Alain Elkann Interviews

Since the beginning of the current Gaza war, I have spoken twice to Aharon Appelfeld. He is sort of secluded in his home in a little village close to Jerusalem. When there is the alarm, he goes into his cellar with his wife, like everybody else does th …

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Gaetano Pesce has just arrived in his office in downtown Manhattan at 543 Broadway. “I have lived in New York since 1980, for 34 years. I love the city, but this summer we have heavy rain all the time and it is quite inconvenient after the very cold wi …

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Paolo Bulgari is very tall with white hair: he is a man of few words but has a considerable sense of humour. He works in his office on the first floor in via Condotti above the legendary jeweller’s shop. The offices were renovated a year ago and the wa …

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The Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa, in Italy to present his new book The Notebooks of Don Rigoberto, wanders through the streets of Rome and comes into the bookstore. “It seems as if only women buy books. I have counted some 18 people in this books …

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“I wish to say that an interview can be like a photograph, because in it is that moment in someone’s life, that unique moment that the interview catches forever.

“Sometimes when we read classic interviews from the archive it is great, because here are their very words; and in cases like Moravia or Versace there won’t be others. So every scholar or historian can value these interviews and treat them as rare documents.

“An interview with a great personality never gets old, just as much as they don’t. An interview can either be fresh news or the memory of someone that one should never forget.

“There are special people… that never pass even when they will be no more.”