Nonino Prize 1990

Norbert Elias

A classical writer of the modern thought who, with the courage of a great man of learning and the serenity of the wise man of the tradition, has been able to focus on the eyes of the contemporary taboo of death, explaining its meaning and value.

In half a century of scientific production, he has yielded works of great international sensation by dedicating his research to the relationships between those in power and communal life as well as to the study of the process of civilization.

In his works, which are innovative and intolerant of sectorial restrictions, his meditations on the “Human Condition” bring back a certain existential fullness to life and death, highlighting the price that the age exacts when it demeans the sphere of affection and the dimension and solidarity in public life.