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2013 Program

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Festival degli Scrittori

Premio von Rezzori – Città di Firenze VII Edition

June 12–14, 2013

Wednesday, June 12

16:30, Balconata of Palazzo Strozzi   |   Map >

Through the Eyes of the Absent
conversation between Juan Gabriel Vásquez and Antonio Scurati
with Alessandro Raveggi
(finalist Juan Gabriel Vásquez, Il rumore delle cose che cadono, Ponte alle Grazie)

18:00, Palazzo Medici Riccardi, Sala Luca Giordano   |   Map >

Writing Madness lectio magistralis by Patrick McGrath
welcome by Andrea Barducci, President of the Provincia di Firenze
Free entry, limited space

20:00, Cinema Odeon   |   Map >

projection of Trashed – towards zero waste (UK, 2012, 97')
a film by Candida Brady with Jeremy Irons
before the projection Jeremy Irons will greet the public
event in collaboration with Satya Doc - Cinehall Distribution
full-price ticket  8.00 euro, reduced 6.00 euro (prevendita su

20:30, Balconata of Palazzo Strozzi



A Cinematic Vocation: Three Writers Tell Their Stories
conversation between Michael Cunningham, Atiq Rahimi, Roberto Andò
moderated by Giorgio Van Straten
welcome by Giuliano da Empoli, President of the Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G.P. Vieusseux
(finalist Atiq Rahimi Maledetto Dostoevskij, Einaudi)

Thursday, June 13


From the Cemetary of Laurels to Bellosguardo: in the footsteps of Henry James
with Colm Tóibín (author of The Master, a novel about Henry James)
free guided bus tour, limited space

12:00, Balconata of Palazzo Strozzi   |   Map >

Florence and Italy as Seen by Others
conversation between Mario Fortunato (L’Italia degli altri, Neri Pozza), Luca Doninelli (Salviamo Firenze, Bompiani) Francesco M. Cataluccio (La memoria degli Uffizi, Sellerio)
moderated by Sergio Risaliti

15:30 Balconata of Palazzo Strozzi

Reading and Translating Virgil in the era of Facebook
with Alessandro Fo, winner of the Prize for translation of  the Aeneid by Publio Virginio Marone (Einaudi)
with Alberto Castelvecchi, Andrea Landolfi, Claudia Zonghetti

17.00 Balconata of Palazzo Strozzi

Surprise Party
conversation between Etgar Keret and Christian Raimo
with Vanni Santoni
(finalist Etgar Keret, All’improvviso bussano alla porta, Feltrinelli)

18.00 Balconata of Palazzo Strozzi

Always Meeting Ourselves
conversation between Jennifer Egan and Michael Cunningham (both winners of the Pulitzer Prize)
with Elena Stancanelli
(finalist Jennifer Egan, Guardami, minimun fax)

20:30, Cinema Teatro Odeon   |   Map >

Politics and Literature: In Celebration of 500 Years of The Prince
Recital by Jeremy Irons and Laura Morante
Selected texts from Niccolò Machiavelli, Italo Calvino, Milan Kundera, Alan Bennett and Vladimir Nabokov
With a tribute to A Stranger in Lolitaland by Gregor von Rezzori
curated by Roberto Andò, with directorial consultation by Volker Schlöndorff
entry: full € 10 reduced € 8 (reserve through, Cinema Teatro Odeon)

Friday, June 14

11:00, Balconata of Palazzo Strozzi   |   Map >

Becoming What You Are
conversation between Jeanette Winterson, Andrew Sean Greer and Mario Fortunato
with Fulvio Paloscia
(finalist Jeanette Winterson, Perché essere felice quando puoi essere normale?, Mondadori)

12:00, Sala Ferri, Gabinetto Scientifico Letterario G.P. Vieusseux   |   Map >

Don Quixote’s Library
by Alberto Manguel
introduced by Sergio Givone

18:00. Palazzo Vecchio, Salone dei Cinquecento   |   Map >

Prize Ceremony of the VII edition of the Premio Gregor von Rezzori – Città di Firenze with the participation of the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi. With jury members Ernesto Ferrero (President of the jury for a foreign work of fiction) Beatrice Monti della Corte, Alberto Manguel, Edmund White, Andrea Landolfi (President of the jury for translation) Alberto Castelvecchi and Claudia Zonghetti.

During the ceremony the prize for translation will be awarded to Alessandro Fo for his translation of the Aeneid by Publio Virginio Marone (Einaudi). The winner of the prize for the best work of foreign fiction translated into Italian will also be announced. The finalists: Jennifer Egan, Etgar Keret, Atiq Rahimi, Juan Gabriel Vásquez, and Jeanette Winterson will be present.

21:00. Courtyard of Le Murate   |   Map >

A Canon for the New Millenium

Alba Arikha, Michael CunninghamMario FortunatoAndrew Sean GreerEtgar KeretAlberto ManguelPatrick McGrathAtiq RahimiChristian RaimoAlessandro RaveggiGianluigi RicuperatiVanni SantoniPeter StammElena StancanelliGiorgio Van StratenColm TóibínJuan Gabriel VásquezEdmund WhiteJeanette Winterson

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