The winners of the Fortieth Nonino Prize

Nonino Prize 2015
Nonino Prize
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Nonino Prize 2015
International Nonino Prize
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Nonino Prize 2015
Master Of Our Time
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Nonino Prize 2015
Nonino Risit d'Aur Prize
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Some of the Prize Winners

  • Claudio Abbado
  • Chinua Achebe
  • Zhong Acheng
  • Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
  • Adonis
  • Jorge Amado
  • Suad Amiry
  • Emmanuel Anati
  • Gian Luigi Beccaria
  • John Banville
  • Peter Brook
  • Michael Burleigh
  • Piero Camporesi
  • Luca Luigi Cavalli Sforza
  • Suso Cecchi d’Amico
  • Hugo Claus
  • Marcello Cini
  • Dino Coltro
  • Yves Coppens
  • Antonio R. Damasio
  • Giuseppe Dell’Acqua
  • Tullio De Mauro
  • Mahasweta Devi
  • Alfonso Di Nola
  • Irenäus Eibl-Eibesfeldt
  • Norbert Elias
  • Annie Fèolde
  • Fabiola Gianotti
  • René Girard
  • Contadini degli "Orti di Gorizia"
  • Jorie Graham
  • Francesco Gravner
  • Tonino Guerra
  • Aron Gurevic
  • Jerzy Grotowski
  • Peter Higgs
      Master Of Our Time Nonino Prize 2013
      Nobel physic prize 2013
  • Nguyên Huy Thiêp
  • Hans Jonas
  • Jean Jouzel
  • Yashar Kemal
  • Raymond Klibanski
  • Leszek Kolakowski
  • Jaan Kross
  • La Maison des Journalistes
  • Hans Küng
  • Davide Lajolo
  • Gavino Ledda
  • Siegfried Lenz
  • Emmanuel Le Roy Ladurie
  • Claude Levi-Strauss
  • Julio Llamazares
  • Yang Lian
  • Antonio Lobo Antunes
  • Franco Loi
  • James Lovelock
  • Amin Maalouf
  • Madri di Plaza de Mayo
  • Sergio Maldini
  • Norman Manea
  • Coro Manos Blancas
  • Fosco Maraini
  • Javier Marìas
  • Giovanna Marini
  • Rigoberta Menchù
      Nonino Special Prize 1988
      Nobel Peace Prize 1993
  • Luigi Meneghello
  • Edgar Morin
  • Serge Moscovici
  • Harry Mulisch
  • Alvaro Mutis
  • V.S. Naipaul
      International Nonino Prize 1993
      Nobel Prize in Literature 2001
  • Ermanno Olmi
  • Sembène Ousmane
  • Raimon Panikkar
  • Giorgio Parisi
  • Silvia Pérez-Vitoria
  • Carlo Petrini
  • Renzo Piano
  • Michael Pollan
  • Dina e Paolo Rapuzzi
  • Progetto Educativo per
  • l'Infanzia di Reggio Emilia
  • Domenico Rea
  • Nuto Revelli
  • Mario Rigoni Stern
  • Henry Roth
  • Edward W. Said
  • Ezio Santin
  • Mario Schiopetto
  • Leonardo Sciascia
  • Leopold Sedar Senghor
  • Jorge Semprùn
  • Michel Serres
  • Harumi Setouchi
  • Carlo Sgorlon
  • Leila Shahid
  • Ngugi Wa Thiong’o
  • Hugh Thomas
  • Tzvetan Todorov
  • Tomas Tranströmer
      International Nonino Prize 2004
      Nobel Prize in Literature 2011
  • William Trevor
  • Emilio Vedova
  • Edward O.Wilson
  • Mo Yan
      International Nonino Prize 2005
      Nobel Prize in Literature 2012
  • Andrea Zanzotto

Salzburg Easter Festival

  • Christophe Bataille
  • David Grossman
  • Durs Grünbein
  • Valerio Magrelli
  • Viktor Pelevin
  • Robert Schneider
  • Lulu Wang

