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2021 Programme

Event #10

Eraldo Affinati, Alessandro Zaccuri

Fathers and masters

Starting from different examples of the Italian literary tradition, Eraldo Affinati and Alessandro Zaccuri will reconstruct their intellectual genealogy. Up to the master par excellence, Jesus of Nazareth: another origin to be rediscovered, perhaps the most surprising one in this uprooting era .



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(Roma, 1956) is a writer and teacher. His books, published mainly by Mondadori, include Bandiera bianca (1995), Campo del sangue (1997), Un teologo contro Hitler (2002), La Città dei Ragazzi (2008), Elogio del ripetente (2013) and Vita di vita (2014). He is the founder of Penny Wirton, a free Italian school for immigrants. He published several books with Mondadori, including La Città dei Ragazzi (2008), Elogio del ripetente (2013), Vita di vita (2014), Tutti i nomi del mondo (2018), Via dalla pazza classe (2019). With his wife, Anna Luce Lenzi, he is author of the manual Italiani anche noi (Il Margine, vol. 1, 2011, vol. 2, 2015). His latest book Il Vangelo degli angeli has been published by HarperCollins (2021).


Alessandro Zaccuri (La Spezia, 1963) is in charge of Communication at Sacro Cuore University in Milan. He was correspondent and now collaborates with the daily newspaper Avvenire, and is the author of numerous essays and novels. His latest books include: Nel nome (NNE, 2019), La quercia di Bruegel (Aboca, 2021, Mario La Cava Prize) and Poco a me stesso (Marsilio, 2022).

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