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  • 24 May 2022 How to organise a library “Founding libraries is like building public barns, piling up stock to tackle a winter of the spirit that, as several clues reveal, I fear will soon be here.” ... +
  • 24 May 2022

    How to organise a library

    “Founding libraries is like building public barns, piling up stock to tackle a winter of the spirit that, as several clues reveal, I fear will soon be here.” Words by Marguerite Yourcenar, from her book Memoirs of Hadrian, which summarise in a sharp, effective image the roles that good books have, especially in times of crises and uncertainty – just like ours. This is the theme of this review: books that talk about books. Starting with a key text, Come ordinare una biblioteca (How to organise a library) by Roberto Calasso, published by Adelphi. It's about one's personal organisation, of course, determined by inclination, passion, aesthetic taste, practical choices (books need to be easily found when you need them because, as Umberto Eco taught us, “educated individuals are those who know where to locate particular information when, once in their lifetime, they need it.”). Yet, a library's organisation also reflects the vision one has of the world, of scientific and cultural processes, of historical evolutions, and it gradually changes as the librarian makes new experiences and acquires new knowledge. Calasso, founder and key figure of the Adelphi publishing house, has chosen, published and promoted many books and, of course, he's also written a few valuable ones himself. In these pages, through anecdotes and testimonies (by Rochefoucald, Warburg, Cassirer and many others), he helps book lovers to keep on moving forward with the inquisitiveness and daring that keen readers possess.  

    Come ordinare una biblioteca (How to organise a library)
    Roberto Calasso
    Adelphi, 2020

    How to organise a library
  • 11 May 2022 The Gothic line “For me, an imagined Gothic line splits Italy in half. I straddle it. The spiritual dilemmas, those of the soul, are projected onto its geographic features.” Ottiero Ottieri's ... +
  • 11 May 2022

    The Gothic line

    “For me, an imagined Gothic line splits Italy in half. I straddle it. The spiritual dilemmas, those of the soul, are projected onto its geographic features.” Ottiero Ottieri's book is a diary written during the 1950s and published for the first time in 1963, filled with stories and personal experiences relating to the factory world of the Italian post-war period. The existentialist musings in Ottieri's diary interweave with a critique of those years' industrial system and, brimming with notions and questions still to be explored, are still very relevant today. The author's political and social remarks are never restricted to the theoretical plane, but are applied to the factory world, a world that Ottieri knew first-hand, through his time spent working at Olivetti, and to which he returns in his following books, too, such as in the autobiographical novel Donnarumma all'assalto (Donnarumma on the attack), one of the most interesting works of Italian industrial literature.  

    La linea gotica. Taccuino 1948-1958 (The Gothic line. Diary 1948-1958)
    Ottiero Ottieri
    Guanda, 2012

    The Gothic line
  • 12 April 2022 When the shooting stopped Giovanni Pesce tells us about the liberation days, when Milan was freed from nazism and fascism at the end of World War II, piecing together a mosaic of ... +
  • 12 April 2022

    When the shooting stopped

    Giovanni Pesce tells us about the liberation days, when Milan was freed from nazism and fascism at the end of World War II, piecing together a mosaic of testimonies and first-hand experiences in his role as commander of the Third GAP Brigade “Rubini”. It's the narration of one of the most important periods of Italian history, reconstructed through the stories of hundreds of partisans, young women and men, intellectuals and labourers, centred on what happened between 23 April and 6 May 1945 in different parts of the Lombard capital, from suburbs to stations, but also outside the city, from the Lodi to the Brianza areas, from the Legnano to the Olrepò Pavese regions. Pesce masterfully describes the resistance activities that took place within the factories of Milan as well as the role played by factory workers, illustrating the common effort exerted by all those involved with the Resistance during the days of the Italian liberation.  

    Quando cessarono gli spari. 23 aprile-6 maggio 1945: la liberazione di Milano (When the shooting stopped. 23 April - 6 May 1945: the liberation of Milan)
    Giovanni Pesce
    Feltrinelli, 1977

    When the shooting stopped
  • 22 March 2022 Design made in Italy “Design has always been better at expressing values. Yet what underpins us all is a love of beauty.” A new Italy characterised by factories, industry and reconstruction began ... +
  • 22 March 2022

