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Rizzoli Bookshop, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II | Piazza Duomo, Milano


Wednesday 22 February 2017, 6:00 pm

Amélie Nothomb in Milan

CEST & Voland with the Belgian writer and her Italian fans

Rizzoli Bookshop, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II | Piazza Duomo, Milano

1991 was in full tilt when Beauty and the Beast, the celebrated Disney masterpiece, appeared on the big screen. Whether adult or child, spectators at the time will have understood the power of the feeling of love that it portrayed: being as unfathomable and unforeseen as it was ‘revolutionary’ changing one’s perspective to accept that the man-beast could aspire to being a handsome prince.

The precursor of this story and the analysis of this mysterious human sentiment which distinguishes us, is another fable: Riquet à la houppe by the Frenchman Charles Perrault. Today the Belgian writer Amélie Nothomb presents a similar story to the Italian public, in a contemporary key.

On the occasion of her national presentation tour, Wednesday 22 February at 6.00 pm at the Libreria Rizzoli of Milan, the author speaks with the cultural animator Marianna Bonelli and the journalist and literary critic Piero Dorfles in a meeting presented by CEST and the publishing house Voland.

The starting point of the debate is the possibility of exploring traditional fables from a present day viewpoint which allows a ‘regenerated’ reading of them, but also probing into the elusiveness of love and the many mysteries of human nature.

In partnership with Voland


Amélie Nothomb

Amélie Nothomb, born in 1967 at Kobe, Japan, spent her childhood and youth in various lands of Asia and America, following her diplomat father in his changes of post. Her first book, Hygiène de l’assassin came out in 1992 and immediately won her many readers; since then she has published a book a year. She has been awarded many literary recognitions, among which are the Grand Prix du roman of the Académie Française and the Prix Internet du Livre. Today she lives between Paris and Brussels.


Marianna Bonelli

Marianna Bonelli is an expert in communication, and President of the cultural association Spritz Letterario.

Piero Dorfles

Piero Dorfles is a journalist and literary critic.

Rizzoli Bookshop, Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II | Piazza Duomo, Milano