This is the list with the biographies of the guests that Leggendo Metropolitano had the pleasure to host from the first edition till today.

Francesco Abate. Born in Cagliari on the 17th of May 1964.  He made his first appearance as writer in 1996 with “L’Oratorio- Vietato ai minori di 14 anni”, a short story inserted in the collection of short tales called “Racconti di celluloide” (Alambicco). Since then, he wrote 10 novels (2 with Massimo Carlotto and 1 with Saverio Mastrofranco, better known as the actor Valerio Mastandrea) for several publishing houses like: Castelvecchi, Il Maestrale, Frassinelli, Edizioni Ambiente and Einaudi. He participated to 9 collections of short stories, wrote theatrical plays, texts for the television and film scripts. Some of his books were translated into French, German, Dutch and Greek. In 1999 he won the prize for the best subject at the Solinas Festival with “Ultima di campionato”, with “Mi fido di te” he won the prize “Libraio Citta di Padova 2007”, and in 2011 with the novel “Ti chiedo scusa” (Einaudi Stile Libero Publisher) he won the prize Alziator. Since 2013 he has been working for Caracò Publisher dealing with the series called “Freschi”.  His latest novel is “Un posto anche per me”, by Einaudi Stile Libero Publisher, in 2013. Professional journalist: he has worked since 1986 for the Sardinian newspaper “L’Unione Sarda”.


Carmine Abate. Teacher and writer. After 10 years in Germany, he now lives in Trentino. His debut as a writer is the collection of short stories Den Koffer und weg! (Neuer Malik, 1984) and, at the moment, he directs the series Biblioteca Emigrazione (Pellegrini Ed.). For this series, he has curated In questa terra altrove (1987), an anthology of literary texts written by Italian migrants. In 2012 he won the Campiello Prize with La collina del vento (Mondadori, 2012). His latest book is Il banchetto di nozze e altri sapori (Mondadori 2016).


Lirio Abbate is chief editor of the section Enquiries of L’Espresso and he is author of press reports about mafia and journalistic investigations about the collusion between politicians and mafia bosses. In 2014 Reporters sans frontières enlisted him among the 100 heroes of information and in 2015 Index on Censorship acknowledged him between the 17 personalities that fight for freedom of expression in the world. He wrote I complici (with Peter Gomez, Fazi 2007), Fimmine Ribelli (Rizzoli 2013). His latest book is: I re di Roma – destra e sinistra agli ordini di mafia Capitale (with Marco Lillo, ChiareLettere 2015).

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ABCittà. Social cooperative based in Milan, it operates since 1999 at a local, national and international level addressing institutions, bodies, public and private profit and non-profit agencies. It is composed by professionals with different competences and experts in participatory design. Its fields of intervention are human and social sciences, sustainable development, organization and management of complex systems, urban planning and design, psychopedagogy, developmental psychology, childhood and adolescence culture.  Biblioteca Vivente (The Living Library) is one of their most successful projects.



Aldo Accardo. Born in Iglesias, he is a Professor of Contemporary History at Università di Cagliari and president of the Fondazione di ricerca Siotto and of the Fondazione Memoriale Garibaldi in Caprera. He is part of the national executive branch of AICI (Fondazioni e Istituti Italiani di Alta Cultura). He curates the projects linked to anniversaries of national interest. He coordinated the publication of the manuscripts Quaderni del carcere by Gramsci. For his scientific and cultural activity, he has been awarded with the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.


Milena Agus. Born in Genoa from Sardinian parents, she lives in Cagliari where she teaches Italian and history in high school. Author of five novels, While the Shark is Sleeping (2005), From the Land of the Moon (2006), Ali di babbo (2008), La contessa di ricotta (2009), Sottosopra (2012), all published in Italy by nottetempo and translated into more than twenty languages. She received many literary recognitions, among which the prestigious Zerilli-Marimò Prize in New York. In 2014, nottetempo published her novel written with Luciana Castellina Guardati dalla mia fame. In the spring of 2017, the film based on Mal di pietre was released in Italian cinemas, with Marion Cotillard as leading actress and in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.


Marco Aime. Writer and Professor of Cultural Anthropology at Università di Genova, he has travelled and conducted different topics of research on the Alps and in West Africa. In addition to numerous scientific articles, he has published essays as Contro il razzismo. Quattro ragionamenti (Einaudi 2016), and is author of different works of fiction. Among these Fiabe nei barattoli. Nuovi stili di vita spiegati ai bambini (EMI, 1999); Gli stranieri portano fortuna (Epoché, 2007). His last novel is Tra i castagni dell’Appennino (Utet, 2014).


