the first European festival on creativity

2014 Programme

Event #21

Christian Raimo, Michele Serra

All Unhappy Families Are Like One Another

Every family is dysfunctional in its own way. Our late modernity has got us accustomed to a world of relationships between couples, parents and their children, adults and children, in which the total absence of models has paved the way for dramatic or tragicomic bewilderment. In spite of the fact that they belong to two different generations, in terms of political and cultural background, habit and spirit of the times, private affairs, Michele Serra and Christian Raimo share the condition of living at the height of an age of anxiety – a time in which, performance being exalted, no one feels adequate about being what they would like to be. But neither Serra nor Raimo want to study all this from a sociological point of view: they believe that literature can recount these transformations by way of special characters who can ?take us by surprise” to make us see things in a unique light.


Christian Raimo (1975) was born and lives in Rome. He studied philosophy, has contributed to many Roman literary journals, and has translated novels. He has published two collections of short stories for minimum fax: Latte (2001) and Dov’eri tu quando le stelle del mattino gioivano in coro? (2004). He’s an editor for minima&moralia. In 2012 he published Il peso della grazia (Einaudi). Forthcoming in August is a collection of stories called Le persone, soltanto le persone (minimum fax, 2014).
Michele Serra

was born in Rome in 1954 and lives between Milan and the Apennines of Piacenza, where he and his wife Giovanna Zucconi run a farm. He has always written for a living. He founded and directed the satirical weekly Cuore. He contributes to la Repubblica, l’Espresso and Vanity Fair. He writes for the theatre and has written for television. He has published (in Feltrinelli) collections of articles, stories, and novels. His most recent books are: Cerimonie (2014) and Gli sdraiati (2013), translated across Europe.

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Event #1

Mario Calabresi

Rediscovering Reason in Order to Avoid a Shipwreck

Event #2

Francesco M. Cataluccio

The Epidemic of Immaturity: from Peter Pan to Harry Potter

Event #3

Roberto Esposito

Growing Up Is Hard

Event #4

Philippe Petit

Creativity: the Perfect Crime

Event #5

Emanuela Grimalda

Le difettose (The Flawed)

Event #6

Alessandro Barbero

How Do Wars Break Out? World War I

Event #7

Sofia Bignamini

The Explosion of the Mutants

Event #8

Davide Comazzi, Antonio Piotti, Laura Turuani

Other Mothers, Other Fathers, New Adolescents

Event #9

Peter Cameron, Marco Missiroli

One Day this Creativity Will Come In Handy

Event #10

Mauro Ceruti

Europe Risks a New Self-Destruction

Event #11

Massimo Recalcati

Can One Forgive in Love?

Event #12

Giorgio Diritti

The Discovery of the Birth of a Film

Event #13

Matteo Lancini


Event #14

David McCullough jr.

Kids, You Are Not Special!

Event #15

Silvia Vegetti Finzi

New Grandparents for New Grandchildren

Event #16

Katia Provantini

Surviving Middle School

Event #18

Oscar Farinetti

Lots Can Still Be Done, This Is Why the Future Is Marvellous

Event #19

Paola Mastrocola

The Death of Study

Event #20

Paolo Cornaglia Ferraris, Marcello Massimini

The Secret of the Consciousness and its Measurement

Event #21

Christian Raimo, Michele Serra

All Unhappy Families Are Like One Another

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

How Do Wars Break Out? World War II

Event #24

Fabio Geda

Absolute beginners

Event #26

Anita Nair

New Identity of the Indian Woman

Event #27

Andrea Boeri, Luca Molinari

A Dialogue on the Spaces (and the Things) We Inhabit

Event #28

Luigi Zoja

Generational Crisis, Male Crisis, Italian Crisis

Event #29

Stefano Arienti, Franco Farinelli

Journey and Adventures in Knowledge

Event #30

Errico Buonanno, Chiara Valerio

My Children, Imaginary Marxists

Event #31

Cesare Moreno

School Drops-Out and Their Antagonists

Event #32

Alfio Maggiolini

From Being Kids “Against” to Being Responsible Ones

Event #33

Chiara Saraceno

Inheritance, Tradition, Generational Changes

Event #34

Beppe Severgnini

Creating Doesn’t Mean Improvising

Event #35

Elena Riva

The Myth of Perfection in Contemporary Femininity

Event #36

Marco Belpoliti

Matteo and His Seven Shirts

Event #37

Salut Salon

The Night of Fate

Event #38

Amedeo Balbi, Antonio Pascale

Matter and Freedom: A Dialogue on Free Will

Event #39

Alessandro Barbero

How Do Wars Break Out? The Falklands War

Evento #25

Daniele Novara

Arguing Is Good for You

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