Pink Milano: Fernanda Pivano

The translator of the Beat Generation beloved by Bob Dylan

Without Fernanda Pivano the great American beat-generation literature would not have arrived in our country as we know it. What Pivano did was not simply to translate works by illustrious authors such as Ernest Hemingway, Jack Kerouac, Allen Ginsberg and Charles Bukowski; but above all to make an important work of cultural mediation between the American "libertine" literary expressiveness of those years and the "censorial" spirit typical of Italy in the same period. Fernanda was a free woman; the journey for her was an existential metaphor, something she did all her life and that made her a true rock star on the international cultural scene - she had intense relationships with Bob Dylan and Patti Smith. Genoese by birth, but Milanese by adoption; Fernanda lived in Milano with her great love: the architect and designer Ettore Sottsass. 



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She attended the Classical Lyceum in Turin and graduated in piano at the Conservatory; in 1941 she graduated in Literature with a thesis on Moby Dick.



Her neighbourhood:

During her marriage with Sottsass she lived in Via Manzoni in a beautiful apartment of over 800 square meters; but Fernanda's real neighborhood was the world - Fernanda used to tape the emotions of the moment in what she called "loud traveling" when she actually traveled "on the road".

Her place of the heart:

The Riccardo and Fernanda Pivano Library, inaugurated on December 16th 1998 in Corso di Porta Vittoria 16. It has been created from Fernanda Pivano's book and documentary heritage, donated by the writer to the Foundation in 1997. It includes published and unpublished documents of extraordinary value for the analysis of Fernanda Pivano's work and, at the same time, for the study of the literary, cultural and social history of the United States of America in the 20th century, especially for the period from the 1950s to the end of the 1970s.


The quote:

"If I was wrong, forgive me. Dreams are almost always wrong, they say."

The film:

The Other America directed by Rossana De Michele.