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Guests


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

Bernard Faivre d’Arcier. High civil servant at the French Ministry of Culture, he is a former cultural advisor to the French Prime Minister and head of the Theatre and performance Art Department of the Ministry of Culture. He launched the French arm of the Franco-German television channel, ARTE. He directed the Avignon Festival for 16 years. Presently, he is chairman of la Biennale de Lyon, of the Festival of gardens of Chaumont-sur-Loire and of the Carolyn Carlson dance company.

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For Dan Fante, born in Los Angeles in 1946, writing and publishing his first novel was not easy. He had to deal with the comparisons with a giant like his father and with a distrustful audience. Then, things changed. He has just signed a contract with the prestigious publishing house “Harper Collins”, that is going to publish all his works. As it happened with his father, Dan is extremely loved in Italy, where he ofter comes.

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Daniela Fargione. She holds a Masters and a PhD in Comparative Literature at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, where she was a Fulbright researcher. She currently teaches Language and Literature Anglo-American at the University of Turin. She is the author Cynthia Ozick: Orthodoxy and Irriverence. A Critical Study (Aracne, 2005), Giardini e labirinti: l’America di E.A. Poe (Celid, 2005), Ambiente Dickinson. Poesie, sculture, nature (Prinp, 2013). She edited along with Johnathan Sunley the volume Merely a Madness? Defining, Treating and Celebrating the Unreasonable (Inter-Disciplinary Press, Oxford, UK, 2012), along with Serenella Iovino ContaminAzioni ecologiche: Cibi, nature e culture (Led Edizioni, 2015) and translates for the publishing house Einaudi.

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Alessandra Farris, graduated in Greeck and Latin Language and Literature, grew up with two deaf parents. She met at the university of Cagliari, thanks to the Contamination Lab, Giorgia, Antonio and Andrea with whom she created “IntendiME”, a startup dealing with projects for deaf people. 

Claudio Fava was born in Catania (Sicily) in 1957; he graduated in Law and works as professional journalist, writing for the cinema, theatre and television. He is author of the script of “I cento passi” (awarded at the Venice film festival and winner of the David di Donatello Prize). He staged several theatrical works and published numerous books. The last one, written with Michele Gambino, is “Prima che la notte” (Baldini&Castoldi Publisher). His activity of writing has always been accompanied by the political engagement. Today he is member of the House and vice president of the Anti-Mafia Commission.

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Gian Luca Favetto (born in 1957) is writer, journalist, playwright and cinema and theater critic. He has collaborated with “La Repubblica” since 1989 and with “Diario” since 2000. He wrote for megazines like: “Gazzetta del popolo”, “Reporter”, “Sipario”, “L’indice”. He published numerous tales, essays, collections of poems and novels like: “Italia, provincia del Giro: storie di eroi, strade e inutili fughe” (Mondadori Publisher), “Le stanze di Mogador” (Verdenero), “I nomi fanno il mondo” (Il Narratore) and “Diventare pioggia” (Manni Editore). 

Adriano Favole. Vice Director for research at the Department of Cultures, Politics and Society at the University of Turin, where he teaches Cultural anthropology, Culture and power, Ethnology of Oceania. He taught at the universities of Milan, Genoa, Bologna and in New Caledonia. He travelled and researched in Futuna (western Polynesia), New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Australia and Réunion (Indian Ocean). His main fields of research are political anthropology, anthropology of the body, anthropology of heritage. Cooperates with La Lettura of Corriere della Sera. Among his latest publications Oceania. Isole di creatività culturale (Editori Laterza, 2010), La bussola dell’antropologo (Editori Laterza, 2015), Vie di fuga. Otto passi per uscire dalla propria cultura (UTET, Dialoghi sull’uomo, 2018).

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Emanuele Felice. Economy professor at D’Annunzio University of Chieti-Pescara. From 2010 to 2015, he was professor of Economic History at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He took part as speaker to several conferences and seminars, in four different continents and in some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Among his books: Perché il Sud è rimasto indietro (Il Mulino, 2013 and 2016, Sele d’oro award and Fontanamare Ignazio Silone award), Ascesa e Declino. Storia Economica d’Italia (Il Mulino, 2015, National cultural award Benedetto Croce and Premio dell’Associazione per il progresso economico), Storia economica della felicità (il Mulino, 2017). He is currently a columnist for Repubblica (previously for La Stampa).

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Mylene Fernández Pintado. She published various novels, translated in many languages, which won prestigious awards in Europe, the United States and Latin America. She is the only one of her family who remains in Cuba, after her parents’ death. The Los Angeles Review of Books identifies her as a literary guardian: a collector of her island’s stories of loss, desire and belonging. She is known in the world thanks to her capability of portraying with clarity of mind and sense of humour the contemporary Cuba and the lives of Cubans in exile. In Italy, she published the novels A Corner of the World (City Lights Publishers, 2017), Altre preghiere esaudite (Marco Tropea Editore, 2004) and different stories in various anthologies.

