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Program 2009


5th Edition

The power of book

Power against books. Books against power

October 21 - 25, 2009
Torino, October 21 - 23 / Saluzzo, October 23 - 25 / Savigliano, October 25 - 24



WEDNESDAY, October 21 

Accademia Albertina delle Belle Arti - via dell’Accademia Albertina 6

4.30 PM

Opening speech for the 5th Edition of FestivalStoria, Angelo d’Orsi

5.00 PM

Award giving of Premio FestivalStoria (4th Edition)
Livio Berardo and Angelo d’Orsi
In collaboration with the Istituto Storico della Resistenza e della Società contemporanea in Provincia di Cuneo

5.30 PM

Lecture of the Award winner 

6.00 PM

Books, power and censorship
Lectio Magistralis
by Alberto Asor Rosa
Organized in collaboration with Editori Laterza
One of the most internationally known Italian intellectuals discusses about the role of the book today: is it still useful, in the internet era? How to deal with the unfair match with television? Is the book still the main mean for intellectual expression and dispute? Which spaces do remain for disagreement? And at what cost?

9.00 PM

Made by books. The books that made the Italians. The books that made you.
Game with the public
The guests, representatives of the worlds of the culture, of the school, of the labour and of the institutions, will tell which is the book that contributed the most to their identity building and to that of the Italians. The audience will participate in a game. By reading, one can learn, play and become a citizen. 

Musical breaks with piano executed by Giorgia Delorenzi. Organisation by De Sono Associazione per la musica


THURSDAY, October 22 

Facoltà di Scienze Politiche, Sala Lauree della Facoltà di Scienze Politiche - via Verdi 25

9.30-11.00 AM

The books that made the Italians
Lecture of Arnaldo Di Benedetto
The warning by Massimo d’Azeglio resounds: Italy is made, we need to “make the Italians”. Which authors and which books have been making the Italians? A travel into the national literature, in search of works, known and less known, that contributed to the construction of the Italian “identity”.   

11.30 AM – 1.00 PM

How (and when) are the intellectuals silent and how (and when) do they speak?  
Conversation between Alberto Asor Rosa and Angelo d’Orsi
Organized in collaboration with Editori Laterza
Does it still exist a “mission” for the intellectual? How is his function being changing? Is he able to “tell the truth”? These and other questions will drive the conversation between Alberto Asor Rosa e Angelo d’Orsi, who will face lights and shadows of the role of intellectuals today. 

Biblioteca Civica Italo Calvino - lungo Dora Agrigento 94

4.00 – 5.30 PM

The books: where (and how) to read them?
Round table with Antonella Agnoli, Paolo Messina, Alessandro Perissinotto, Eugenio Pintore 
In a moment of serious difficulties for the culture and of the decline of the social importance of reading, the function of the libraries for the education and the socialization is to reclaim with vigour. A writer and some experts discuss about books and their “temples” (the places of conservation, of production and of consume). 

6.00 - 7.45 PM

A trial for the book
Democrazie senza democrazia by Massimo L. Salvadori (Laterza 2009), Organized by the Reading Group “The contemporary political though” of the Biblioteche Civiche di Torino. Salvatore Lupo is the chairman of the Tribunal. The Author participates as “accused”. Organized in collaboration with the Biblioteche Civiche di Torino.
FestivalStoria proposes again the formula of the own invention of a process: the Reading Groups of the Civic Libraries of Torino will play the roles of the claimant and of the defendant. Will the author of the book be “acquitted” or “sentenced” ?

Palazzo dal Pozzo della Cisterna, Sala Consiglieri della Provincia di Torino - via Maria Vittoria 12

9.00-11.00 PM

Publishers, books and power
Round table with Walter Barberis (University of Torino; Giulio Einaudi Editore), Daniela Di Sora (Voland Edizioni), Lorenzo Fazio (Casa editrice Chiarelettere), Ernesto Ferrero (Salone Internazionale del Libro, Torino), Gianluca Foglia (Feltrinelli Editore), Giuseppe Laterza (Editori Laterza), Vincenzo Ostuni (Casa editrice Ponte alle Grazie). Piero Dorfles (Rai) chairs.  
Publishers, journalists and culture organizers meet in order to discuss about their profession and about the relation with the political power. Which conditioning, which obstacles and which negotiation spaces are being created or demolished for the culture today? How did the publisher profession changed? Is easier to write or to sell books?


