Second Edition 2016


Nadia Terranova

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Messina, Italy, 1977: since childhood Aurora, daughter of the Fascist Silini, has had the habit of taking refuge in the bathroom studying and dreaming of emancipation from her family, that's too much oppressive. Giovanni has always been the daredevil of Santatorre family, angry with his father and his "communism that smells of defeat", and wants to make a revolution. The two meet at the university, and a few months later they expect a little girl. But life together proves different from what they had fantasized. Frustration and fear of failure can also offend the most passionate bond.
Thanks to the Prize the book has been translated in English by Clarissa Botsford and waiting for being published in the Unites States.
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Marco Belpoliti

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This book is the result of twenty years of work on Primo Levi and describes the “universe” of the author: his troubled life, his story as writer and intellectual, his multifaceted full of topics work, references and suggestions. As a sort of a mosaic, Marco Belpoliti moves deep into contents, imagery, subjects, creating also short paragraphs, which can be read individually as digressions or as part of a unitary context. More complex topics such as Judaism, concentration camps, or the testimony of Holocaust innervate and run through the whole book, which contains also ten impressive pictures , and exclusive epistolary material found by Belpoliti in the archives never explored before.
Thanks to the Prize the book has been translated in English by Clarissa Botsford and published in the United States by Seagull Books Publishing House.
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Eli Gottlieb

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Sent to a therapeutic community for autism at the age of eleven, Todd Aaron, now in his fifties, is the Old Fox of Payton LivingCenter. A joyous man who rereads the encyclopedia compulsively, he is unnerved by the sudden arrivals of a menacing new staffer and a disruptive, brain-injured roommate. His equilibrium is further worsened by Martine, a one-eyed new resident who has romantic intentions and persuades him to go off his meds to feel normal again. Undone by these pressures, Todd attempts an escape to return home to his younger brother and to a childhood that now inhabits only his dreams. You’re told many things when you love an adult with autism. You’re told that person will bring joy and grief and frustration and — if you let it happen — great humor into your life. Written astonishingly in the first-person voice of an autistic, adult man, Best Boy - with its unforgettable portraits of Todd’s beloved mother - is a piercing, achingly funny, finally shattering novel no reader can ever forget.
Thanks to the Prize the book has been translated in Italian by Assunta Martinese and published in Italy by Minimum Fax with the title Il ragazzo d’oro.
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Margo Jefferson

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Pulitzer Prize–winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson was born in 1947 into upper-crust black Chicago. Her father was head of pediatrics at Provident Hospital, while her mother was a socialite. She calls this society Negroland, a small region of Negro Americans where residents were sheltered by a certain amount of privilege and plenty. With privilege came expectation. Reckoning with the strictures and demands of Negroland at crucial historical moments - the civil rights movement, the dawn of feminism, the fallacy of post-racial America - Jefferson brilliantly charts the twists and turns of a life informed by psychological and moral contradictions. In these pages, Jefferson takes us into this insular and discerning society: “I call it Negroland” she writes, “because I still find ‘Negro’ a word of wonders, glorious and terrible.” A captivating memoir on the distinction between white and black privilege, Negroland is a landmark work on advantages, discrimination, and the fallacy of post-racial America.
Thanks to the Prize the book has been translated in Italian by Sara Antonelli and published in Italy by 66thand2nd Editore with the same title Negroland
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2016 Edition

The 20 Candidates

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Italian Fiction

  • NADIA TERRANOVA, Gli anni al contrario - Einaudi stile libero, (Jan 2015)
  • CATERINA BONVICINI, Tutte le donne di - Garzanti – (January 2016)
  • MARCO MISSIROLI, Atti osceni in luogo privato - - Feltrinelli – (Feb. 2015)
  • ROSSELLA MILONE, Il silenzio del lottatore - Minimum Fax (Sept. 2015)
  • ERALDO AFFINATI, L’uomo del futuro. Sulle strade di don Lorenzo Milani - Mondadori (January 2016)
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Italian Non-Fiction

  • FRANCESCO BENIGNO, La mala setta. Alle origini di mafia e camorra. 1859-1878 - Einaudi (September 2015)
  • MARCO BELPOLITI, Primo Levi di fronte e di profilo - Guanda (August 2015)
  • ROBERTO MANCINI, Il martire necessario - - Pacini Editore (October 2015)
  • GUIDO TONELLI, La nascita imperfetta delle cose. La grande corsa alla particella di Dio e la nuova fisica che cambierà il mondo - Rizzoli (February 2016)
  • BRUNO PISCHEDDA, L’idioma Molesto – Cecchi e la letteratura novecentesca a sfondo razziale - Nino Aragno Editore (2015)
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American Fiction

  • STEPHEN HARRIGAN, A friend of Mr. Lincoln - Knopf Publishing Group – Feb 2016
  • T. GERONIMO JOHNSON, Welcome to Braggsville - William Morrow (Harper Collins) – Feb 2015
  • ANGELA FLOURNOY, The turner house - - Houghton Mifflin Harcourt– April 2015
  • ELI GOTTLIEB, Best Boy - Liveright Publishing – W.W. Norton & Co. Inc. (August 2015)
  • DAVID TREUER, Prudence - Riverhead – Feb 2015
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American Non-Fiction

  • MARGO JEFFERSON, Negroland - Pantheon Books (September 2015)
  • SHERRY ROUSH, Speaking Spirits: Ventriloquizing the Dead in Renaissance Italy - Toronto University Press, 2015
  • JACQUELINE REICH, The Maciste Film of Italian Silent Cinema - - University of Indiana Press October 2015
  • SEAN ANDERSON, Modern Architecture and its representation in Colonial Eritrea. – An In-visible Colony, 1890-1941 - Routledge – April 2015
  • DAVID LEHMAN, Sinatra’s Century: One Hundred Notes on the Man and His World - Harper – October 2015