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Ferrari Gian Arturo was General Manager of the Book Division of the Mondadori Group since 1997 and Director of the Center for the Book and Reading . He was vice president of the Einaudi publishing house, president of the publishing house “Piemme” and president of “Mondadori Electa”. He is lecturer of history of science and of scientific thought at the university of Pavia. In 2014 he published the essay “Libro” for the Bollati Boringhieri Publishig House.

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Maurizio Ferraris. Professor of Philosophy at the Università di Torino, he was Fellow of the Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America and of the Alexander von Humboldt Stiftung. He has also been Directeur d’études of the Collège International de Philosophie and Visiting Professor at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales (Paris). He is columnist for La Repubblica. He wrote more than fifty books and the latest is Positive Realism (Zer0 Books, 2015). He has worked in the field of aesthetics, hermeneutics and social ontology, attaching his name to the theory of Documentality and contemporary New Realism.

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Daniela FInocchi. Journalist and essayist, in the feminist field she participated to the “Coordination female Journalists” of Piedmont , to the House of Women of Turin and has helped establish the “Coordination Against Violence” , the Pink Telephone of Turin , and the Center for Studies and Documentation of  Female Thought . She was ambassador “We Women” for EXPO and creator of the national literary competition “Lingua Madre” , intended for foreign women . She wrote , among others , “Geografie del silenzio” ( Mimesis , 2014) , and - as a curator – the anthologies  “Lingua Madre” ( Seb27 , 2006/2015 ) and “L’alterità che ci abita: donne migranti e percorsi di cambiamento” ( Seb27 , 2015) 

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Luisa Finocchi was born in Milan in 1955. After working for different publishing compagnie, she has been managing Fondazione Arnoldo e Alberto Mondadori since 1995, while she has been the responsible of Master in Editoria since 2001, supported by Università degli studi di Milano in partnership with Associazione italiana editori e Fondazione Mondadori and she coordinates the activities of Laboratorio Formentini per l’editoria since 2015.

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Manuela  Fiori. With Claudia Urgu and Cristina Fiori, since 2000 she deals with literature for children in their book-shop “Tuttestorie”, that promotes cultural events linked to the activity of reading: laboratories, refresher courses for teachers and librarians, meetings with authors and illustrators. In 2006 she conceived, with her colleagues, a festival of literature for children called “Tuttestorie”, that normally takes place in Cagliari the second week of October.

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Italo Fiorin. He is President of the degree course in Primary Education at the LUMSA University of Rome , where he teaches General Education, Pedagogy and Special Education . He is director of the LUMSA Humanitas Centre,  and chairman of the technical committee of ' IPRASE . He is currently coordinator of the Scientific Committee set up for the accompaniment and monitoring of the National Guidelines for the Curriculum (2013 ) and is part of the scientific committee set up at the Ministry of Education to work with the European Agency . He is director of the magazine  "Modern Italian School ". He published: “Pensare la scuola” ( 2012 ), “Scuola accogliente, scuola competente” (welcoming school , competent school ( 2012 ) .

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Clare Fisher. Born in London, she studied history at Oxford before falling in love with narrative. She completed the academic education in creative writing and she now lives in Leeds. Careful observer of the different areas of Southern London where she grew up, she tries to reflect in her writing social difficulties and women’s vulnerability. Her debut novel All the Good Things (Penguin UK, 2017) is a proof of it.

 

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Giovanni Floris was born in Rome in 1967. As a journalist, he was news correspondent for Rai in the USA. He published many essays such as Mal di merito. L’epidemia di raccomandazioni che paralizza l’Italia (2007), La fabbrica degli ignoranti. La disfatta della scuola italiana (2008) and Decapitati. Perché abbiamo la classe dirigente che non ci meritiamo (2011). He has been author and presenter of Ballarò (Rai 3) since 2002. He has been hosting Di Martedì on La7 since 2014. He published with Feltrinelli Il confine di Bonetti (2014), his first novel, and La prima regola degli Shardana (2016).

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Giovanni Follesa. Curator, critic, associate professor of History of Contemporary Architecture, curator of the Section of Architecture of the Triennale di Milano (2001-2005) and of the Pavillion Italia, of 12th  International Exhibition of Architecture and of the Biennale of Venise (2010). Since 1995 he has been editor for the architecture section for Skira Editore and scientific director of “Spazio FMG” for “Architettura Milano” since 2008. Since 2012 he has been member of the Superior Council of Cultural and Natural Heritage, MIBAC. He collaborates with “La Stampa”, “Corriere della Sera” and writes the column on Architecture for “L’Espresso”. His researches and publications focus on Italian and European XX and XXI centuries architecture. 