FRIDAY, October 23

Il Circolo dei Lettori - via Bogino 9

9.15-10.30 AM

Cuore, the book that made the Italians, despite themselves.
Lecture of Gilles Pécout
Reading by Marlen Pizzo and Cristiano Burgio
Cuore, the popular novel by Edmondo De Amicis, since always generates either love or aversion. Designated as a fundamental stone of “Italianità” both in the good and in the bad sense, this novel, after 120 years since its first publication, is still object of attention and discussion. A passionate foreign expert discusses about it, through his external and cunning eyes.     

10.45 -12.15 AM

Berlin, 1989. Books against bricks
Aldo Agosti, Volker Braun, Susanna Böhme-Kuby
Organized in collaboration with Goethe Institut of Torino
The fall of the Berlin Wall (November 9, 1989) is celebrated this year as the symbol of the end of the German division and of the Cold War, and as triumph of “freedom”. However, not all that glitters is gold. Two scholars  and a  poet discuss on the role of the literature in preparing the 1989 events.

3.30 - 4.30 PM

Il Principe by Machiavelli. A handbook for ruling or for defending yourself from rulers? 
Enzo Baldini
converses with Ugo Dotti 
Reading by Marlen Pizzo and Cristiano Burgio
Two scholars talk about the fortune of a work which has been exalted and condemned, used and abused. It has been interpreted sometimes as                           guide for the execution of power, other times as counter-guide for the oppressed.

5.30 - 6.30 PM  

Literature, history and memory

Riccardo Cristiano
and Rosita Di Peri converse with Elias Khuri
Organized in collaboration with Il Circolo dei Lettori 
A writer will tell us about his tormented country, the Lebanon, and about the function that the literature has as a mean of memory conservation and of elaboration of the collective trauma after the war and the foreign occupation. Together with him, two experts of the Lebanese reality will accompany us in this “travel of the soul”.

6.45 - 7.45 PM

Il Circolo dei Lettori, Sala Biliard
History and the Wall 
“Meeting/Match” between Paolo Granzotto and Angelo d’Orsi in the occasion of the publication of the book 1989. Del come la storia è                           cambiata, ma in peggio, by Angelo d’Orsi, Ponte alle Grazie, 2009.
Peace should have come, but, instead, a proliferation of ferocious wars occurred. Justice should have risen, but a global oligarchy enhanced its political and economic power and a strong individualism spread, indifferent to the troubles and to the rightful aspirations of the others. Wealth should have grown, but hunger and poverty rose, in our countries too. Democracy should have become stronger: it has been deprived by the l                          ies of the politicians, by the narrowing of rights, by the silence of enslaved intellectuals. These are the challenging thesis of Angelo d’Orsi’s                            book, about which the discussion will take place.  
* Entry and drink: € 5.00 

Palazzo dal Pozzo della Cisterna, Sala Consiglieri della Provincia di Torino - via Maria Vittoria 12 

9.15 PM

Tactile, thermal, olfactory: the Futurist book
Ugo Nespolo, Emilia David, Angelo d’Orsi
Reading by Marlen Pizzo and Cristiano Burgio
he courage of the futurist art found one of its most interesting expressions in the creation of objects-books (the “can book”, the bolted book, the olfactory book, the thermal book…). This is one of the many manifestations of the “totalitarian” dimension of futurism. An artist, Ugo Nespolo, whose art somehow recalls some futurist traits, and two experts of Marinetti’s movement lead us to this exploration.
The evening will be enriched by music and original futurist audio-documents, and by a small book exposition. 


