the first European festival on creativity

2014 Programme

Event #30

Errico Buonanno, Chiara Valerio

My Children, Imaginary Marxists

Is it possible to understand, describe and manage what is real through calculation and mathematical objectivity? And what happens when in a person’s life certain variables arise, variables such as love, dream, poetry, chaos, in other words, all that is human, all that is real? After having dealt with these themes in their novels, Errico Buonanno and Chiara Valerio, sensitive and lucid intellectuals in their analysis of the mechanisms that regulate the contemporary, discuss the consequences of the current collapse in a vision that has encouraged the previous generations, the vision of “scientific” utopias and exasperated rationality. But they also discuss an eternal problem: is reality what we see, what we can count, what we can enumerate? Or is the invisible ready to botch up all our calculations?


Errico Buonanno

was born in Rome in 1979. He has published essays and novels, including: Piccola serenata notturna (Marsilio 2003, Premio Calvino), Sarà vero (Einaudi, 2009), L’eternità stanca (Laterza, 2012) and Lotta di classe al terzo piano (Rizzoli, 2014). Radio and television author for Radio 2 and Canale 5, in 2014 he has produced the web series I ragazzi degli anni ’90 for He contributes to the culture pages of Corriere della Sera.

Chiara Valerio
Chiara Valerio

has a doctorate in Maths from Federico II University of Naples. She lives in Rome. She has written novels and short stories, including La gioia piccola d’esser quasi salvi (nottetempo, 2009) and Almanacco del giorno prima (Einaudi, 2014). She is an editor at Nuovi Argomenti and writes for La Domenica del Sole 24 Ore and Amica. She curates Ad alta voce on Radio 3 and collaborates on the television program Pane quotidiano. Her novel Storia umana della matematica (Einaudi) will be released  at the end of August.

All theevents2014


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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