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2023 Programme

Event #6

Erika Fatland, Alberto Riva

The wonder of wanderlust

Even the briefest of journeys to a new place opens our eyes and sharpens our sense of observation. Through seeing things for the first time – mundane and ordinary as they may be to the people who live their lives there – we reconnect to our inner child and its capacity to wonder. The world again becomes alive. Erika Fatland has travelled more than most of us and often to inaccessible and wonderous places. Through her renowned books, she shares her keen observations and adventures with readers all over the world. In this conversation with the italian writer and traveller Alberto Riva, she will reflect upon the wonder of wanderlust.
Interprete: Sonia Folin


In collaboration with NORLA – Norwegian Literature Abroad


Erika Fatland

Erika Fatland (b. 1983 in Haugesund, Norway) achieved her international breakthrough with Sovietistan (2014), for which she was awarded the Norwegian Booksellers’ Prize. She has an M.A. in social anthropology from the University of Oslo and the University of Copenhagen. Earlier works include The Village of Angels. Stories from Beslan (2011) and The Year Without Summer (2012). Her most recent books, The Border. A Journey around Russia (2017) and High. A Journey across the Himalaya (2019) were both shortlisted for Terzani Award and The Edward Standford Travel Book of the Year. In 2021 she won the Kapuściński Award for reportage. Her books are translated into 27 languages. She is currently working on a book about the Portuguese Empire.
ph. credits: Tine Poppe

Alberto Riva

Alberto Riva (1970) is an Italian writer and journalist, who writes about literature and music for Venerdì di Repubblica. He lived in Brazil for many years. His books include: Seguire i pappagalli fino alla fine (Il Saggiatore, 2008), Sete (Mondadori, 2011), Il samba di Scarlatti (Mondadori, 2015). With Neri Pozza he published Il maestro e l'infanta (2021) and Ultima estate a Roccamare (2023), a journey along the Tuscan coast and into the great literature of the 20th century.

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Massimiliano Valerii

The trial of Galileo Galilei: wonder and disenchantment

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Franco Lorenzoni

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Paolo Giordano

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Chiara Civello

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Matteo Nucci

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Erika Fatland, Alberto Riva

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Guido Tonelli

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Vittorio Lingiardi

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Vittorio Lingiardi

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Francesca Mannocchi

Wonder during war: is it possible?

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Sabrina Speich

Wonderful, immense sea

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Massimo Zamboni

Wild bestiary. An illustrated reading

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Massimo Recalcati

The trauma of loss and the working-through of a bereavement

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Martina Mazzotta

Wunderkammer: art, science, wonder. From the Renaissance until the present day

Event #16

Matteo Nucci

A poet’s wonder: Omer

Event #17

Alessandro Barbero

1204: the Crusaders discover Constantinople

Event #17 BIS

Alessandro Barbero

1204: the Crusaders discover Constantinople

Event #18

Cinzia Spanò, Roberta Di Mario

Reading Lolita in Tehran. Reading concert

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Alberto Rollo

The Humble Beauty of Ditches and Majesties

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Carlo Stanga, Giulia Capodieci

Wunderkit: five objects for creativity

Event #23

Veronica Barassi, Gerd Gigerenzer

Generative AI and the Wonder of Human Intelligence

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Alessandro Zaccuri

Wonderfully. Learning wonder from literature

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Nazareth Castellanos

Discovering our mind through the wonders of our body

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Massimo Recalcati

Wonderful nostalgia

Event #27

Elena Stancanelli, Bernardo Zannoni

Out of the blue: wandering to find wonder

Event #28

Matteo Nucci

A novelist’s wonder: Gabriel García Márquez

Event #29

Francesco Costa

Wonderfully informed

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MadLab 2.0

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Cristina Bellemo

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Event #38Children / Kids

Marco Somà

To infinity… and beyond!

Event #39Children / Kids

Willy Guasti

Soft-hearted animals… And more!

Event #40Children / Kids

Sergio Rossi

Water: the world's strangest substance!

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