“We are Italian”, the program of meetings with Pacifico, Zamboni, Mazzucco, Fois and Cristofori

What have been the main social and cultural events that have characterized and shaped Italians in recent decades? How much and how have the imaginary, the desires, the way of living the present and planning the future changed, of Italians from the post-war period to today? What representations of the state, politics and citizens do the songwriting and contemporary literature offer? Three writers and two musicians tell the past, present and future of Italians in five meetings, held in three evocative Florentine cultural spaces, to rediscover our most recent past, analyze the urgency of the present and try to imagine a possible future. through great literature and songwriting. From 26 to 30 September 2022, Alberto Cristofori, Melania Mazzucco, Marcello Fois, Pacifico and Massimo Zamboni, will be the protagonists of the review “We are Italians. Narrations of the present time”conceived and directed by Pierpaolo Orlandopresident and artistic director of Fenysia, the school of cultural languages ​​of Florence. The meetings, a free entrywill be held at PARC – Performing Arts Research Centerto the MAD Murate Art District and to Oblate Library.

Program

September 26th | 18.00 | PARC – Performing Arts Research Center, Piazzale delle Cascine 7, Florence
Pacific: “Me and my family of barbarians”
(The ship of Theseus). In dialogue with the author, the journalist Ginevra Barbetti. The meeting will be interspersed with the performance of some pieces from the musician’s repertoire.
The book, with an autobiographical slant, tells the story of his family’s migration with irony and love, from Campania to Paris via Milan. A familiar fresco, made up of Italian rites and history, where small autobiographical fragments build something that as a whole takes on the breath and dimension of an epic that affected an entire generation of Italians.
The author talks about it together with the journalist Ginevra Barbetti. The meeting will be interspersed with the performance of some songs from the musician’s repertoire.

Pacific (born Luigi “Gino” De Crescenzo) is one of the most respected musician, writer, author and songwriter on the Italian scene. He has six albums and one EP to his credit. In addition to the ten-year partnership with Gianna Nannini, during his career he has written for Andrea Bocelli, Gianni Morandi, Adriano Celentano, Malika Ayane, Eros Ramazzotti, Zucchero, Giorgia, Antonello Venditti, Extraliscio, Claudio Capeo and many others. He has participated twice in the Sanremo Festival and has won prestigious awards, including the Tenco Award for Best First Work. His first novel, I gave you a kiss while you were sleeping, was republished by La nave di Teseo in 2020, for Baldini + Castoldi he published in 2019 a short collection of thoughts entitled Le flies.

September 27th | 18.00 | MAD – Murate Art District, Piazza delle Murate, Florence
Alberto Cristofori: vices and virtues of Italians through Dante’s gaze
. The meeting will be accompanied by readings of the Song by Laura Cioni.
Starting from the XXVII of Hell, that of Guido da Montefeltro, Alberto Cristofori reflects on the “characters of the Italians”: parochialism, quarrels, religion reduced to ritual and hypocrisy etc., which from Dante’s time to today still animate our society. Useful references to broaden the discussion to the “pars construens” in which Dante exposes what for him are the true values, from Francesco to Bonconte da Montefeltro.

Alberto Cristofori (Milan, 1961) is an editorial consultant and translator. Among the authors who translated: Patrick McGrath, Quentin Tarantino, Luis Buñuel, Don Winslow, Philip K. Dick and Abdulrazak Gurnah (Nobel Prize 2021). He has published school manuals and books for children, as well as a novel (Ultimo Viaggio by Odoardo Bevilacqua, Bompiani 2014) and a collection of short stories (Nudità, Bompiani 2017).

September 28th | 18.00 | Altana of the Oblate Library, via dell ‘Oriuolo 24, Florence
Melania Mazzucco: how the imaginary and desires of Italians and Italians have changed from the post-war period to today
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How the way of living the present and planning has changed. A reflection on the themes of mobility (emigration, exile and dispatriation), the family and desire beyond genders.

