Alain Elkann is an Italian writer 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, Shalom magazines and in particular for La Stampa. He was a collaborator of important Italian writers such as Alberto Moravia and Indro Montanelli. He wrote novels, essays and articles, among which: the novels Piazza Carignano, The French Father and La Nonna Carla, he co-wrote a book with Italian Chief Rabbi Elio Toaff (former religious leader in Rome) and other works and a books of conversation with him; a book with Milan archbishop Carlo Maria Martini; a book about Islam with Prince El Hassan bin Talal of Jordan; as well as a books of conversation with the writer Alberto Moravia, Life of Moravia, and the artist Michelangelo Pistoletto, The Voice of Pistoletto. He is currently president of the Alliance française of Turin, president of the association Amici dei Giardini Botanici Hanbury of Ventimiglia, president of the FIAC (Italian Foundation for Art and Culture) of New York. 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.
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