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Though the fairy tale of Italy is still being shown in films such as Nanni Moretti’s The Son’s Room, a new, successful generation of Italian writers—known as the Giovani Cannibali (Young Cannibals)—is choosing to depict the devouring consumerism, growing anti-intellectualism, lost engagement, and solitude of Italians young and old. Stefania Lucamante’s prize-winning treatise The New Narrative of the Giovani Cannibali Writers is a compelling piece of criticism that offers insight into a literary movement that is feasting on the languages, modes, characters, and lives of contemporary Italians. Lucamante writes with a lucid and competent hand, as she offers the reader a historic and literary analysis of the movement and opens—through the eyes of a generation of young, excellent writers—a unique window on ever-changing Italian society. Lucamante appears at 6:30 p.m. at Instituto Italiano di Cultura, 2025 M St. NW. Free. For reservations call (202) 223-1128. (Marina Galvani)