Roberto Alajmo. He was born in 1959 in Palermo (Sicily), where he still lives. Among his books there are: “Almanacco siciliano delle morti presunte” (Battaglia publisher, 1996), “Le scarpe di Polifemo (Feltrinelli, 1998), “Notizia del disastro” (Garzanti, 2001), with which he won the prize “Mondello”. In 2003 he published “Cuore di madre” (by Mondadori), finalist both in the “Strega” and “Campiello” awards. “Nuovo repertorio dei pazzi di Palermo” and “Ḗ stato il figlio” were respectively published in 2004 and 2005 and the latter was finalist at the “Viareggio” awards and winner of the “Super Vittorini” and “SuperComisso” prizes. His last novel is entitled “La mossa del matto affogato” (Mondadori publisher, 2008). With Laterza Publishing House he published “L’arte di Annacarsi - Un Viaggio in Sicilia” (2010) and several essays, whose the last is “Tempo Niente” (2011). His works were translated in English, French, Spanish, German and Dutch. His novel “Ḗ stato il figlio” was transposed into a movie with the same name in 2012. On the 27 of September 2013 he was nominated director of the “Teatro Biondo Stabile” in Palermo.


Edoardo Albinati. Writer. For more than twenty years, he has been a teacher at the Rebibbia penitentiary, experience which he narrates in his diary Maggio selvaggio. His reports from Afghanistan and Chad were published in the Corriere della Sera, la Repubblica and The Washington Post. He wrote various films with the direction of Matteo Garrone and Marco Bellocchio. His latest published books include Tuttalpiù muoio (Fandango Libri, 2006) with Filippo Timi and Vita e morte di un ingegnere (Mondadori, 2012). With the novel La scuola cattolica (Rizzoli, 2016) he won the 2016 Strega Prize. With the same publishing house, he has recently published the short story Un adulterio.


Vittorio Alessandro. After his degree in Law, he has joined the Capitanerie di Porto and operates in the field of safety for sailing, fishing and the marine environment. For 10 years, he taught at the Accademia Navale in Livorno and at the Scuola Sottufficiali at La Maddalena. In 2007 he directed the Bahar operation for the depollution of the Lebanese waters from the oil leaked from the Jeeh central, which had just been bombarded by the Israelis. He is the member of the Governing Council of Federparchi and of Europarc Federation. He is the author of the book Puntonave, edited by Mursia in 2013.


Ubah Cristina Ali Farah is a writer and poet, her father Somali and her mother Italian. She was born in Verona and grew up in Mogadishu from the age of three years old until 1991, when, after the outbreak of the civil war in Somalia, she moved at first in Hungary, after in Italy. Her first short story, Interamente, was released in 2003 on El Ghibli, the first Italian magazine dedicated to the literature about migration and diaspora. Ali Farah collaborates with many newspapers, such as Internazionale, la Repubblica, Giudizio Universale. Her first novel, Madre piccola (Frassinelli) – developed from a tale winner of the contest Lingua Madre at Salone Internazionale di Torino – was awarded the prize Elio Vittorini in 2008. In October 2014, her second novel, Il comandante del fiume, was released for 66thhand2nd 


Umberto Ambrosoli. Born in 1971, now he works in Milan as lawyer. He is the youngest son of Giorgio Ambrosoli, who was liquidator of the private Bank of Michele Sindona for five years, before he was killed by an unknown killer on the night of the 11th of July 1989. For years Umberto has been engaged in giving value and actualizing his father’s story, participating to meetings organized in schools and conferences throughout Italy. In 2009 Sironi Publisher published the book “Qualunque cosa succeda. Storia di un uomo libero”. 


Amici della musica. Founded in Cagliari in 1977, the association carries out activities also in the other provinces of Sardinia with a concert season that includes more than thirty concerts every year. Since 1981, they organize the Ennio Porrino contest, now dedicated only to piano and recognized at international level since 1992. Since 2007 the contest is organized in coproduction with Teatro Lirico di Cagliari, cooperation that enhanced notably the prestige of the event.



Suad Amiry. Palestinian writer and architect, founder and director of the Riwaq Centre for Architectural Conservation in Ramallah, where she lives. Born in Damascus from Syrian mother and Palestinian father, she grew up between Amman, Beirut and Cairo. Feltrinelli published in 2016 My Damascus, preceded by Sharon and my Mother-in-law (2003) and Se questa è vita (2005), later republished together in 2007, Niente sesso in città (2007), Murad Murad (2009) and Golda slept here (2013). She wrote and edited various volumes on different aspects of the Palestinian architecture. She won the international award Viareggio Versilia in 2004 and the Nonino Risit d’Aur award in 2014.



Michela Andreozzi.  Actress, director and radio host. Pupil of the Holden school, she worked with many actors, such as: Gigi Proietti, Leonardo Pieraccioni, Claudia Gerini, Luca Argentero, Carolina Crescentini. In 2017 the movie Nove lune e mezza came out, written, directed and interpreted by her. Married with the director and actor Max Vado, she is a happy non-mother and she wrote the book Non me lo chiedete più. #childfree. La libertà di non volere figli e non sentirsi in colpa (HarperCollins, 2018).


Giuseppe Antonelli. He was born in 1970 in Arezzo. He teaches Italian Linguistics at the Cassino University. He dealt with the language of the 18th century novels and letters, with different aspects of literary and not literary Italian and with the language of songs. He writes for some magazines and with Luca Serianni he is the author of “Storia ipertestuale della lingua italiana”(Bruno Mondadori Publisher, 2002).