Martha C. Nussbaum is an American philosopher and an important scholar of Greek and Roman philosophy. She is a theorist of global justice. She is Professor of Law and Ethics at the University of Chicago She is a member of the Committee on Southern Asian Studies, and a board member of the Human Rights Program. She taught at Harvard and at Brown University. Martha Nussbaum was born in New York City in 1947, the daughter of George Craven, a Philadelphia lawyer, and Betty Warren, an interior designer. She described her upbringing as "East Coast WASP elite...very sterile, very preoccupied with money and status". She studied theatre and classics at New York University, getting a BA in 1969, and gradually moved to philosophy while at Harvard University she studied under G. E. L. Owen. This period also saw her marriage to Alan Nussbaum, her conversion to Judaism, and the birth of her daughter Rachel, who is currently a history professor. She taught philosophy and classics at Harvard in the 1970s and early 1980s, then she moved to Brown University. Her 1986 book The Fragility of Goodness, on ancient Greek ethics and Greek tragedy, made her a well-known figure throughout the humanities. Her more recent work Frontiers of Justice establishes her as a theorist of global justice. Nussbaum's work has often focused on the unequal freedoms and opportunities of women, but emphasizing that liberalism, at its best, entails radical rethinking of gender relations and relations within the family. Nussbaum's other major area of philosophical work is the emotions. She has defended a neo-Stoic account of emotions that holds that they are appraisals that ascribe to things and persons, outside the agent's own control, great significance for the person's own flourishing. On this basis she has proposed analyses of grief, compassion, and love, and, in a later book, of disgust and shame. In her activity, Nussbaum has also engaged in many debates with other intellectuals, in her academic writings as well as in the press. Among the other intellectuals whose books she has reviewed critically there are Allan Bloom, Harvey Mansfield, and Judith Butler. Her more serious and academic debates have been with figures such as John Rawls, Richard Posner, and Susan Moller Okin. Today Martha Nussbaum is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences (since 1988) and the American Philosophical Society. She is a Founding President and Past President of the Human Development and Capability Association. Until now she has received 32 honorary degrees from colleges and universities in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. In 2005 and 2008 she was included in the one most important hundred intellectuals in the world by the “Foreign Policy”.

Among her books published in Italy
The Fragility of Goodness: Luck and Ethics in Greek Tragedy and Philosophy (1986).
The Therapy of Desire (1994);
Poetic Justice (1996);
Cultivating Humanity: A Classical Defense of Reform in Liberal Education (1997);
Sex and Social Justice (1998)
Women and Human Development: The Capabilities Approach'(2000);
Disabled Lives: Who Cares? (2001)
Upheavals of Thought: The Intelligence of Emotions (2001);
Frontiers of Justice: Disability, Nationality, Species Membership (2006);
Not for profit. Why the Democracy Needs the Humanities, Princeton, Princeton University Press (2010) Creating Capabilities. The Human development Approach, Harvard University Press (2011)
Political Emotions. Why Love Matters for Justice, Harvard University Press (2013)


Ariane Mnouchkine is an iconic figure in European theatre.
Born on March 3rd, 1939 in Boulogne – Billancourt she is the director and manager of the “Théâtre du Soleil”, which she founded in 1964 with her mates of the ATEP (Drama Association of Paris Students).
In 1970 the “Théâtre du Soleil” creates 1789 at the Piccolo Teatro of Milan where Giorgio Strehler welcomes and supports the young group that later found its seat at the Cartoucherie, an old military site, abandoned and isolated in the Bois of Vincennes, in the outskirts of Paris.
With her life’s work, Ariane Mnouchkine has erected a monument to theatre as an aesthetic practice.
“I believe in light. I believe in magic. I believe in the power of beauty, light, hope, joy, laughter and tears to inspire. I believe in emotions. I believe that they communicate thoughts, and thus communicate life. They are transformers of intelligence”.
Her productions tell of how cultures coexist and uphold the ideals of European enlightenment and tolerance. She has toured the entire world with her company, and has encountered every conceivable language and culture, and she has incorporated these experiences into her creative oeuvre. As a mediator between the cultures, she has also taken on a particular political responsibility, fighting with great passion for artists who have been subjected to political persecution and for Europe’s forgotten people – the migrants, refugees and asylum-seekers on the fringes of European society. With a Russian father cinema producer, an English mother and a childhood spent in France, she grew up instilled with the European idea.
The “Théâtre du Soleil” practices a unique and alternative approach to theatre; even today, the collective, consisting of about 40 members, upholds the solidarity principle, with everyone being paid the same wage. The majority of its costs are covered by revenues from guest performances all over the world and invitations to international theatre festivals.
Mnouchkine’s drama broke with traditional concepts of theatre, blurring the boundaries between art and life; her course is marked by a constant questioning on her role, the place of drama and of its capacity of representing the present age. She has dealt with the great political and human matters under a universal point of view, and joins with the research of the great forms of acting at the confluence of the arts of the East and of the West; in her productions elements of popular theatre and ancient theatre are intertwined with oriental and Asian traditions such as Kabuki, Kathakali and Noh theatre.
Over the past ten years, Mnouchkine has increasingly explored the themes of escape, asylum and migration.
In “Les Ephémères”, elements of her own life were incorporated into her work for the first time.
In 1979 A. Mnouchkine founded an international association (AIDA – Association Internationale de Défense des Artistes victimes de la répression dans le monde) [International Association for the defense of the artists that are victims of repression in the world], to effect the release of imprisoned artists.
In May 2014 the “Théâtre du Soleil” debuted with the latest work “Macbeth, une tragédie de William Shakespeare”, translated and directed by Ariane Mnouchkine. She has received several awards.


