The winners of the Thirty-Ninth Nonino Prize

Nonino Prize 2014
Master Of Our Time
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Nonino Prize 2014
Nonino Prize
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Nonino Prize 2014
International Nonino Prize
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Nonino Prize 2014
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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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

(born 1 September 1930) is a French philosopher and author.

The son of a barge man, Serres entered France's naval academy, the École Navale, in 1949 and the École Normale Supérieure ("rue d'Ulm") in 1952. He aggregated in 1955, having studied philosophy. He spent the next few years as a naval officer before finally receiving his doctorate in 1968, and began teaching in Paris.

As a child, Serres witnessed firsthand the violence and devastation of war. "I was six for my first dead bodies," he told Bruno Latour. These formative experiences led him to consistently eschew scholarship based upon models of war, suspicion, and criticism.

Over the next twenty years, Serres earned a reputation as a spell-binding lecturer and as the author of remarkably beautiful and enigmatic prose so reliant on the sonorities of French that it is considered practically untranslatable. He took as his subjects such diverse topics as the mythical Northwest Passage, the concept of the parasite, and the explosion of the Space Shuttle Challenger. More generally Serres is interested in developing a philosophy of science which does not rely on a metalanguage in which a single account of science is privileged and regarded as accurate. To do this he relies on the concept of translation between accounts rather than settling on one as authoritative. For this reason Serres has relied on the figure of Hermes (in his earlier works) and angels (in more recent studies) as messengers who translate (or: map) back and forth between domains (i.e., between maps).

In 1990, Serres was elected to the Académie française, in recognition of his position as one of France's most prominent intellectuals. He is an influence on intellectuals such as Bruno Latour and Steven Connor. He currently serves as a Professor of French at Stanford University.

Serres is a vocal enthusiast for freely accessible knowledge.


Peppe Dell’Acqua, from Salerno, born in 1947, psychiatrist, starts working with Franco Basaglia since his early days in Trieste, taking part in the experience of transformation and closing of the Mental Hospital. He still lives in Trieste where for 17 years he directed the Mental Health Department.

Since 1995 he has taught social psychiatry at the Faculty of Psychology of the University of Trieste.

In 1988 he publishes for Edizioni Sapere 2000, “Il folle gesto” (The crazy act) which collects the experience on the psychiatric examination and of the work at the prison and at the judicial mental hospital. The work, which gathers 15 psychiatric evaluations, anticipates of more than twenty years the urgency, today topical, of the closing of the Psychiatric Judicial Hospitals, of the return of rights and responsibility also to the people with mental diseases that have committed crimes. Above all he highlights the meaning of the narration (the examination as a narration) in understanding.

In the course of his working activity he has carried out and organized scientific and organizational advice in several places in Italy, in Europe, in Japan and in the Americas, delivering series of lectures, seminars, technical verifications. In 2005 he is visiting professor at Berkeley, invited by the institute of medical anthropology. In 1985 in Chile, in 1990 in Albania and in 1998 in Palestine, invited by the Foreign Department and international organizations, he takes care of delicate matters, always related to mental health and the rights of groups of people who are persecuted.

From 2004 to 2008 he is a consultant of the Region Sardinia for mental health, and in this office he draws a mental health plan and a vast and detailed formation program. He follows with particular care the formation both of the operators and the families of people with mental diseases. As a consequence of this work he publishes with Editori Riuniti the volume “Fuori come va? Families and persons con schizophrenia”, later updated and re-edited by Feltrinelli (2010). The book completes and summarizes the research work in the field of the support to the families that live with people with mental diseases.

In 2003 he is one of the promoters (Franca Ongaro Basaglia and Sergio Piro among the others) of the Mental Health Forum, the outpost for the safeguard of the rights and the possibilities of people with mental diseases.

In 2007 he publishes the witness book “Non ho l’arma che uccide il leone – thirty years later, the true story of the protagonists of the change in the Trieste of Basaglia and in the San Giovanni Mental Hospital” with an unpublished preface by Basaglia (Stampa Alternativa, Viterbo).

He has always paid great attention to the aspect of communication taking care, as a consultant, of radio and television programs and intervening actively in the debate on the matter of change in Italy on magazines and newspapers. Between 2009 and 2010 he is the scientific and historical consultant in the realization of a RAI miniseries “C’era una volta la città dei matti” on the epochal change of knowledge and psychiatric therapy on the life and work of Franco Basaglia. The film is translated in seven languages: English, French, Turkish, Farsi, Japanese, Serbian and German.

In 2010 with Pieraldo Rovatti (philosopher, laboratory of philosophy of the University of Trieste) and Nico Petrelli (physicist, SISSA, school of journalism for the communication of science) he plans the series “180. Critical archives of mental health”: texts, writings, stories, essays with the aim of reopening consciences and “critical thought”, especially in young people, on the matter of psychiatry and mental health.


Considered one of the most important Portuguese authors, together with José Saramago, he was a candidate to the Nobel Prize in Literature.

Some critics consider Lobo Antunes the greatest living Portuguese writer.

António Lobo Antunes was born in Lisbon, he graduated in medicine with the specialization in psychiatry. From 1970 to 1973 he was sent to Angola during the final period of the Portuguese Colonial War, a theme he dealt with in many books. When he returned to Portugal, he worked at the mental hospital Miguel Bombarda in Lisbon. He was an activist of the APU (Aliança Povo Unido, United People Alliance – a coalition led by the Portuguese Communist Party) in 1980.

Now he lives in Lisbon where he doesn’t work as a medical doctor anymore, devoting himself to writing.

His work mainly consists of long novels, with impressive and complicated narrative constructions. Whereas in his early production the dominant themes are the colonial war (in which the author took part himself as a medical doctor in Angola) and colonial problems (loss of the colonies, return, etc.), in his latest works the theme is essentially psychological, finding out private stories that mingle according to a very peculiar style. In fact, elevating to the highest degree some stylistic resources of the twentieth century, like Joyce’s stream of consciousness, with a very particular narrative technique, Lobo Antunes has developed a quite personal narrative writing style, which is extremely interesting. An example is the frequent shift from the first to the third person without marks indicating it. In this way, reading a novel by Antunes, which is obviously difficult, turns into a sort of puzzle of elements that have to be put together, and the novel makes us enter a parallel psychological dimension without a clear chronological line, but with an acrobatic inner coherence of its own.

In 2001 he was granted the title of Duke of Cocodrilos by the Sovereign of the Kingdom of Redonda.


(Arabic: سعاد العامري‎) is writer and an architect who lives in Ramallah Palestine. She is the author of the acclaimed book: "Sharon and My-Mother-in-law," which as has been translated into twenty languages and has won the prestigious italian literary Prize Viareggio Versilia - 2004. Amiry's books (published by Feltrinelli) include: "Murad Murad", "No Sex in the City" and her latest: "Golda Slept Here".

Amiry is also the founder and the Director of RIWAQ: Centre for Architectural Conservation that documents, protects and revives the architectural cultural heritage in Palestine ( Her talk: TEDxRamallah "My Work my Hobby" has also brought her fame. Amiry studied architecture at the American University of Beirut, The University of Michigan, and the University Of Edinburgh. For more than thirty years Prof. Amiry taught architecture at the University of Jordan and Birzeit University in Palestine. Amiry was the Vice-President Board of Trustees of Birzeit University. She is also the author of numerous architectural books on Palestine.

Amiry was also a member of the Palestinian Delegation to the Peace talks between Palestine and Israel which took place between 1991-1993 Washington DC.

Suad is married to the acclaimed Palestinian sociologist Prof. Salim Tamari.