EVOKING DIONYSUS: THE JOY OF FREE PARTIES AND SUBCULTURES
Conference/debate with Vanni Santoni
The fears aroused by free parties, historically the most genuine fulcrum of underground expressiveness, return cyclically. Santoni deals here with a highly political theme in a philosophical key, going in search of the Dionysian matrix that so frightens the everyday Apollonian.
Vanni Santoni is a writer, journalist and editor. After his debut with Personaggi precari (Precarious characters), his publications include the novels Gli interessi in comune (Interests in common, Feltrinelli 2008), Se fossi fuoco arderei Firenze (If I were fire I would burn Florence, Laterza 2011), In territorio nemico (In enemy territory, minimum fax 2013), Muro di casse (Wall of speakers, Laterza 2015), La stanza profonda (The deep room, Laterza 2017, candidate for the Strega prize), L’impero del sogno (The empire of dreams, Mondadori 2017) and the fantasy novels Terra ignota and Terra ignota 2 (Lands Unknown), and I fratelli Michelangelo (The Michelangelo brothers, Mondadori 2013, 2014 and 2019). He writes for Corriere della Sera, Internazionale, and Linus. From 2014 to 2021, he was editorial director for fiction at Tunué. His latest books are the essay La scrittura non si insegna (Writing is not taught, minimum fax 2020), the novel La verità su tutto (The truth about everything, Mondadori 2022) and the poems of Altre stanza (Other rooms, Le Lettere 2023).