Melania Mazzucco (Rome, 1966) is a writer and essayist. Her novels are translated in 27 countries. She made her debut with Il bacio della Medusa (1996), followed by Baltus’s room (1998), She so loved (2000) and Vita (2003, Premio Strega). In 2005 she published A perfect day, from which Ferzan Ozpetek draws the film of the same name. In January 2011 you receive the Viareggio-Tobino literary prize as author of the year. From the novel Limbo (2012, Elsa Morante Award), the director Lucio Pellegrini has drawn the homonymous TV film (2015); of 2013 is Sei come sei. With the successful Il Museo del Mondo (2014) you continued your very personal narration of art, recounting 52 paintings from every era. In 2016 she published Io sono con te (2016), winner of Radio3 Fahrenheit’s Book of the Year 2016 award. You have written for cinema, theater and radio, and collaborate with “La Repubblica”.
Participation is free and booking is recommended through the dedicated online platform or by contacting the Library at 055 261 6512 and at bibliotecadelleoblate@comune.fi.it

29 September | 18.00 | Altana of the Oblate Library, via dell ‘Oriuolo 24, Florence
Marcello Fois: “The invention of the Italians. Where Heart takes us”
(Einaudi). In dialogue with the author the historian and critic Marino Biondi.
De Amicis invented the Italians, he expressed the possible coordinates of a people in the chaos of apparently irreconcilable differences. And he did it because he believed in a utopian model of society to the point of thinking that you are happy only if you are happy with who you are. Italy today is a country where those who know are mocked. Where the Franti – the cowards who take it out on the weakest – become ministers; a country in which to emerge it seems it is necessary to show one’s worst, ruthless, heartless side. These pages, on the other hand, remind us that the fundamental importance of the Deamicisian pedagogical story was precisely that of formulating an essential grammar, through which we could represent and tell ourselves as a united people because of solidarity. A grammar based on education, empathy and loving kindness, which in times of hatred it is all the more important to try to learn again.

Marcello Fois (Nuoro, 1960) is a writer, playwright and screenwriter. He made his debut in 1989, and since then his books have been translated into many languages, and have received numerous prizes and awards, including: Calvino prize, Dessì prize, Scerbanenco prize, Fedeli prize, Super Grinzane Cavour prize, Volponi prize, Alassio prize Centolibri, Procida-Isola di Arturo-Elsa Morante prize, Crovi prize. In addition to fiction, Fois also dedicates himself to screenwriting, both for television and cinema. The invention of the Italians. Where Heart Takes Us (2021) is his latest book.
Participation is free and booking is recommended through the dedicated online platform or by contacting the Library at 055 261 6512 and at bibliotecadelleoblate@comune.fi.it

September 30th | 18.00 | Altana of the Oblate Library, via dell ‘Oriuolo 24, Florence
Massimo Zamboni: “My current homeland”
(Universal). In dialogue with the author, the journalist Davide Agazzi. The meeting will be interspersed with the performance of some songs from the album.
“Patria is not a light word. It also contains in itself the masking of inequalities, the exercise of violence in defense of personal or caste interests. But homeland is what we have, what we are, an immaterial presence that justifies the profound essence of peoples. Why then is it so difficult to pronounce this word for the Italian language? ” The ten songs of the album La mia patria current (2022) develop around this question, in which the musician from Reggio Emilia, historical guitarist and composer of the CCCP, reflects on the fraying and abuse of the cultural and social value of the word “homeland” .
The author talks about it together with the Controradio journalist Davide Agazzi. The meeting will be interspersed with the performance of some songs from the album.

Massimo Zamboni (Reggio Emilia, 1957) is a guitarist, songwriter and writer. He was guitarist and composer of the CCCP and subsequent CSI. In 2004 is the album Sister defeated, which inaugurates her solo career, in which she has released 9 albums, the last of which is La mia patria current (2022). He has made numerous film soundtracks and published several books, including: In Mongolia in reverse (Giunti Editore, 2000), with Giovanni Lindo Ferretti, L’eco di una sparo (Einaudi, 2015), winner of the Alessandro Manzoni literary prize , Floating Souls (La nave di Teseo, 2016), with Vasco Brondi.
Participation is free and booking is recommended through the dedicated online platform or by contacting the Library at 055 261 6512 and at bibliotecadelleoblate@comune.fi.it

All events are free, reservations are recommended by email to info@scuolafenysia.it. For events at the Oblate library, reservations must be made through the dedicated online platform or by contacting the Library at 055 261 6512 and at bibliotecadelleoblate@comune.fi.it

The review We’re Italian. Narrative of the present timeconceived and directed by Pierpaolo Orlando and curated by Fenysia-school of cultural languages, is realized thanks to the contribution of Estate Fiorentina, PON Metro, Municipality of Florence, Agency for Territorial Cohesion and was co-financed by the European Union – Social Fund European, as part of the Metropolitan Cities Operational Program 2014-2020.

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“We are Italian”, the program of meetings with Pacifico, Zamboni, Mazzucco, Fois and Cristofori