the first European festival on creativity

2011 Programme

Evento n.33

Alberto Manguel

The Muse of impossibility

According to the French poet Mallarmé, the Muse of impossibility extends her protective wing over every work of art. Unlike the Muse of inspiration, this Muse contains every work within the boundaries of the humanly possible. Every great creator is aware of the imperfection of his or her work, and failure is the stuff of a large part of all creation. Jorge Luis Borges, and his master Dante, know that: the artist must resign himself never to reach the full expression of his vision, and must recognize that artistic achievement, as Borges himself said, is but ‘the imminence of a revelation that never takes place.’


Alberto Manguel

born in Buenos Aires and raised in Tel Aviv, has lived in Argentina, Italy, France, England, Tahiti and Canada, where he has obtained the citizenship. At age 16 he worked in a famous Buenos Aires bookstore: there he met the great writer Jorge Luis Borges and became his private reader from 1964 to 1968. Manguel, a writer, essayist, translator and editor of international renown, contributes to many media and has authoree a large number of books, including Con Borges (Adelphi, 2005); Diario di un lettore (Archinto, 2006) that won him the 2007 Grinzane Cavour essay-writing prize. Stevenson sotto le palme (2007), L’amante puntiglioso (2009), Il ritorno (2010) were all published by nottetempo; Al tavolo del cappellaio matto (2008), Il libro degli elogi (2009), Una vita immaginaria (2011) and Dizionario dei luoghi fantastici (2011) were published by Archinto.

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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