FRIDAY October 23, SATURDAY October 24, SUNDAY October 25 

La Castiglia – piazza Castello
In the occasion of the 5th Edition of FestivalStoria The power of book, the Municipality of Saluzzo - Assessorati alla Cultura e all’Istruzione, thanks to the collaboration among Biblioteca Civica, the Museo Civico Casa Cavassa, the Servizi culturali, the ufficio IAT, the Istituto Storico della Resistenza e della Società contemporanea in Provincia di Cuneo, the bookshops and the Cultural Associations of Saluzzo, organizes activities for schools and citizens. 

La Castiglia will be open from 9.00 AM to 11 PM.

Le mie prigioni, Pinocchio and Cuore: three books to “make the Italians” 
Bibliographical exhibition organized by the Biblioteca Civica
114 editions are exposed, 45 of which come from the collection of the Biblioteca Civica. The others are from the historical collection of Fondazione Alberto             Colonnetti di Torino, which is specialized in research and conservation of texts related to children’s literature. 

Art Exhibition
from the contemporary art collection of  dell’Istituto Garuzzo per le Arti visive of Torino

Exposition and bookshops with books on the topics adressed by FestivalStoria, organized by Librai saluzzesi, opening hours 9.30 AM - 1.00 PM; 2.30 PM - 11.00 PM.
, Piazza Risorgimento 42
Le Corti, via della Resistenza 4
Mondadori, Via Torino 22
San Carlo
, Via Spielberg 95/a
Stella Maris, Piazzetta Santa Maria 9

4.00 PM; 5.00 PM; 6.00 PM
Stories in Castiglia. The castle reveals itself through the events and the persons who lived among its walls along the                                                               centuries.*

Guided group tours (max 25 persons), starting from the Reception. 
Tours are organized by Alessandra Aimar, Valeria Primo, CODESS Cultura 
*Entry € 2,00 per person. Inscription at the reception

Workshops for primary schools – Friday, October 23 and Saturday October 24 – morning. 

Once upon a time…a piece of wood
By Biblioteca Civica di Saluzzo
Play reading of texts from Pinocchio, Collodi

Art books
Organized by didactical section of Museo Civico Casa Cavassa
Creativity workshop following the Bruno Munari method 
Before the book: papyrus, barks, alphabets, words
By Cetta Berardo e Livio Berardo
Recreational workshop

Workshops for secondary schools of I grade – Friday, October 23 and Saturday, October 24 - morning
Stories in Castiglia. The castle reveals itself through the events and the persons who lived among 
its walls along the centuries  
Guided tours organized by Alessandra Aimar, Valeria Primo, CODESS Cultura 

Before the book: papyrus, barks, alphabets, words

By Cetta Berardo e Livio Berardo
Recreational workshop

Workshops for secondary schools of II grade – Friday, October 23 - morning
The fires of the Library of Alexandria through ancient sources
By Livio Berardo
Translation and research workshop for gymnasium students

The use of newspaper in the study of contemporary history
By Paolo Giaccone - Istituto Storico della Resistenza e della Società contemporanea in Provincia di Cuneo
Research workshop
How to build a bibliography about the Resistenza in the Province

By Michele Calandri - Istituto Storico della Resistenza e della Società contemporanea in Provincia di Cuneo
Research Workshop

The Restauration of Christianity and the revolutionary power of books Serveto and Biandrata
Organized by the Associazione Giorgio Biandrata

The use of computer in the study of contemporary history

by Marco Rizzi - Istituto Storico della Resistenza e della Società contemporanea in Provincia di Cuneo
Research workshop held in the schools who will demand it 


Friday, October 23

La Castiglia – piazza Castello

9.00 AM

Opening of the book exposition organized by Librai saluzzesi  and of the exhibition Le mie prigioni, Pinocchio e Cuore: tre libri per “fare gli italiani”, by Biblioteca Civica 

3.00 PM

Following Pinocchio: many reading paths

by Cetta Berardo
Meeting for teachers

5.30 PM

La Castiglia, Spazio Bookshop
The Reading Group of the Biblioteca Civica presents its activities 

6.00 PM

The elegance of the book
Musical reading by Associazione Ratatoj and by Teatro Prosa Saluzzo

