The Il Campiello Foundation has decided to assign the Special Career Award for 2022 to the journalist and writer Corrado Stajano, which will be delivered by Eni – exclusive partner of the ‘Il Campiello’ Foundation Award – on the occasion of the final of the 60th edition of the Campiello Award, scheduled for Saturday 3 September at the Gran Teatro La Fenice in Venice. Stajano, 91, collaborator of many newspapers and Rai, known for his investigations, is the author of numerous books, including “The subversive. Life and death of the Serantini anarchist”, “A bourgeois hero. The case of Giorgio Ambrosoli’s lawyer assassinated by the political mafia “and” Africo. An Italian chronicle of rulers and governed, of the mafia, of power and struggle “, all three published by Einaudi. Enrico Carraro, president of the Il Campiello Foundation and of Confindustria Veneto, said: “The Il Campiello Foundation has decided to confer the prestigious award on Corrado Stajano, a man who honored Italian culture with his civil passion and creativity from 1960s until today. That same culture that the entrepreneurs of Veneto decided to support by founding – sixty years ago – the Campiello Prize, one of the most important literary prizes in our country, which best represents the deep relationship between business and culture “. Walter Veltroni, president of the Jury of Literati of the Campiello Prize 2022, added:” Writer, columnist, author of important documentaries on Italian history, Stajano, now ninety-one, has published numerous books in which reality has been used as a subject for large narrative frescoes. The facts of history and news, investigated and dissected, have been returned to the reader in the fo rma of civil novels, in which the description of the human events of the protagonists is intertwined with the Great National History. This is the case of ‘Il Sovversivo’ on the end of the young anarchist Serantini or of ‘A bourgeois hero’, a beautiful book on the life and death of Giorgio Ambrosoli. His activity as a writer of Italian things has led him to deal with the mafia, corruption, the strategy of tension and describe the genesis, rise and end of many illusions, including political ones “.” Stajano has always chosen, as a journalist and writer, words with the care of those who know them and know how to weigh their weight well – added Veltroni – Stajano’s gaze has always been animated by doubt, never by prejudice. A free and never indifferent man, Stajano has, for Campiello, the merit of having brought great civil literature into the homes of Italians. For these reasons, the Prize, which began its journey with Primo Levi, in the sixtieth anniversary of its foundation wants to honor Corrado Stajano’s work, life, literary quality, civil courage “. The Campiello Foundation Prize has been awarded since 2010 by homonymous foundation to a distinguished personality of contemporary Italian literary culture. Prior to Corrado Stajano, Daniele Del Giudice (2021), Alessandro Baricco (2020), Isabella Bossi Fedrigotti (2019), Marta Morazzoni (2018), Rosetta Loy ( 2017), Ferdinando Camon (2016), Sebastiano Vassalli (2015), Claudio Magris (2014), Alberto Arbasino (2013), Dacia Maraini (2012), Andrea Camilleri (2011) and Carlo Fruttero (2010). Corrado Stajano, writer and Journalist. He was collaborator, editor, correspondent for newspapers and weeklies. Among others Mario Pannunzio’s World, Italo Pietra’s Il Giorno, Corriere della Sera. He worked for Rai, author and co-author of numerous documentaries television programs on political and cultural topics, some with Ermanno Olmi. He has published with Einaudi Il subversivo (1975), The practice of freedom (1976), The strength of democracy (1977), Africo (1979), Nihilist Italy (1982), A bourgeois hero (1991) from which the film of the same name , The disorder (1993). With Garzanti, Promemoria (1997, Viareggio Prize), Ameni inganni (with Gherardo Colombo, 2000), Lost Patries (2001), Caligula’s Horses (2005), Masters and Infidels (2008), La città degli untori (2009, Prize Bagutta), The room of ghosts (2013). With Archinto Destini (2014). With the Inheritance Assayer (2012), Defeated (2021). Il Saggiatore republished Africo, A bourgeois hero, with a text by Cesare Garboli, Lost patries (with an afterword by Paolo Di Stefano), Il subversivo, with drawings by Costantino Nivola, La città degli untori. 1962 by the Industrialists of the Veneto, is promoted and managed by the Il Campiello Foundation, made up of the seven Industrial Associations of the Veneto and their regional Confindustria. It is one of the few successful cases in Italy of concrete and strategic connection between the world of business and culture, becoming one of the most important Italian literary competitions.
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