Women and the art of speech
by Maria Gaglione
“But I see that the dawn has broken,” Sherazad said. What remains is the most beautiful part of the tale.” The Sultan, determined to hear the end, left Sherazad still alive for that day.” These words marked the passing of the baton, from one reader to another, during the marathon organized by EoF youth and young women to express solidarity and closeness with Iranian women. The occasion was National Student Day, celebrated in Iran on December 7 to commemorate the deaths of three students during a demonstration in the capital Tehran on December 7, 1953.
A live-streamed reading marathon, from 7 to 9 p.m., in which young people each read for half an hour and in different languages, the famous oriental tales One Thousand and One Nights. Adventures of princes, viziers, sheiks and caliphs but also exploits of merchants, fishermen, masters, boatmen, shopkeepers, camel drivers; loves and sorceries, geniuses captives of a lamp and pranksters, caliphs of Baghdad and porters of Cairo. A carpet of readings, stories and words stretched throughout the day. On the screen, the faces of Benedetta, Maryam, Varsha, Marcia, Diana, Diego, Stefano, Ricardo … Connecting from Guatemala, Italy, Croatia, Portugal, El Salvador, Ivory Coast, Australia, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, Congo, Afghanistan, USA, Germany, Norway, Austria, Pakistan, Philippines, Syria. Among the young readers were also students from a school in Lecco, connected from their desks.