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Event #10

Saturday 2 September, 12.15 pm

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Francesca Mannocchi

Wonder during war: is it possible?

The word ‘monster’ comes from the Latin ‘monstrum’, meaning miracle, amazement, a phenomenon against the laws of nature between men and the earth. Is wonder possible during war? At war, one is forced to be amazed; to observe every corruption of the human soul, every brutality and, at the same time, every resistance to life, every act of survival as the miracle of life that endures. Narrating wonder, in wartime, means not surrendering to the habit of others’ pain, of considering normal, ordinary, what we have already seen. After seeing five, ten, too many refugee camps, those two words become one, an idea, a normalised concept: refugeecamp. Narrating men’s despair is instead a reminder that we must not accustom our eyes, our spirit, to this. Narrating war means remembering the amazement, preserving – through memory – the struggle of those who survive.



Francesca Mannocchi,is a journalist and author who writes about migration and conflicts, contributing to Italian and international newspapers. She has covered several stories in Syria, Iraq, Palestine, Libya, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Egypt, Turkey, Ukraine, Yemen. She received the Premiolino Prize for journalism in 2016, the Ischia Prize for journalism and the Giustolisi Prize for her investigation on migrant trafficking and Libyan prisons. In 2018 the documentary Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls of Mosul – directed with photographer Alessio Romenzi – was presented at the 75th edition of the Venice International Film Festival. She published: Porti ciascuno la sua colpa (Laterza, 2019), Libia (with Gianluca Costantini, ink Mondadori, 2019), Io Khaled vendo uomini e sono innocente (Einaudi, 2019), Bianco è il colore del danno (Einaudi, 2021) and Lo sguardo oltre il confine (DeAgostini, 2022).
ph. credits: Chiara Pasqualini

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