    Design made in Italy

    “Design has always been better at expressing values. Yet what underpins us all is a love of beauty.” A new Italy characterised by factories, industry and reconstruction began to define itself against the background of the second post-war period, distinguished not only by social and cultural backwardness but also by heavy economic implications. A resurgence marked by the rediscovery of high-quality craftsmanship, which, especially during the economic boom, was able to conquer the markets and impose that distinct Italian ‘taste for the beautiful’ worldwide. Design made in Italy collects some examples of “design photography”, for which Niccolò Biddau is a prominent name on the Italian scene. Indeed, it's no coincidence that he was the photographer entrusted to immortalise some of the industrial objects that have become iconic to the public at large. Since the beginning of the 20th century, capturing the image of a product and disseminating it as part of an aesthetic project became not just a way to highlight the product's beauty, uniqueness and universal nature, but also a creative drive entailing a veritable corporate asset – from the production of material and immaterial goods to everyday objects and artistic and literary creations. The Made in Italy concept is also distinctively expressed within its manufacturing hubs, factories and plants, thanks to a constant dialogue between architects and artisans, industry and academia, factory and artists. Pirelli is a prime example of this, as through collaborations with artists, designers and graphic designers it succeeded in generating a visual language coherent with the principles of innovation, quality and experimentation, traits that are also at the core of the company itself. In the foreword of Design made in Italy, photographer Niccolò Biddau chats with journalist Giovanni Pelloso about the strategic and winning role that design will play in the future of Italian manufacturing – thinking about Calligaris, Lamborghini, Flos, Agape, Ferrari, Maserati, Ducati, Borsalino, Missoni and many other outstanding brands. Through his camera lens, Biddau has been able to capture the objects' exceptional nature, focusing on their details in order to shift the viewer's attention onto a specific “fragment of reality”. The volume also collects images taken at the Pirelli's Industrial Hub in Settimo Torinese, where Biddau has immortalised the tyres' post-vulcanisation process, creating prints of a “beautiful factory”, a factory 4.0, which can generate goods while, at the same time, being a site for the expression of corporate culture and Made in Italy craftsmanship. Realism, objectivity, neutrality – the three key principles in Biddau's photography – resonate in the expression of object's materiality and in details that might appear obsolete, especially in the digitalisation era, but that nonetheless originate images that are impervious to time and product changes.  

    Design made in Italy
    by Niccolò Biddau
    Photo publisher

    Design made in Italy
  • 26 May 2022 The words that made Italy From ‘Garibaldi’ to ‘Tricolore’, from ‘Donne’ (women and their role) to the ‘Costituzione’ (the Italian Constitution), from the Battle of ‘Caporetto’ to ‘Bicicletta’ (bicycle) . 160 years after ... +
  • 26 May 2022

    The words that made Italy

    From ‘Garibaldi’ to ‘Tricolore’, from ‘Donne’ (women and their role) to the ‘Costituzione’ (the Italian Constitution), from the Battle of ‘Caporetto’ to ‘Bicicletta’ (bicycle) . 160 years after the unification of Italy, Anna Pini selects and arranges alphabetically the most significant words we should always remember, not only to explain a delicate and seemingly contradictory period such as World War Two to the younger generations, but also to keep in mind the defining moments that have made Italy the country it is today, from Garibaldi to our current times. Le parole che hanno fatto l’Italia (The words that made Italy) is a glossary of images and words representing the Italian tricolour flag, narrating the places, objects, ideas and figures that are essential to the country's history. A celebration of partisan ideals, a frontal assault on fascist dictatorship, a place to collect all that lies between two extremes.  

    Le parole che hanno fatto l’Italia (The words that made Italy)
    by Anna Pini
    Edizioni Piemme, 2021

    The words that made Italy
  • 11 May 2022 Jack Bennet and the key to all things Jack Bennet is a ten-year-old like many others. One morning, while going to work, Jack meets a curious character that seems to have come out of nowhere; the ... +
  • 11 May 2022

    Jack Bennet and the key to all things

    Jack Bennet is a ten-year-old like many others. One morning, while going to work, Jack meets a curious character that seems to have come out of nowhere; the man gives him a key, “a master key to open any lock”. Jack starts travelling through unknown and bizarre worlds, which he has to handle on behalf of the “Father of all things”. With echoes from Alice in Wonderland and a touch of Dickens, Fiore Manni's quirky novel is set in a London of times past. Over 17 chapters, short and well-paced, Jack Bennet e la chiave di tutte le cose (Jack Bennet and the key to all things) narrates Jack's incredible learning experience as he crosses transdimensional portals looking for treasure. Thus, amid fantastical animals, wild beasts, old sages and huge galleons, Jack lives the greatest, most exciting adventures, thanks to which he succeeds in escaping from his daily life, with its homework and the responsibilities weighing on his shoulders – above all, from an adult-like life that seems to be crushing his innocence, obliterating the best years a child his age can have. Fiore Manni's flowing and gentle style tells a coming-of-age story with much tenderness and irony, as well as love and imagination.