Born in Tours on June 24th 1923, he is considered the most important living French poet.
Besides being the author of lyrical collections, he has written prose essays on art, works of criticism, literary theory and short stories. He is a refined translator in French of great classical poets, among whom Shakespeare, Keats and Leopardi. His father, Marius Elie Bonnefoy, a railway assembly worker, his mother, Hélène Maury, had been first a nurse and then a teacher. He lives in Paris, he has been married since 1968 with the painter Lucy Vines, and he has a daughter, Mathilde, a movie director. After his studies in philosophy, first at the Sorbonne and then with Gaston Bachelard, for a short period he supported surrealism, which he soon left to approach existentialism. He is the author of an important work, both poetic and theoretical. For Bonnefoy the task of the poet is to find the native closeness of words and things, typical of childhood, cancelled by the need of intellectual conceptualization and of active daily life. This main theme is expressed by the author in several theoretical writings, but also in poetry, which therefore prefigures itself as a constant reflection on its development. «The object of his books of poetry and essays, in which the personal accent is so strong, and in which the ego of poetic assertion reveals itself with power and simplicity, is the relation with the world, and not the reflection inside the ego. This work is one of the least narcissistic one can imagine» (Jean Starobinski). In 1981 he was given the chair of comparative study of poetry at the Collège de France. Bonnefoy is quoted in the novel Candido ovvero un sogno fatto in Sicilia by Leonardo Sciascia as the author of Un rêve fait à Mantoue. He has been honored with several awards, among which the great prize for poetry of the Académie Française (1981), the Balzan Prize (1995), the Franz Kafka Prize (2007) and the great prize for poetry Pierrette Micheloud (2011). He has been awarded honorary degrees by many universities all over the world, among which the Université de Neuchâtel, the American College of Paris, the University of Chicago, the Trinity College of Dublin, the Universities of Edinburgh, Roma Tre, Oxford, Siena and Naples L'Orientale. In 1984 Minister Jack Lang appointed him Chevalier des Arts at des Lettres.

Un rêve fait à Mantoue (1979)
L'Improbable (1980)
La Vérité de parole (1988)
Entretiens sur la poésie (1972-1990) (1990)
Alberto Giacometti, biographie d'une œuvre (1991)
Remarques sur le dessin (1993)
Dessin, Couleur et Lumière (1995)
La Journée d'Alexandre Hollan (1995)
Théâtre et Poésie : Shakespeare et Yeats (1998)
Lieux et Destins de l'image (1999)
La Communauté des traducteurs (2000)
Sous l'horizon du langage (2002)
Le Poète et « le flot mouvant des multitudes » (2003)
L'Arbre au-delà des images, Alexandre Hollan (2003)
L'Imaginaire métaphysique (2006)
La Stratégie de l’énigme, (2006)
Goya, les peintures noires, Bordeaux, William Blake & Co, (2006)
Dans un débris de miroir, Galilée, (2006)
L’Alliance de la poésie et de la musique, Galilée (2007)
La Poésie à voix haute, La Ligne d'ombre (2007)
La Communauté des critiques, Presses universitaires de Strasbourg, (2010)
La Beauté dès le premier jour, Bordeaux, William Blake & Co (2010)
Le Siècle où la parole a été victime, Mercure de France, (2010)
Le Digamma, Galilée (2012)
L'Autre Langue à portée de voix, Le Seuil (2013)