9.00 PM

Stories in Castiglia. The castle reveals itself through the events and the persons who lived among its walls along the centuries*.  
Guided group tour (max 25 persons) to the castle and to the contemporary and historical book expositions, starting from the Reception. 
Tours are organized by Alessandra Aimar, Valeria Primo, CODESS Cultura 
* Entry € 2,00 per person. Inscription at the reception


Saturday, October 24

La Castiglia – piazza Castello

9.00 AM - 11.00 AM

A trial for the bookA chi appartiene la tua vita? Una riflessione filosofica su etica, testamento biologico, eutanasia e diritti civili nell'epoca oscurantista di Ratzinger e Berlusconi by Paolo Flores d’Arcais (Ponte alle Grazie, 2009).
Realized by the students of the classes III LA, III LB, III LC of the Istituto Giacomo Soleri, Liceo linguistico e sociopedagogico di Saluzzo. Valerio Dell’Anna is the Chair of the Tribunal. The Author participates as “accused”. 
A book that addresses hot topics (ethics, living will, euthanasia and civil rights) is “put on trial” by young students.

11.30 AM - 12.30 AM

Burning of books: the Third Reich
Conversation between Susanna Böhme-Kuby and Giulio Schiavoni
On May 10, 1933 Berlin experienced one of the most terrible episodes of the National Socialism history. Even if it is neither the first nor the last example of “bibliocastia”, the book burning fire of the German capital remains one of the most significant examples of hate against freedom of though and its instruments: the books, above all. Two scholars discuss. 

4.00 PM - 17.00 PM

“Paper does not burn
. Are we sure? Stories of codes and monks in the Middle Age
Lecture by Glauco Cantarella
Since the Middle Age, the processes of ad hoc construction of the history coincided with
the destruction of documents that could have given evidence of others perspectives: a scholar will lead us back into the time, telling about important cases (Gregorio da Catino, Bonaventura da Bagnoregio…).

5.30 PM - 7.00 PM

The king is nacked. The pamphlets against the Ancien Régime
Conversation between Vincenzo Ferrone and Antonio Rossomando 
“Laughter Will Bury You”: the motto seems to fit with the crisis of Ancien Régime, which
was attacked also by anonymous texts mocking the king Louis XV about his behaviour in the private life. These small books, whose authors were often inexperienced and unemployed writers, give evidence of the power of literature, even when it is irreverent and not classical. Two experts discuss.
9.00 PM

The “Red Book” revolution. Censorship and indoctrination in China

Movie Vivere!, made by Zhang Yimou, 1994
Introduction by Guido Samarani
The Red Book, containing the “memorable bywords of President Mao”, lies between a
sacred text and the code of a strict political rule. Although outside of China it has been often interpreted as a “revolutionary” text, it actually aimed to create a “unique though” in this wide country. The movie Vivere!, presented by a scholar of Chinese History, introduces us into this issue and into the contemporary events of Popular China (that this year celebrates its 60th anniversary). 


Saturday, October 24

Ex convento di Santa Monica Università di Torino – via Garibaldi 6

9.00 AM - 11.00 AM

A trial for the book: A colpi di cuore. Storie del sessantotto di Anna Bravo (Laterza, 2008)
Realized by some classes of the Secondary Schools of Savigliano
Marco Scavino is chairman if the Tribunal. The Author participates as “accused”.
The students of the Secondary Schools of Savigliano will put on trial an historical and personal reinterpretation of the most famous year of the Post-war period. Acquittal or sentence?

3.00 PM - 4.00 PM

Mein Kampf: Hitler’s war delclaration to the word
Lecture of Johann Chapoutot 
Reading by Associazione Voci Erranti
Mein Kampf is one of the most unsettling books of the Twentieth Century. How was it
born? Which weight did it have in the rise to the power of National Socialism? Which is the meaning of this book, that, at that time and today, is much quoted but less read? A scholar of history of Nazism answers these and other questions.

4.30 PM - 5.30 PM

The beginning of a new history: the Manifesto by Marx and Engels 
Lecture of Gian Mario Bravo
Reading by Associazione Voci Erranti
The Manifesto of the Communist Party – published in London in 1848 represented a crucial historical point of time. The consequences of its publication have been scarse in the short run, but immense in the following decades. One of the main experts on this fascinating topic tells us the genesis and the fortune of this book.  

