Silvana De Mari

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Silvana De Mari
Silvana De Mari - Lucca Comics & Games 2016.jpg
Born5 July 1953
Caserta, Italy
OccupationWriter

Silvana De Mari (born 5 July 1953) is an Italian writer of children's fiction. She's known worldwide as the author of L'ultimo Elfo (2004), an award-winning fantasy novel published in English and 18 other languages (UK The Last Elf, US The Last Dragon). The book won the prestigious Italian prizes Premio Bancarellino and Premio Andersen.[1][2][3] In France, it won the Prix Imaginales in 2005.

Biography[edit]

De Mari was born in 1953 in Santa Maria Capua Vetere (Caserta, Italy).[4] She formerly worked as a surgeon in both Italy and Ethiopia, before setting up a private psychotherapy practice in Turin.[5]

L'ultimo Elfo (The Last Elf, published in the US as The Last Dragon) was her third children's book and the first to be translated into English. It has also been translated into French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, and several other languages for a total of 23 Countries[6] (Brazil, Bulgaria, China, Finland, France, Germany Hungary, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Macedonia, Netherlands, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Spain, Thailand, Taiwan, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA).

The following book [L'Ultimo Orco] (The Last Ogre) won the IBBY International Boud Books Young People 2006 prize[7] and the Prix Sorcières "Les prix en littérature jeunesse" in 2009 in France.[8] It's been published in France, Germany, Hungary, Japan, Lithuania, Macedonia, Panama, Romania Thailand, United Kingdom, USA.

Controversies[edit]

As of early 2017, after a claim made by some homosexual associations, De Mari has been convened before the Italian Medical Association for her statements regarding homosexuality (which she states "does not exist"),[9] homosexual associations (defined as "criminals")[10] and anal intercourse, defined by the President of the Order of Medical Doctors as not matching what Medicine thinks today.[11] As of today, a disciplinary action is on going.[12]

She defined the APA "nonsensical",[10] she referred to gay bowel syndrome, a controversial term, and denied that homosexuality exists, saying, "C'è una sola sessualità e persone biologicamente perdenti che la rifiutano" (There is only one sexuality and biologically-loser people who refuse it).[13]

With regard to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders she also said:

The APA, American Psychiatric Association, rules the world using a statistical diagnostic manual without which you can not make an official diagnosis or expertise. The DSM (Diagnostic Statistical Manual) costs lots of money and has the same ethical and scientific value that had the various posters on race.[14]

In 2013, De Mari wrote an open letter to Pope Francis, urging him to defend persecuted Christians rather than pursue popularity. [15]

Convictions for Defamation of LGBT People[edit]

Silvana De Mari was convicted in two defamation cases before the Italian district court of Turin.[16][17]

In the first case, charges were based on claims made by a LGBT Turin group along with the Human Rights Committee of Piedmont and the City of Turin, regarding statements of Dr. De Mari, where she pointed out anal sex is recurring in satanism,[18] homosexual associations to crimes and defined homosexuals as "new aryan race", and "idiots".[19][10] Silvana De Mari was recognized guilty of defamation and sentenced to pay a fine of 1,500 euros in addition to a compensation of 5,000 euros for LGBT associations.[20]

The second case was motivated by a complaint of the Homosexual Association Mario Mieli, whose members were accused by Silvana De Mari of promoting pedophilia, necrophilia and coprophagia. This second case also ended with a conviction for defamation. Silvana De Mari paid a €1,500 fine plus €5,000 as a compensation to the injured association.[21]

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

  • L'ultima stella a destra della luna. illus. by Silvia Vignale. Salani. 2000.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  • La bestia e la bella. illus. by Gianni De Conno. Salani. 2003.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: others (link)
  • Il cavaliere, la strega, la morte e il diavolo. Lindau. 2009.
  • Il gatto dagli occhi d'oro. Fanucci. 2009.
  • Giuseppe figlio di Giacobbe, Effatà, 2014[22][23]
  • La nuova dinastia 2015, 2017.
  • Il gatto dagli occhi d'oro, Giunti, 2015.
  • Sulle ali della libertà 2016.

