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Teresa Fiore

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780823274321

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823274321.001.0001

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Displaced Italies and Immigrant “Delinquent” Spaces in Pariani’s Argentinian Conventillos and Lakhous’s Roman Palazzo

Displaced Italies and Immigrant “Delinquent” Spaces in Pariani’s Argentinian Conventillos and Lakhous’s Roman Palazzo

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(p.83) Three Displaced Italies and Immigrant “Delinquent” Spaces in Pariani’s Argentinian Conventillos and Lakhous’s Roman Palazzo
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Pre-Occupied Spaces
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Teresa Fiore

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823274321.003.0006

In addressing residential spaces through the lens of de Certeau’s concept of “delinquent space,” that is, a space that creatively defies social norms and stereotypes, Chapter 3 looks at the conventillos as described by Laura Pariani in her novel Dio non ama i bambini (2007) and at a residential building (palazzo) inhabited by locals and immigrants in the same Vittorio Square, as depicted by Amara Lakhous in his novel Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio (2006). Despite the different locations of these buildings and the different time periods of the stories (turn-of-the-century Buenos Aires versus contemporary Rome), the two novels successfully render the challenges and possibilities presented by the co-existence of people from different backgrounds. In part for their captivating employment of the detective genre, in part for their innovative narrative structure, the novels suggest the need to investigate immigrant societies with new questions in order to find new answers that challenge the norm.

Keywords:   Clash of Civilizations Over an Elevator in Piazza Vittorio, conventillos, emigration, immigration, Italy, Amara Lakhous, multiculturalism, Laura Pariani, piazza, Vittorio, Rome

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