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Strega Prize 2020



Strega Prize 2020

Now in its 74th Edition, the prestigious Premio Strega started in 1947. The books chosen by the “Amici della Domenica”, the historical jury once made of 170 friends that met at the Bellonci house on Sunday, hence the name, is now made of over 400 members from the world of culture: writers, journalists, scholars, artists, film and theater directors.

The award-winning books, a real mirror of the Italian cultural environment and its literary taste, have recounted our country, documenting its language, changes, and traditions. Our Institute is part of a literary jury, consisting of 10 readers, that will choose five finalists and the winner out of 12 short-listed books.

To offer English readers a taste of the 12 Italian authors short-listed for the prestigious literary prize Premio Strega, we invite you to explore the flip-book below with the English translations of excerpts from their works.

This project is a collaboration effort with the Italian Cultural Institutes of London, Los Angeles, Melbourne, San Francisco and Washington, DC together with Fondazione Bellonci.

Here is the list of the 12 short-listed books:

  • L’apprendista by Gian Mario Villalta, published by SEM 
  • Ragazzo italiano by Gian Arturo Ferrari, published by Feltrinelli 
  • La nuova stagione by Silvia Ballestra, published by Bompiani  
  • Città sommersa by Marta Barone, published by Bompiani  
  • Giovanissimi by Alessio Forgione, published by NN Editore  
  • La misura del tempo by Gianrico Carofiglio, published by Einaudi  
  • Almarina by Valeria Parrella, published by Einaudi  
  • Tutto chiede salvezza by Daniele Mencarelli, published by Mondadori  
  • Febbre by Jonathan Bazzi, published by Fandango Libri  
  • Breve storia del mio silenzio by Giuseppe Lupo, published by Marsilio  
  • Vita, morte e miracoli di Bonfiglio Liborio by Remo Rapino, published by minimum fax  
  • Il colibrì by Sandro Veronesi, published by La nave di Teseo 



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Date: From Tuesday, May 12, 2020 to Saturday, July 04, 2020

Entrance : Free