the first European festival on creativity

2011 Programme

Evento n.11

Almudena Grandes, Ranieri Polese

History from the viewpoint of women

Almudena Grandes, the Spanish fiction writer, has been dealing for years with the history of her country. This is her way of carrying out the task assigned to the third generation after the dictatorship: cultivating the memory of past events that the ‘soft transition’ to democracy has too often silenced. The form of expression of her choice is the novel. In her books, real characters and events intertwine with fictional ones, and events are told from the viewpoint of a woman who fearlessly reopens old wounds and remembers forgotten horrors—a woman narrator who is aware of the impact of historical events on private lives. Perhaps, history is the work of women, and Grandes proves that in her latest book—the first part of a trilogy that merges fiction and historical facts.


Almudena Grandes

is considered on of the most authoritative voices in contemporary Spanish fiction. Born in Madrid in 1960, her first novel Le età di Lulù (Guanda, 2001) was a literary event and became an international best-seller that inspired a movie. Later on, La sonrisa vertical (1989) won an important award and made her famous throughout Europe. Her books, now pulished in Italian by Guanda, include: Modelli di donna (2001), Gli anni difficili (2003), Troppo amore (2004), Il ragazzo che apriva la fila (2007), Cuore di ghiaccio (2008). Her latest, Inés e l’allegria—a story set during the Spanish Civil War, whose events are told through the eyes of a woman—is due out in September.

Ranieri Polese
Ranieri Polese

was born in 1946 in Pisa; he carried out his studies in philosophy, and has been a member of the Cinema Critics Union since the late Seventies. He has written for the culture pages of various newspapers (La Nazione, L’Europeo). In 1995 he published Il film della mia vita (Rizzoli). He has been editor of Almanacco Guanda since 2006. He was editor-in-chief of the Culture section and a reporter for Corriere della sera, with which he still collaborates.

All theevents2011


Evento n.1

Chiara Saraceno

Too much inequality hinders everyone’s well-being

Evento n.2

Giuseppe Penone, Sergio Risaliti

Flowing in time like a river pebble

Evento n.3

Kinds of lies

Evento n.4

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Can artificial life exist?

Evento n.6

Zygmunt Bauman

Reflections on the notions of community and network, on social networks and Facebook

Evento n.7

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The friar

Evento n.8

Francesco Piccolo

How to write a screenplay

Evento n.10

Maurizio Bettini

Mythological forms of memory in ancient Greece and Rome

Evento n.11

Almudena Grandes, Ranieri Polese

History from the viewpoint of women

Evento n.12

Adriano Prosperi

Crime and forgiveness

Evento n.14

Gian Carlo Calza

Different, eccentric, extraordinary: aesthetics and creativity between Asia and the West

Evento n.16

Marco Belpoliti

As you have seen it on tv

Evento n.17

Salvatore Veca

On philosophical imagination

Evento n.18

Vittorio Gregotti

City, metropolis and urban design

Evento n.19

Enzo Bianchi

Paths of humanization

Evento n.20

Patrizia Cavalli

Poetry knows everything first

Evento n.21

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life is communication

Evento n.23

Silvio Orlando

Diderot, Rameau and other paradoxes

Evento n.24

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The merchant

Evento n.26

Franco Borgogno

In other people’s hearts and minds. A psychoanalyst between tradition and creativity

Evento n.27

Giuseppe Bertolucci, Emanuele Trevi

In words and pictures: cinema and literature

Evento n.28

Michela Marzano

Mind and body: anorexia, or the enigma of desire

Evento n.29

Alfonso Berardinelli

Intellectual types, styles and powers

Evento n.30

Luca Scarlini

The power of images, the images of power

Evento n.31

Felice Cimatti

Mind, communication and language in animals, including Homo sapiens

Evento n.32

Gianpiero Dalla Zuanna

Regretting the families of yesteryear?

Evento n.33

Alberto Manguel

The Muse of impossibility

Evento N.34

Ennio Peres

Mathematics is the game of life

Evento N.35

Luce Irigaray

Saving human energy. Breathing: a source of universal sharing

Evento n.36

Edoardo Boncinelli

What is life? Life yesterday, today and tomorrow

Evento n.37

Sonia Bergamasco, Fabrizio Gifuni

A quiet sunny day. Attilio Bertolucci and Pier Paolo Pasolini, a friendship in verse

Evento n.39

Alessandro Barbero

How did Middle Ages men think? The knight

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