the first European festival on creativity

2013 Program


Sandro Lombardi

Swann’s Way


Swann’s Way, the first volume of Marcel Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past, one of the masterpieces of contemporary fiction, was published exactly one hundred years ago, in November 1913. Proust, who had to pay the publishing expenses, did not live to see all seven books in print.

This reading by Sandro Lombardi is not only a tribute to Proust’s literary genius, but hopes to give the audience the pleasure of hearing again, or rediscovering, some of the writer’s most memorable pages, starting from its famous opening paragraph, “For a long time, I used to go to bed early”, where the author announces that his great novel is completely focused upon the recollection of the past which is our way of being aware of our own existence.


Sandro Lombardi

is an Italian stage actor and author. He began his career in the 1970’s. Under the direction of Federico Tiezzi, he interpreted the works of an impressive number of playwrights, ranging from Aristophanes to Beckett, from Thomas Bernhard to Brecht, from Chekhov to D’Annunzio, from Mario Luzi to Alessandro Manzoni, from Müller to Pasolini to Pirandello. His performances based on the works of Giovanni Testori have greatly contributed to the fame of that great Italian author. He has been awarded the Ubu Prize four times for best male actor. He has recorded on CD P.P. Pasolini’s poems and Dante’s Inferno for Garzanti publishers, four of Testori’s monologues for ERI (RAI’s publishing house) and K. Kressman Taylor’s Address Unknown for Full Color Sound. His latest performances were based on E.M. Forster’s A Passage to India (2008) and on Proust’s e Un amour de Swann (2012). In 2004, Garzanti published his book Gli anni felici. Realtà e memoria nel lavoro dell’attore that won the Bagutta Opera Prima award. His first novel, Le mani sull’amore, was published by Feltrinelli in 2009.

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The future? It is past


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