14.06.2009 - Davide Longo, Milena Agus

For this summer Sunday afternoon BorderKitchen we have invited two young and talented authors to discuss their work as writers and their newest novels.

Milena Agus was born in Genoa to Sardinian parents and now lives in Cagliari where she teaches Italian and History. Madame Agnese (translated into Dutch by Jeanne Crijns) is the third novel by the hand of this young author who was the literary surprise of 2007 in Italy and an instant international hit with her novel Mal di Pietra. Her stories are original, unartificial and almost naive but clearly show her capacity to cross the boundaries of reality. Milena Agus won the 2008 City of Rome Literary Prize.

Davide Longo was born in Carmagnola near Turin where he still lives today. For his first novel Un mattino a Irgalem (translated into Dutch by Pieter van der Drift) he received the Grinzane Cavour Prize and the Premio Via Po for the best debut in Italy. His second novel Il mangiatore di pietre was awarded the Premio nazionale di narrativa Bergamo and the Premio Viadana. Longo is also an author of children’s books, short films and documentaries, his documentary Memorie dell’altoforno was screened at the Young Cinema festival in Turin.

The authors will be interviewed in English by Marc Leijendekker (NRC Handelsblad)