the first European festival on creativity

2012 Programme

Event #18

Erri De Luca

Words as tools

Dylan Thomas wrote: “Hands have no tears to flow”. Erri De Luca replies: “True, but the right hands can dry tears out”. For even writing means using one’s hands. So in the view of the Neapolitan writer words take on the character of tools, tangible instruments of leisure to find one’s way back home. Words like flints struck by the writer, words that leave us with callused hands and a short breath. Writing like mountain-trekking: one step after another, constantly threatened by the slippery ground, our only footholds are commas, semicolon and new paragraphs. A view of writing emerging just at a time when everything is de-materializing, becoming abstract and digital. And when manual labor is subjected to constant blackmail: either give up your rights and become subservient or be expelled.


Erri De Luca

the writer, journalist, translator, has worked a number of jobs, mainly as a builder, in Italy, France and Africa. He has taught himself Yiddish and Hebrew and has translated a few books of the Bible into Italian. His books are published by Feltrinelli: Non ora, non qui (1989), Una nuvola come tappeto (1991), Aceto, arcobaleno (1992), In alto a sinistra (1994), Alzaia (1997), Tu, mio (1998), Tre cavalli (1999), Montedidio (2001), Il contrario di uno (2003), Mestieri all’aria aperta (con G. Matino, 2004), Solo andata (2005), In nome della madre (2006), Almeno 5 (with G. Matino, 2008), Il giorno prima della felicità (2009), Il peso della farfalla (2009), E disse (2011), I pesci non chiudono gli occhi (2011), Il torto del soldato (2012). He has translated and edited Exodus (1994), Jonas (1995), Ecclesiastes (1996), Ruth (1999), The Life of Samson (2002), The Life of Noah (2004), Pushkin’s The Stone Guest (2005). Le sante dello scandalo was published by Giuntina in 2011.

All theevents2012


Event #1

Gustavo Zagrebelsky

The right to culture, the responsibility of knowledge

Event #2

Marco Santagata

Dante: an egocentric or a prophet? Creativity and writing as a mission

Event #3

Anna Salvo

Sorrow is like a telescope that helps us look into the distance: creatività and suffering

Event #4

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am Like the starry sky: visions of language across the centuries

Event #5

Giulia Lazzarini

WALL – before and after Basaglia

Event #6

Alfredo Lacosegliaz, Paolo Rumiz

I Narrabondi. A reading in music

Event #7

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? St. Catherine of Siena

Event #8

Luca Scarlini

Dancing thought: the body as a thinking mechanism

Event #9

Duccio Demetrio

The tenth Muse: Writing and its myths

Event #10

Giuseppe Civitarese

Get out your colors! Dreaming as the mind’s poetic function

Event #12

Franco Cordero

The phobia of thinking

Event #13


The artist as sacred parasite

Event #14

Marino Niola

Between organic and divine. Food as knowledge, resistance and penance

Event #15

Giacomo Marramao

Power, creativity, change

Event #17

Ascanio Celestini

How stories are born

Event #18

Erri De Luca

Words as tools

Event #19

Ruggero Pierantoni

It’s all a matter of size

Event #20

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The hidden waft: the secrets of language

Event #21

Marc Augé

The primacy of knowledge

Event #22

Enzo Moscato

Toledo Suite. Concerto spettacolo

Event #23

Alessandro Barbero

How did women think in the Middle Ages? Christine de Pizan

Event #24

Gianfranco Capitta, Rafael Spregelburd

Seven sins that make life possible

Event #25

Gustavo Pietropolli Charmet

Teenagers in school: studying the past, ignoring the future

Event #28

Mauro Agnoletti, Ilaria Borletti Buitoni

Culture, environment, landscape. For a possible, sustainable future

Event #30

Sergio Givone

Invention and discovery. About creation

Event #31

Jacopo Perfetti

La Street Art e il caso Banksy

Event #32

Haim Baharier

Qabbala and an economy of justice

Event #33

Mario Brunello

CELLO AND… hidden voices, revealed voices. A concert

Event #34

Telmo Pievani

When the human mind was born. How we became Homo sapiens

Event #35

Andrea Moro

I speak, therefore I am The word and the flesh: the neurobiology of language

Event #36

Marco Paolini

Of men and dogs. Dedicated to Jack London (music by Lorenzo Monguzzi)

Evento n.11

Paolo Pejrone

For a modern garden—in form and substance

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