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2015 Programme

Event #32

Giorgio Fontana, Marco Missiroli

Our careers as readers

Giorgio Fontana and Marco Missiroli, two of the most talented Italian writers of their generation, as well as good friends, have led almost parallel careers up to this point: both born in 1981, both non-native residents of Milan, they debuted in the mid 2000s and both won the Campiello prize (Best debut novel in 2006 for Missiroli, Main prize for Fontana in 2014). For the first time, the two authors compare thoughts on their respective “careers as readers”, in an event created in collaboration with La Grande Invasione, the Ivrea book festival. Which books have had the greatest influence on their writing? Which authors have forged their imaginations? A fast-paced and lively dialogue that retraces their path as men and as story-tellers.


Giorgio Fontana
Giorgio Fontana

has published four novels (the latest is Morte di un uomo felice, Campiello prize in 2014, Sellerio, 2014), an essay on the pro-Berlusconi movement and Italian identity (La velocità del buio, Zona, 2011), and a narrative report on immigrants in Milan (Babele 56, Terre di Mezzo, 2014). He writes for IL, Lo Straniero, Tuttolibri and Internazionale (where he also has a weekly column).


was born in Rimini. His debut novel Senza Coda (Fanucci, 2005) won the Campiello prize in 2006. With Guanda he has published Il buio addosso (2007), Bianco (2009), Il senso dell’elefante (2012). His latest novel Atti osceni in luogo privato (Feltrinelli, 2015) won the Mondello prize. His books are translated in Europe and in the US. He writes for Corriere della Sera.
Interpreter: Sonia Folin

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