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Alain Elkann is an Italian novelist, intellectual, and journalist. A recurring theme in his books is the history of the Jews in Italy, their centrality to Italian history, and the relation between the Jewish faith and other religions. He is a writer for La Règle du Jeu, Nuovi Argomenti, "A" and Shalom magazines. He is currently president of the Alliance française of Turin, president of Mecenate 90 (Rome), president of the scientific committee of Palazzo Te (Mantua), president of the FIAC of New York (Italian Foundation for Art and Culture), vice president of the Fondazione Rosselli, board member of the IULM University of Milan, where he teaches literature and arts, board member of the Museo Mega (Gallarate), member of the jury of Premio internazionale Mondello Palermo and of Premio Roma. He received the America Award of the Italy-USA Foundation in 2010. He was awarded Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur in December 2009 and he received the Medaille de Vermeil award from the Académie Française in November 2010.
I l tuffo (1981); Stella Oceanis (1983); Piazza Carignano (1985) (in English , 1986); Le due babe (1986); Montagne russe (1988 -Misguided Lives in English , 1989); Vita di Moravia (with Alberto Moravia , 1990, new ed. 2000 - Life of Moravia in English , 2001); Rotocalco (1991); D elitto a Capri (novel, 1992); Vendita all'asta (1993); Cambiare il cuore (with Carlo Maria Martini , 1993, new revised ed. 1997); Essere ebreo (with Elio Toaff , 1994, new ed. 2001); Emma, intervista a una bambina di undici anni (1995); I soldi devono restare in famiglia (1996); Diario verosimile (1997); Il padre francese (1999 - The French Father in English , 2011); Le mura di Gerusalemme (2000); Interviste 1989-2000 (2000); John Star (2001); Essere musulmano (with B. Hassan, 2001 - To be a Muslim: Islam, Peace, and Democracy with B. Hassan, in English , 2003); Il Messia e gli ebrei (2002); Boulevard de Sébastopol e altri racconti (2002); Una lunga estate (2003); Mitzvà (2004); Giorno dopo Giorno (2005); L'Equivoco (2008) ; Envy (in English , 2008); Nonna Carla (2010); Hotel Locarno (2011); Spicchi di un’arancia (2012)