    Jack Bennet e la Chiave di tutte le cose (Jack Bennet and the key to all things)
    by Fiore Manni
    Rizzoli, 2018

    Jack Bennet and the key to all things
  • 12 April 2022 Alice stays at home This is the story of Alice, a 15-year-old girl with whom getting along is rather difficult. Incredibly unlikable from the very first pages, she seems to hate everything ... +
  • 12 April 2022

    Alice stays at home

    This is the story of Alice, a 15-year-old girl with whom getting along is rather difficult. Incredibly unlikable from the very first pages, she seems to hate everything and everyone except Andrea, her best friend, and her grandfather Bob. Unlike her parents, who work in a hospital during the COVID-19 pandemic and don't have the time to care for her while they're trying to understand a virus they don't know anything about and that's killing a lot of people, Bob really listens to her and doesn't label everything she says as “childish”. Skià, a YouTuber, also listens to her and forces her to question herself, open up to new dreams and take flight. A story that blends real life and imagination and that leads readers to second-guess everything – protagonist included – and that might seem disquieting at times, though undoubtedly brilliant in its entirety. The two authors explore several themes, first of all Coronavirus and its consequences on the life of people and of teens who are already dealing with adolescence and the insecurities it brings with it. Perfectly executed in terms of both style and content, Alice resta a casa (Alice stays at home) juxtaposes fact and fantasy, the world of grown-ups and the world of children, with writing styles that simultaneously interweave and diverge from each other, while its protagonist recalls another heroine, the Alice who got lost in Wonderland.

    Alice resta a casa (Alice stays at home)
    by Manlio Castagna e Marco Ponti
    Mondadori, 2021

    Alice stays at home
  • 07 April 2022 Viola and the colour blue Viola is a little girl who does not like to pretend play she is a princess, she would rather play football. She loves all colours, so much so ... +
  • 07 April 2022

    Viola and the colour blue

    Viola is a little girl who does not like to pretend play she is a princess, she would rather play football. She loves all colours, so much so that she writes their names with a capital, because to her they are just like people: each one is unique. Yet, many adults think that some colours are ‘for boys’ and others are ‘for girls’. She cannot understand why, so she asks her father, who is a painter and therefore knows a lot about colours. Through the dialogue between father and daughter, illustrated in monochromatic hues of blue and inspired by the conversations the author has with his own daughters, Matteo Bussola reflects on the theme of gender stereotypes through a mutual exchange that celebrates diversity and the importance of growing up respecting the many facets that life has to offer. With his distinctive ability to make even the deepest topic sound easy, and using sensitive language, the author shows adults and children how stereotypes are only gilded cages in which women and men end up living, often without even realising it. Colours, tastes and preferences do (or rather, should) not come with a label attached.  

    Viola e il blu (Viola and the colour blue)
    by Matteo Bussola
    Salani, 2021

    Viola and the colour blue

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  • 01 June 2022 The Economics Festival in Trento The 2022 edition of the Festival dell’Economia di Trento will be held in Trento from 2 to 5 June. The event is organised by the Autonomous Province of ... +
  • 01 June 2022

    The Economics Festival in Trento

    The 2022 edition of the Festival dell’Economia di Trento will be held in Trento from 2 to 5 June. The event is organised by the Autonomous Province of Trento and by the 24 ORE Group in collaboration with the University of Trento and the City of Trento, with a wide-ranging programme that will revolve around the main theme, which is After the Pandemic (And With a War in Progress), "ORDER AND DISORDER". The Pirelli Foundation will be taking part with two events linked to the promotion of its corporate culture: On 3 June at 5 p.m., at the Municipal Library in Trento, Antonio Calabrò, director of the Pirelli Foundation, together with Paolo Bricco, correspondent for Il Sole 24 Ore, will present the book Thinking Ahead: Pirelli, 150 Years of Industry, Innovation, and Culture. The new book, edited by the Pirelli Foundation and published by Marsilio, is a collective account of the most important technological innovations made by Pirelli from its foundation in 1872 through to the present day. Also on 3 June, at 7.30 p.m., Maestro Salvatore Accardo and the Orchestra da Camera Italiana with the participation of Gile Bae, as solo pianist, will perform J.S. Bach's Piano Concerto no.1, Giuseppe Verdi's Quartet in E minor and 'Il Canto della Fabbrica', a work inspired by the sounds of the Pirelli Industrial Centre in Settimo Torinese, commissioned from the composer Francesco Fiore by the Pirelli Foundation in 2017.

