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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

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Premio Campiello Literature Europe 2010

Presentation of the famous Italian Prize for Literature

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Premio Campiello Literature Europe 2010The Premio Campiello is one of the most prestigious Italian literary prizes, awarded each year since 1963 – the first winner was Primo Levi with The Truce –when the federation of industrial companies Confindustria Veneto sought a contact between business and the literary sector, and decided to found a literary prize.

Today the prize, which takes its name from the diminutive of Campo – meaning square in Venetian - is promoted through a Foundation “Fondazione Il Campiello”.

Past winners include Dacia Maraini, Sandro Veronesi, Giuseppe Pontiggia, Antonio Tabucchi, Ignazio Silone, Giorgio Bassani and Margaret Mazzantini.

Among all books published during the year, five finalists are selected by a jury of literary experts, and then a jury of 500 readers proclaims the winner. There is also a prize for young authors, called Campiello Giovani.

Since 2005, the Fondazione Campiello has founded a new literary prize, the Premio Campiello Europa, aimed at crossing national boundaries to promote Italian literature. After Germany (winner Niccolo' Ammaniti with In non ho paura in 2006, and Claudio Magris with Alla cieca in 2009 , Spain (winner Ugo Riccarelli with Il dolore Perfetto in 2007) and France (winner Vitaliano Trevisan with I quindicimila passi in 2008), this year the Campiello Europa will be held in the U.K. in collaboration with the Italian Cultural Institute.

The Literary Prize will be introduced to the specialized press and cultural operators (a Board of experts will select the shortlist for Campiello Europa and a jury of writers and critics will choose the winner). The winner will be announced during a ceremony in the spring, with an exceptional concert by “I Solisti Veneti”

British publishers are very welcome to submit entries by 15th February 2010 (contemporary Italian fiction published in Italian between 1st January 2005 and 31st December 2009 and translated in English between 1st January 2007 and 31st December 2009)– for more information on the terms and conditions for a book to be considered for the first selection, please contact Anna Mondavio, cultural attache’ at the Italian Cultural Institute, on 02073964430 or anna.mondavio@esteri.it.

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Information

Date: Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Opening times: 11am

Venue: Italian Cultural Institute

Organised by: Italian Cultural Institute)

In collaboration with: Fondazione Il Campiello and the Premio Campiello Committee

RSVP 0202 7396 4430 or rsvp.icilondon@esteri.it

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