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Prada Journal 2014

Prada Journal Signs of a changing world 2014

Prada and Italian publisher Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore present the second edition of Prada Journal, the literary prize reserved for emerging literary voices.

Established as a universal bond between fashion and literature, the Prada-Feltrinelli Prize focused on our world and everyday life in its first edition. Now it attempts to understand the transformation that we are undergoing today and how we will change tomorrow: 

""What are the signs of a changing world? And what situations can we envision? Taking a good look at the details might give us the answer.""

Once again, optical frames were the preferred starting point for this exploration of our universe in its many forms, producing ideas that pave the way to potential change.

The line of inquiry launched in 2013 continues with the same progressive, inquisitive spirit that both Prada Feltrinelli and Luxottica are renowned for. The study extends its reach to encompass everything imaginable, everything thinkable, and every idea which, once both form and content have been delineated, can be written down.

On Monday, January 19th 2015 Prada unveiled the winners of the Prada Journal – Prada Feltrinelli Prize 2014 during an Award Ceremony hosted in its headquarters in Milan.

The Award Ceremony started at 7pm when Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Filippo Timi lent their voices to the winning stories during a reading moment. Dane DeHaan was the master of ceremonies.

Viola Bellini, Miguel Ferrando and Anabel Graff are the three winners of the contest, who will receive the amount of 5000 Euro each; a special mention has been given to Alejandro Morellon.

The three winning stories, both in their original language and translated into English, make up the anthology “Prada Journal 2014 – Signs of a changing world”.


the jury

Tishani Doshi, Carlo Feltrinelli, Paolo Giordano and Colum McCann are members of the jury for the Prada Feltrinelli Prize 2014.

Tishani Doshi
Tishani Doshi

Tishani Doshi is a poet, novelist and dancer based in Tamil Nadu, India. She has published five books of poetry, fiction and non-fiction, the most recent of which, is Fountainville -- a medieval Welsh tale recast among opium dens, gang wars and a surrogacy clinic. 

Since 2001 she has been the lead dancer with the Chandralekha troupe in Madras. 

Her debut novel, The Pleasure Seekers , was shortlisted for the Hindu Literary Prize and long-listed for the Orange Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

Carlo Feltrinelli
Carlo Feltrinelli

Carlo Feltrinelli (1962) has served since 1988 as Chief Executive Officer of the publishing company founded by his father Giangiacomo Feltrinelli in 1955. 

Since 1988, following the demerger of Librerie Feltrinelli (with over 100 sale points) and Giangiacomo Feltrinelli Editore, he has been President of Librerie Feltrinelli. 

In 2001 he was appointed President of the Fondazione Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, a leading research centre and archive specializing in history, economics and political and social sciences.

In 2014 he was appointed CEO of the Feltrinelli Group.

He is the author of Senior Service, which has been translated and published in the US, the UK, Germany, France, Spain, Greece, Brazil, Portugal, Russia and Japan. 

Paolo Giordano
Paolo Giordano

Paolo Giordano was born in Turin in 1982. 

His first novel, La solitudine dei numeri primi (Mondadori, 2008), has been translated into more than 40 languages worldwide and won numerous awards, including the Premio Strega, the Premio Campiello for a first novel, the Merck-Serono prize for scientific literature, and the Alassio Centolibri prize. 

His second novel, Il corpo umano, was published by Mondadori in 2012 and his third, Il nero e l'argento, by Einaudi in 2014. 

Paolo Giordano writes for Il Corriere della Sera and Vanity Fair. 

He has a Master’s degree and a doctorate in theoretical physics.

Colum McCann
Colum McCann

Colum McCann, originally from Dublin, Ireland, is the author of five novels and two collections of stories. 

He has won numerous international literary awards for his work, including the Pushcart Prize, the Rooney Prize, the Hennessy Award for Irish Literature, the Irish Independent Hughes and Hughes/Sunday Independent Novel of the Year 2003, and the 2002 Ireland Fund of Monaco Princess Grace Memorial Literary Award. 

Additionally, the movie based on his work Everything In This Country Must was nominated for a short-film Oscar in 2005. 

His fiction has been published in over 30 languages and has appeared in The NewYorker, The Atlantic Monthly, GQ, The Paris Review, and Bomb, among others, and he has written for numerous publications including The Irish Times, Die Zeit, La Repubblica, Paris Match, The New York Times, The Guardian, and The Independent. 

His novel Let The Great World Spin was the winner of the National Book Award in 2009 and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award in 2011.

Winning Authors

Winning authors

Viola Bellini - winner 

Was born in Latina, but she grew up in the area of Ferrara. After film school in Trieste, she had many different jobs, among which fruit picker. She lived in Latin America for a year, between Buenos Aires and Santiago. She currently lives in coastal village in Emilia Romagna, where she works as a receptionist at a campground.


Anabel Graff - winner

Anabel Graff received her B.A. from Vassar College and is currently pursuing an M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Texas State University. She has lived in London, Pittsburgh, Montreal, and New York City.


Miguel Ferrando - winner

Miguel Ferrando was born in Valencia, Spain. He studied law at the Valencia University and music (singing) at the Conservatori Superior de Musica de Valencia. Then he attended the Trinity College of Music in London and lived in England for eight years. Opera singer, director, producer and singing teacher, he has published various books of poetry, among which Trozos de viento. He is the director and founder of the company Opera Insólita, based in the area of Madrid. He is currently on tour in Spain with recitals of poetry and singing based on his latest books.


Alejandro Morellon - special mention

Alejandro Morellón is born in Palma de Mallorca, but currently lives in Madrid. In 2008 he coordinates the literary convention Mallorca Fantastic and teaches scriptwriting. In 2009 and 2010 he obtains a creative scholarship for young artists from the Fundación Antonio Gala. He has won, among others, the Premio Fundación MonteLeón with his collection of stories La noche en que caemos (2013). 

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