Born in Naples in 1933, musician, composer, theater director, and Accademico of Santa Cecilia.
Grandson of the homonymous Roberto De Simone he begins studying piano at age six. In 1946 he enrolls at the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella in Naples; at the age of fifteen he performs the Concerto for piano and orchestra K. 466 by Mozart. In 1957 he begins a concert career that he alternates with researches on the folk expressiveness of Campania and with a side activity as a composer and musicologist.
Later he leaves after the concerts and the studies to focus solely on the activity of musician and to the study of the folk traditions of Campania. The music written for television and theater shows, belong to this period. In these years he starts his collaboration with the Autunno Musicale Napoletano.
In 1967 the meeting with a group of young people interested in a new proposal of folk music, Giovanni Mauriello, Eugenio Bennato and Carlo d'Angiò, leads to the creation of the “Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare”, of which becomes the promoter, the researcher and the processer of music materials.
The experience that Roberto De Simone lives from 1967 to 1974 with “La Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare” has a twofold importance: on the one hand we can find some of the key elements of his way of making theater, on the other you can find in it a new way of conceiving and proposing folk music.
As his first objective he sets the recovery and the re-proposal of the cultural, theatrical and musical tradition of folk music in Campania, both oral and written. The folk repertoire is not re-proposed in an arbitrary manner, but based on cultured systems such as writing and processing metrics. A work of this kind involves a real “field research”; De Simone and the elements of the group, in fact, go to investigate during folk festivals, to gather interviews in small villages of the countryside of Campania, and to find traces where the tradition has already been lost. At the same time, attention is also paid to the document of cultured tradition: library materials, articles, as well as essays on past forms such as villanelle, laudi and strambotti, which are absolutely necessary for the recovery and re-enactment of the traditional music of the Campania region.
In 1976 “La Gatta Cenerentola” is born, a work written and set to music by De Simone himself, and presented at the Festival dei due Mondi of Spoleto
Of a more experimental musical circle there are, among the others, Mistero Napolitano, a dramatic contrast for music (1977); L'Opera Buffa Del Giovedì Santo, a score articulated on the scheme of the Stabat Mater by Pergolesi (1980); Messa da Requiem in memory of P.P. Pasolini, choral symphony opera (1985); Carmina Vivianea, for chorus, orchestra and vocalists, on the texts of R. Viviani (1986); Stabat Mater for performing voice, vocalists and orchestra (1986); Mistero e processo di Giovanna d’Arco, a lyrical opera for chorus and orchestra (1989). The dramatic cantata Populorum Progressio (1994), the choral music for the Agamennone by Aeschylus (1995), the Canto de li Cunti (1990), Eleonora, opera composed for the bicentennial the Neapolitan revolution (1999), Il Re Bello, opera (2004). He also collaborates for the music of the Eugenio Bennato's album “Non farti cadere le braccia”.
He also directed dozens of operas for the major world theaters.
The studies and researches made by De Simone on the traditions of Campania converge in texts, anthologies and records.
From 1981 to 1987 – he is the artistic director of the Teatro S. Carlo.
In 1995 he becomes the director of the Conservatory of San Pietro a Majella.
In 1998 he is appointed Accademico of Santa Cecilia and later he is conferred the Cavalierato delle Arti (Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres) by the President of the French Republic. In 2007 he stages “Là ci darem la mano”, dedicated to Mozart’s centennial, employing a puppet theater on the stage for the entire second act. The puppet scherzo inserted is by Stefano Giunchi and Luca Ronga; the performance is awarded the “Gli Olimpici del Teatro ETI” as the best original music performance.
Among his publications it is worth remembering the volume "Canti e tradizioni popolari in Campania", published by Lato Side, for Einaudi he has published the volumes: La gatta Cenerentola (1977), Il presepe popolare napoletano (1998 e 2004), Il convitato di pietra (1998), L'opera buffa del giovedì santo (1999), La Cantata dei pastori (2000), Prolegomeni al Socrate immaginario (2005), Novelle K 666. Between Mozart and Naples (2006), Cinque voci per Gesualdo (2013) and Satyricon a Napoli '44 (2014).
He also edited in «Millenni» the Fiabe campane and the Cunto de li Cunti by Giambattista Basile.