6.00 PM - 7.30 PM

The Spain of Franco: the limpieza of the culture and the resistance of romanceros

Marco Cipolloni, Pelai Pagés i Blanch
; chair Luis de Llera
Reading by Associazione Voci Erranti
The “generalissimo” Francisco Franco, who came into power after the bloody civil war (1936-39), built one of the most repressive regimes                                 against ideas, and against individuals. One of his main goals was to “clean”: the limpieza of the culture.   Romanceros, which are poems                                 collected in anthologies (first in Spain and after abroad), have been one form of resistance. Three experts discuss. 

9.30 PM

Farheneit 451
by François Truffaut, 1966
Introduction by Alberto Barbera 
As a hymn to love for the culture and for books, the movie Fahrenheit 451, by François
Truffaut, 1966 (taken from the Ray Bradbury’s novel, published in 1953) strongly influenced the collective imagination, describing a world in which reading is a crime. An unavoidable appointment for this Edition of FestivalStoria, dedicated to the relation between books and power. The introduction to the movie is by Alberto Barbera, Director of Museo Nazionale del Cinema.   



Sunday, October 25

La Castiglia – piazza Castello

11.00 AM - 12.00 AM

The Religions of the Book
Lecture of Giovanni Filoramo
Differently by other religions, Judaism, Christianity and Islam are characterized by their foundation on “sacred books”. One of the most important historians of religions worldwide introduces a comparative analysis. 

Ristorante Interno 2 - via Martiri della Liberazione 2

12.30 AM      

Lunch with Futurists*
Sergio Anelli and Cetta Berardo
Reading by Chiara Spezzano
Dances by Daniele Salvitto
Instants of words, sounds, motions, fragrances, flavours. 
* € 32 per person, all included. Reservation required  (Tel. 0175 248907). 
La Castiglia – piazza Castello

3.00 PM - 4.00 PM

The Second Sex. Books and female emancipation    
Franca Bruera comments an interview to Simone de Beauvoir
“One is not born a woman, one becomes one”, wrote Simone de Beauvoir in 1949…”wrote” because this French intellectual liked to define herself as a “writer”. Only many years later, she allowed the first interview at the television. A scholar of French literature comments for us the “first time on the screen” of Simone, “mother” of the modern feminist literature. 

9.00 PM

Giorgio Biandrata: the Fox and the Lion

by Ugo Rizzato
Teatro del Marchesato
in collaboration with Associazione Giorgio Biandrata of Saluzzo and with the Gruppo sbandieratori Borgo San Martino of Saluzzo
His death is still today one of the most striking mysteries in Europe. A man from Saluzzo in the Sixteenth Century, a notable practioner who joined the Reform. Politician and mediator among the important personalities in Europe. An excellent royal physician, loved in Eastern Europe. A man hunted and detested in Western Europe! He questioned the dogma of the Roman Catholic Church. Who killed him?


Sunday, October 25

Ex convento di Santa Monica Università di Torino – via Garibaldi 6

10.00 AM -11.00 AM

The index. The struggle of the Church against the book 
Lecture by Gigliola Fragnito
The List of Prohibited Books is one of the many expressions of the control on the people implemented by the Catholic Church. However, the censorships and the restrictions which have been applied on the rest of the publishing industry, starting from Bible editions, are less known. An expert tells us about this topic.  

4.30 PM - 6.00 PM    

Between two regimes: Antonio Gramsci and the censorships
Conversation between Chiara Daniele and Angelo d’Orsi 
During his long and painful detention, Antonio Gramsci (imprisoned on November 8, 1926 and “released” on the eve of his death, occurred on April 27, 1937), experienced a double censorship: that of fascism, which heavily limited the communications and reading of the prisoner, and the Stalinian censorship, which intervened in his correspondence with the wife Giulia. Two experts of Gramsci reconstruct a painful human and political vicissitude. 