    The Economics Festival in Trento
  • 18 May 2022 The Pirelli Foundation at the Salone del Libro di Torino A meeting entitled “Cultura Politecnica. Cos’è l’heritage aziendale e come crea cultura” will be held at the Turin Book Fair on Thursday 19 May at 2.30 p.m. With ... +
  • 18 May 2022

    The Pirelli Foundation at the Salone del Libro di Torino

    A meeting entitled “Cultura Politecnica. Cos’è l’heritage aziendale e come crea cultura” will be held at the Turin Book Fair on Thursday 19 May at 2.30 p.m. With Antonio Calabrò, Eligio Imarisio, Raffaella Luglini and Francesco Morace. A conversation about intersecting skills, multiple forms of knowledge, and processes of humanisation and innovation within company interactions and their impact on social and territorial cohesion. Based on the books Thinking Ahead: Pirelli, 150 Years of Industry, Innovation, and Culture edited by the Pirelli Foundation (Marsilio Editori) and L’umanesimo industriale nell’Italia d’Otto-Novecento by Eligio Imarisio (Erga Edizioni)

    The Pirelli Foundation at the Salone del Libro di Torino
  • 06 May 2022 Premio Campiello Junior 2022: Winner Announced The winner of the first edition of the Premio Campiello Junior was announced today, 6 May 2022, in the Big Hall of H-Farm in Roncade (Treviso). From the ... +
  • 06 May 2022

    Premio Campiello Junior 2022: Winner Announced

    The winner of the first edition of the Premio Campiello Junior was announced today, 6 May 2022, in the Big Hall of H-Farm in Roncade (Treviso). From the three finalist books, the students who formed the Jury of Readers chose: Antonella SbuelzQuesta notte non torno, Feltrinelli During the event, which was presented by Federico Russo together with Virginia Stagni, the president of the Selection Jury Roberto Piumini and the jury members Chiara Lagani, Michela Possamai and David Tolin talked to the young people present and all those taking part online about their passion for books and reading. See you in 2023 at the next edition of the Prize! To watch a recording of the event, click here.

    Premio Campiello Junior 2022: Winner Announced
  • 05 May 2022 Vicenza Città Impresa Vicenza Città Impresa is back, from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May. On Saturday 7 May at 5 p.m., Daniela Polizzi, a journalist for the Corriere della Sera, ... +
  • 05 May 2022

    Vicenza Città Impresa

    Vicenza Città Impresa is back, from Friday 6 to Sunday 8 May. On Saturday 7 May at 5 p.m., Daniela Polizzi, a journalist for the Corriere della Sera, will host a discussion between Sandro Boscaini, chairman of Masi Agricola, Antonio Calabrò, president of Museimpresa, Mariacristina Gribaudi, sole director of Keyline and president of the Fondazione Musei Civici di Venezia, and Giuseppe Lupo, a writer and teacher of Contemporary Italian Literature at the Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore. The discussion, which will be held as part of the presentation event for the book L’avvenire della memoria by Antonio Calabrò, will be an opportunity to discuss and reflect on the links between culture and business and on the importance of memory for the creation of a new economic future.

    Vicenza Città Impresa
  • 12 May 2022 Henry David Thoreau Henry David Thoreau was born on 12 July 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts, and he died in the same city on 6 May 1862. In his books, the American ... +
  • 12 May 2022

    Henry David Thoreau

    Henry David Thoreau was born on 12 July 1817 in Concord, Massachusetts, and he died in the same city on 6 May 1862. In his books, the American philosopher and writer investigates the relationship between human beings and nature, as in his famous autobiographical novel Walden; or, Life in the Woods, in which he attempts to enter into an intimate relationship with nature, through his experience of living for two years in a cabin in the woods, by Walden Pond. The book later provided inspiration for some authors of the Beat Generation, such as Jack Kerouac and Allen Ginsberg.

    Henry David Thoreau
  • 09 May 2022 Emilio Salgari Emilio Salgari was born in Verona on 21 August 1862 and died in Turin on 25 April 1911. Salgari was a great Italian writer who is famed mainly ... +
  • 09 May 2022

    Emilio Salgari

    Emilio Salgari was born in Verona on 21 August 1862 and died in Turin on 25 April 1911. Salgari was a great Italian writer who is famed mainly for the series of adventure novels devoted to the pirate Sandokan, nicknamed “The Tiger of Malaysia”, and for his series on the pirates of the Antilles. He was also one of the pioneers of Italian science fiction with his novel Le meraviglie del Duemila – the Wonders of the 2000s. His works include Le tigri di Mompracem, I pirati della Malesia, Il corsaro nero and Cartagine in fiamme.

    Emilio Salgari