Fl-Università ta’ Malta se ssir il-preżentazzjoni ta’ ktieb t’Arnold Cassola li fih qed jiġi ppubblikat il-manuskritt ta’ Giovan Francesco Buonamico (1639-1680) dwar il-vjaġġi tiegħu f’numru ta’ pajjiżi Ewropej, b’mod partikolari bliet Belġjani. Il-preżentazzjoni tal-ktieb Belgian Memoirs of a Maltese Intellectual – Giovan Francesco Buonamico (1639-1680) se ssir nhar it-Tlieta, 24 ta’ Lulju fil-Gateway Hall A tal-Università fis-7 p.m.
Il-protagonist huwa deskritt hekk:
Giovan Francesco Buonamico was a man of great culture and wide-ranging interests, one of the greatest living Maltese intellectuals of the period. This medical doctor had an excellent command of Latin and, apart from his one poem written in the Maltese language, Mejju ġie bil-ward u ż-żahar, wrote most of his poetic works in Latin (e.g. the Laureae Cottonerae, Gratulatorii Plausus and Gaudia Melitensia).
However, his unpublished work of greater prestige, his Memorie de viaggi di Giovan Francesco Buonamico nella Francia, Germania, Olanda, Fiandra, Lorena, Svizzera, Italia, Sicilia, spiaggie e varie isole della Grecia. Dall’Anno 1657 sin’ al’ 1666, is written in Italian. Around 350 years ago, he visited some of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Between 1660 and 1663, he spent a considerable amount of time travelling in Belgium and, after visiting Bouillon, The Ardennes, Liege, Bruges, Ghent, Brussels, Malines and Antwerp, our Maltese doctor arrived at the conclusion that Antwerp was the most beautiful and complete city of the old continent.
As Belgian Ambassador to Malta Jean Francois Delahaut writes in the foreword to this book, Buonamico – who for the first time in his life discovered beer in Belgium – “was a great pioneer, a bold traveller and an astute observer, a man who was curious about everything around him and concerned about the well-being of his peers. In short, he was a great Maltese man and a great European”.
Aġġornament (27/08/2012): Rapport tal-preżentazzjoni deher fil-Malta Independent.