Massimo Arcangeli teaches Italian Linguistics at Università di Cagliari and is a member of the Scientific Board of PhD programmes at Università La Sapienza in Rome, as well as representative for Italianistics in the Slovak Republic. He is the coordinator of various editorial initiatives and director or scientific counselor of a dozen cultural festivals. He also collaborates with the public television and many newspapers. Among his last books there are: Biografia di una chiocciola. Storia confidenziale di @ (2015); La forma universale di questo nodo. La cultura di Dante (2015; with Edoardo Boncinelli); Breve storia di Twitter (2016).


Jeffrey Archer. Baron Archer of Weston-super-Mare, Oxford graduate, candidate for Mayor of London and Member of the European Parliament, he has been for twenty-five years Member of Parliament in the House of Lords. Writer and playwriter, author of novels, short stories, theatrical plays and essays, he is constantly on top of the bestselling charts worldwide. He lives between London, Cambridge and Majorca. His works have been translated into 33 languages, published in 97 countries and have sold millions of copies worldwide. Only time will tell is the first of seven books of The Clifton Chronicles. It was recently released in Italy for HarperCollins.



Alessandro Aresu. He was born 1983 and studied philosophy with Massimo Cacciari, Law and Economics with Guido Rossi and Theology with Enzo Bianchi. He is the co-founder of Lo Spazio della politica (www.lospaziodellapolitica.com). He has been writing for Limes and La Nuova Sardegna. He curates the Italian edition of The Irony of America History, by Reinhold Niebhur (published by Bompiani Publisher in 2010). He published for Bompiani “La Filosofia della Navigazione”.


Giuseppe Argiolas.  Born in Cagliari in 1966, he is specialized in special needs of children and young disabled and in integration. He collaborated with L’Espresso, Famiglia Cristiana, Gilda Venezia, FLC CGIL Nazionale, Regione Sardegna.it, Abbattiamo le Barriere.it, Rai UTILE, Radio3 Scienza, l’Unità, la Repubblica, l’Unione Sarda e la Nuova Sardegna.

Enrico Arosio. Journalist, he is editor-in-chief of L’Espresso. Born in Milan in 1957, he graduated in Liberal Arts at the University of Monaco in 1981. After some years in publishing, he dedicated himself exclusively to journalism. At L'Espresso he was coordinator of the editorial staff in Milan, editor of the column Riservato, correspondent for topicality, politics, culture in Italy and Europe. He has published Piccoli incontri con grandi architetti (Skira, 2012). His interests are cultural politics, city planning, architecture, Europe explained to Italians and Milan explained to Romans.

Bruno Arpaia was born in 1957 in Ottaviano, province of Naples. Novelist, journalist, editorial consultant and translator of Spanish and Latin American literature, he published for Guanda Tempo perso (Premio Hammett Italia 1997), L’angelo della storia (Premio Selezione Campiello 2001, Premio Alassio Centolibri – Un autore per l’Europa 2001), Il passato davanti a noi (Premio Napoli and Premio Letterario Giovanni Comisso 2006), Per una sinistra reazionaria, L’energia del vuoto (finalist for Premio Strega and winner of Premio Merck Serono), La cultura si mangia!, written with Pietro Greco, L’avventura di scrivere romanzi, written with Javier Cercas, Prima della battaglia, besides a conversation with Luis Sepúlveda, Raccontare, resistere. His last novel is Qualcosa, là fuori. His books are translated in many languages.


Marc Augé. His several etnographic researches in Africa led to the publication of his first three essays (see Principal publications) where he devised the term idéo-logique. This can be interpreted as that logic within the self representation made by a society. He applied innovative methods of investigation, using theories and techniques he already developed while working in Africa. He was the director of the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (EHESS) in Paris and, until 1970, he was also the director of the Office de la recherche scientifique et technique outre-mer (ORSTOM – now Institut de recherche pour le développement, IRD).


Corrado Augias. Writer and journalist. Born in Rome in 1935. He spent many years abroad. Firstly in Paris, then in New York where he was the news correspondent for the weekly magazine “L’Espresso” and the daily newspaper “La Repubblica”. He was special news correspondent for L'Espresso, Panorama and La Repubblica, with which he still collaborates. For the publishing house Rizzoli, he published a trilogy that, resembling spy stories and told by a unique protagonist, recounts important years of Italian history, the years from 1911 until 1921. During his career on television he created and hosted programs of great relevance, also culturally, among them: the serie of Telefono Giallo and the program about books Babele. His latest book is Disputa su Dio e Dintorni (Mondadori 2009).


Robert J. Aumann. (Frankfurt, June 8th 1930) is an Israeli mathematician.

He is member of the United States Academy of Sciences and had worked in the Center for the Study of Rationality in the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Israel. Moreover he is one of the founding members of the Stony Brook Center for Game Theory".

Aumann received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2005 for "having enhanced our understanding of conflict and cooperation through game-theory analysis". He shared the prize with Thomas Schelling.