinian life that evokes places and people. In his attempt to know the island in both its present and past, Lawrence stopped in Mandas, capital in the past of a prosperous dukedom.
In 2003 the British writer Nigel Foxell has followed Lawrence’s footstep across the island: Foxell’s novel Sardinia without Lawrence stems from his journey along Lawrence’s route.
On 18th July Nigel Foxell will present his book, published by Hearing Eye Publications in London, along with the Italian writer and historian Luciano Marrocu: the two authors will discuss the legacy of D.H.Lawrence and launch D. H. Lawrence Literary Prize. The prize, established by the Province of Cagliari, Sardinia’s main city, will award fiction and non-fiction works of travel writing published in either English or Italian.
The event will include the exhibition La Strada Felice – The Happy Road – featuring photographs of the lesser known landscape of inner Sardinia. Fifteen photographers have portrayed their island using different techniques to evoke and celebrate the creativity of the human spirit of a unique island. The exhibition will be run until August 25th - Monday to Friday 10am - 5pm