L'ultimo elfo saga:

Hania trilogy

Essays[edit]

  • Il drago come realtà – I significati storici e metaforici della letteratura fantastica. Salani. 2007.
  • La realtà dell'orco. Lindau. 2012.
  • L'ultimo nemico che sarà sconfitto è la morte. Joanne Kathleen Rowling e l'eptalogia di Harry Potter ne Il Fantastico nella Letteratura per ragazzi. Luci e ombre di 10 serie di successo, a cura di Marina Lenti, Runa Editrice, 2016.
  • Le avventure di Bilbo Baggins, scassinatore, esperto cacciatore di tesori: l'oro e la menzogna nello Hobbit in Hobbitologia, a cura di Marina Lenti e Paolo Gulisano, Camelozampa, 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Silvana De Mari – Libri Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Fanucci Editore | Silvana De Mari – L'ultima profezia del mondo degli uomini – L'epilogo Archived 21 February 2013 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Biografie scrittori, poeti, artisti – Wuz.it
  4. ^ "Scheda di autorità Silvana De Mari - Catalogo del Servizio Bibliotecario Nazionale".
  5. ^ "Silvana De Mari." Contemporary Authors Online. Detroit: Gale, 2007. Literature Resource Center. 9 November 2010.
  6. ^ Author's website – Libri Archived 16 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine
  7. ^ "IBBY Honour List 2006". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  8. ^ "Les prix en littérature jeunesse – Prix Sorcières". Retrieved 24 January 2017.
  9. ^ "Il caso. De Mari: "l'omosessualità non esiste"" [The case: De Mari:" homosexuality does not exist"] (in Italian). Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  10. ^ a b c "Silvana De Mari: io e la Spectre dei Gay" (in Italian). Retrieved 18 November 2017.
  11. ^ "La dottoressa difende l'omofobia? L'Ordine apre un provvedimento disciplinare" [Does the doctor defend homophobia? The Order opens a disciplinary measure] (in Italian). Retrieved 18 January 2017.
  12. ^ "Silvana De Mari convocata dall'Ordine dei Medici per le sue affermazioni sull'omosessualità" [Silvana De Mari summoned by the Ialian Medical Association for her statements on homosexuality] (in Italian).
  13. ^ "APA e etica" [APA and ethics]. silvanademari.iobloggo.com (in Italian). Archived from the original on 20 December 2016. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  14. ^ "Concetto di malattia" [Disease concept]. silvanademari.iobloggo.com (in Italian). Archived from the original on 28 April 2017. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  15. ^ "Lettera a Papa Francesco". Magdi Cristiano Allam (in Italian). 14 August 2013. Retrieved 22 February 2017. Translation: Passionate Open Letter to Papa Francesco from an Italian
  16. ^ "L'omosessualità va curata, la querela contro la dottoressa non-può essere archiviata" [Homosexuality must be treated, the lawsuit against the doctor can not be filed] (in Italian). Retrieved 7 December 2017.
  17. ^ "Silvana De Mari a processo per reato di diffamazione contro il Mario Mieli" [Silvana De Mari to trial for libel offense against Mario Mieli] (in Italian).
  18. ^ "Sesso anale, il parere medico di Silvana De Mari: "Si pratica nelle iniziazioni sataniche. Omosessualità? Non esiste"" [Anal sex, [in] the medical opinion of Silvana De Mari: "It is practiced in satanic initiations: homosexuality does not exist"] (in Italian). Retrieved 19 November 2017.
  19. ^ "Finisce sotto indagine la 'dottoressa anti gay'" [The «anti-gay doctor» ends up under investigation] (in Italian). Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  20. ^ "Silvana De Mari condannata per le sue frasi contro la comunità Lgbt. Disse: "L'omosessualità è contro natura"" [Silvana De Mari condemned for her sentences against the LGBT community. He said: "Homosexuality is against nature"] (in Italian). Retrieved 15 March 2017.
  21. ^ "SILVANA DE MARI CONDANNATA (ANCORA) PER DIFFAMAZIONE AGGRAVATA AI DANNI DEL MARIO MIELI" [SILVANA DE MARI CONDEMNED (AGAIN) FOR AGGRAVATED DEFAMATION TO THE DAMAGES OF MARIO MIELI] (in Italian).
  22. ^ Effatà 1
  23. ^ Effatà 2

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