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Anna Folli is a professional journalist. In the nineties she was managing editor for “Editoriale Domus” and director of several magazines . Author  of interviews , cultural reports , book reviews , she collaborated  with important Italian newspapers and magazines, including  “La Gazzetta di Parma”, “Anna”, “Grazia”, and with known online literary magazines , such as “Golem” , directed by Umberto Eco , and  il Corriere.it . She is the author of the program “I magnifici” broadcast on Radio 24. Since 2010 she is co-author and director of the festival of literature and music “Le corde dell’anima” , which in its first five editions hosted famous writers and musicians .

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Fondazione Agnelli. It is an independent institute of culture and research in the field of human and social sciences, founded in 1966 on the occasion of the Centenary of the birth of the Fiat founder, Giovanni Agnelli. Fondazione Agnelli is based in Turin and, since its constitution, it is present in the Italian and European cultural debate with the aim to contribute with its researches to the understanding of changes in society. Since 2008, Fondazione Agnelli has chosen to focus its research activities on educational topics (schools, universities, lifelong learning). 

 

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Giorgio Fontana. He grew up in Caronno Pertusella , industrial town in the province of Varese , and studied philosophy at the State University of Milan . Between 2003 and 2004 he lived in Montpellier with an Erasmus scholarship . In 2007 he published his first novel “Buoni propositi per l’anno nuovo” (Mondadori Publisher ) , followed by “Novalis” ( Marsilio, 2008) .With the narrative reportage on immigrants in Milan “Babel 56.  Otto fermate nella città che cambia” ( Terre di mezzo, 2008) , he was one of the finalists for the Tondelli Prize . He collaborates for the online page of the "Sole 24 Ore", published articles and stories  on numerous printed and online newspapers and magazines, including " Linus ", " Lo straniero " , " La nazione indiana " and " Primo amore ", and is co-director of the literary pamphlet “ Eleanore Rigby” . He currently lives in Milan .

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András Forgách. He teaches at the Academy of Drama and Film in Budapest and he is also author of movie scripts. Playwright, his works and translations of classical and modern works have been staged in various theatres. He collaborated in many movies by Péter Forgács. In 1999 he published his first novel Aki nincs (Who is not here). In March 2018 he published the book Gli atti di mia madre (published by Neri Pozza); in April the English version No Live Files Remain (Scribner). The book will be published in 14 countries.

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Giorgio Fornoni. Accountant and reporter, he started a career in journalism  when he was 50 years. He documented many realities of war and insurgency , during more than thirty years spent traveling as a freelance reporter:  from the manufacturing  of cocaine in Peru , the gold traffic in the former Zaire, the evacuation of Liberia and Angola to the Taliban guerrillas. " Report" discovered him  in 1999 and gave him space. Since then he published many investigative reports . Recently it came out, for Chiarelettere editions a box containing his book and DVD entitled " Ai confini del mondo ". 

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Antonio Franchini. He was born in Naples in 1958, but lives and works in Milan . He is managing editor of the Italian and foreign fiction section of Mondadori Publishing House. He published "Camerati. Quattro novelle su come diventare grandi " (Leonardo, 1991) that won the Massarosa Prize and “Bagutta first work prize” in 1992, " Quando scriviamo da giovani " (Sottotraccia, 1996) , " Quando vi ucciderete, maestro? " (Marsilio, 1996; it received the Bergamo Award, the Chiavari Prize and was finalist at the Viareggio Prize ) and " Acqua, sudore, ghiaccio " ( Marsilio 1998) . He collaborates with numerous magazines .

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Leopoldo Freyrie. Architect. His main projects include the FNAC in Italy, the Boon the Shop building in Seoul, CO22 co-housing project in Milan and the new eco-friendly electric stations for Terna Rete Italia SPA. In 1984 one of his Design works was listed in the collection of the Staatliches Museum für angewandte Kunst in Munich. He is one of  the founders of the European Forum for the Architectural Policies and spokesperson of the Advisory Committee on Education and Training in the Field of Architecture at EU. In 2004 he was awarded with the AIA Presidential Medal. Since 2007 he is a member of the Italian Council of Design. From 2011 to 2016 he was the President of the Consiglio Nazionale Architetti PPC. At the moment he is the President of Fondazione RIUSO for urban regeneration.

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Diego Fusaro teaches History of Philosophy at the University San Raffaele in Milan . He directs  the philosophical series “I Cento talleri” (Il prato) and is editor of the Internet project “La filosofia e I suoi eroi” . Among his most recent books : “Bentornato Marx” ( Bompiani , 2009) , “Essere senza tempo. Accelerazione della storia e della vita” (Bompiani , 2010) , “Coraggio”( Cortina , 2012) , “Minima mercatalia. Filosofia e capitalismo” ( Bompiani , 2012) , “Idealismo e prassi. Fichte, Marx e Gentile” ( Il Melangolo,2013) , “Il futuro è nostro” ( Bompiani , Milan 2014) , and “Fichte e l’anarchia del commercio” (Il Melangolo , 2014) , “Antonio Gramsci” ( Feltrinelli, 2015) . Hi is columnist for “La Stampa”.