6.15 PM - 7.45 PM   

Eros and censorship. From Libertines to De Sade
Pietro Adamo and Elena Randi
Reading by Associazione Voci Erranti
The Libertinism, an important cultural movement, almost a trait d’union between Humanism and Enlightenment, produces texts which have been important for the individual emancipation, even in the erotic sphere, running consequently into the rigours of the censorship. Later, this has been particularly severe against the work of Marquis De Sade. Two scholars discuss.  

The scheduled events for the 5th Edition of FestivalStoria are included into the Plan of education and training activities realized by CIDI and FNISM of Torino. The teachers of the whole national territory may benefit from the facilitations provided by the current art. 62 of C.C.N.L.

The events of FestivalStoria are free of charge, if not differently indicated. Every variation in the schedule will be communicated on the website www.festivalstoria.org

Are books objects? Or are they instruments? What is a book useful for? Certainly for entertainment, for  recreation, and for giving emotions; but books are useful for instructing, teaching and educating as well . They are objects, sometimes beautiful (think about Futurist books), but they are also and above all tools, whose goal may be very important, in a good sense or in a bad one.
There have been books which created big movements of ideas, which generated political forces, which triggered regimes, even totalitarian. Books which have been a support for the power along centuries, or which represented an alternative and radical alternative to it, in its different manifestations and expressions: religious, political, cultural or economic power.   
Some religions (called indeed “the Religions of the Book”: Hebraism, Christianity, Islam) are founded on texts which are considered sacred, because they are supposed to be direct expression of god, and they differentiate themselves from religions which do not have this fundament. Or, if we look at the political field, we find small books, such as The Prince by Machiavelli, which, along the six hundreds years passed from its writing, has being constituting a guide for the conquering and the execution of power, but at the same time have been a sort of counter-guide for the people in order to help defending themselves from an unfair power.
The Manifest of the Communist Party by Marx and Engels gave birth to the biggest political-economical movement of the international proletariat. Mein Kampf by Adolf Hitler has been the grounding stone of National Socialism, the platform for the attack to Europe and to the whole world by the Germany of Hitler. Moreover, the Enlightenment, with its immense production of books and pamphlets, has been the forerunner of the French Revolution. Additionally, have not the books by Mazzini, Ferrari, Gioberti, Rosmini and Cattaneo prepared the Italian Risorgimento, which today catches the attention again, in a dispute which is more ideological than scientific? To what extent the prison correspondences, from Silvio Pellico to Antonio Gramsci, contributed to the construction of a national “identity”? 
Moreover, what should we say about the “bibliocastia”? That is to say, the hate against books, which leads to their destruction and burning, from the medieval to the nazi fires, and beyond. The book fire remains one of the most awful practices of the human history. However, the censorship and the banning of books are as much as terrible. It is sufficient to mention the dystopia of Bradbury, Fahreneit 451, which seems to recall the incredible prophecies of the Orwellian 1984… Some political regimes of the Twentieth Century, so as the List of Prohibited Books established by the Catholic Church, demonstrate that we are not dealing with literature only.  
This 5th Edition of FestivalStoria will attempt to disentangle the complex relationship between books and power, through chronological and thematic paths, which may satisfy a variegated audience, from the experts to the students, from the passionate to those people that are simply curious. 
The Festival will treat topics from the ancient time until today, with a diversity of registers, through which we aim, as usual, to conjugate rigor and popularization, seriousness and entertainment ability. Conversations, readings, seminars, round tables, but also performances and expositions. FestivalStoria was born following  the Marc Bloch’s motto telling that “even if history was not useful, it would be amusing”. The Festival aims to continue its work under this spirit, being nevertheless convinced that history is not only useful, but also indispensable. 
Torino Libreria Diorama, via Rombò 50, 10098 Rivoli (TO)
This bookshop is present at the locations of the events if FestivalStoria
Saluzzo Librai saluzzesi (Brunolibri, Le Corti, Mondadori, San Carlo, Stella Maris).
This bookshop is set up at La Castiglia from Friday, October 23 to Sunday, October 25
Savigliano Libreria Universitaria Trenta e Lode, via Beggiami 30
This bookshop is set up at l’Ex Convento di Santa Monica Università di Torino from Saturday, October 24 to Sunday, October 25

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