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About the Author: Gianni Celati

Born in 1937, he's an Italian writer, translator and critic.
Gianni Celati was born in Sondrio, but spent his infancy and adolescence in the province of Ferrara. He graduated in English literature with a degree on James Joyce by the teacher Carlo Izzo of the University of Bologna, where he would later teach (he also taught at the Caen University, at Cornell University, and at Brown University).

His first book, Comiche, was published in 1970 in the Giulio Einaudi's publishing company with an introduction by Italo Calvino, with whom he planned to found a literary magazine which never came to light. Another writer interested in the projects was Carlo Ginzburg. All the letters are preserved and published later by the magazine "Riga", no. 14 (1998), which later dedicated the entire no. 28 (2008) to Celati.

His three novels Le avventure di Guizzardi (1972), La banda dei sospiri (1976), and Lunario del paradiso (1978) were later published together in Parlamenti buffi (1998), with a leave-letter of the author to his own book, which marked his passage from Einaudi to the Giangiacomo Feltrinelli's publishing company.

In 1985, he wrote the stories of Narratori delle pianure (Grinzane Cavour Prize); in 1987 Quattro novelle sulle apparenze; and in 1989 Verso la foce (Mondello Prize). The three books reaveal a new direction in the author's style, more serious and visual after the amusing and explosive wordy manner of the previous ones.

In 1994, he wrote L'Orlando innamorato raccontato in prosa, derived from the Orlando in Love of Matteo Maria Boiardo. In 1998, he collected his notes from African travelling in Avventure in Africa (Feronia Prize). This book was awarded with the Zerilli-Marimò Prize for Italian Fiction.

In 2000, Rebecca J. West dedicated her Gianni Celati: The Craft of Everyday Storytelling to his writings (published by University of Toronto Press).

Other stories by Celati were collected in Cinema naturale (2001, Piero Chiara Prize). In 2005, he published the pseudo-anthropological study Fata Morgana (2005, Ennio Flaiano Prize). In 2006, he won the Viareggio Prize for his novel Vite di pascolanti and made the third James K. Binder Lectureship in Literature at the University of California in San Diego on "Fellini on the Italian Male".

Celati has translated works by Jonathan Swift, William Gerhardie, Herman Melville, Stendhal, Louis Ferdinand Céline, Mark Twain, Roland Barthes, Jack London, Henri Michaux, Georges Perec, and others.

He also directed a few documentaries, such as Strada Provinciale delle Anime (1991), Il Mondo di Luigi Ghirri (1999, on the Italian photographer), Case Sparse (2003), and Diol Kadd (2010, shot in Senegal); while starred in Mondonuovo (2003) by the director Davide Ferrario, a movie on Celati's childhood.

He lives in Brighton (UK).

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Paperback, Published in Nov 2009 by Editorial Periferica

ISBN10: 8492865024 | ISBN13: 9788492865024

Page count: 144

In the 1950s a provincial Italian town grows in the periphery, just as the narrator's young friends mature in these three memorable stories that read like a coming-of-age novel.
 
En los años cincuenta una ciudad italiana de provincias crece en la periferia, como crecen también los jóvenes amigos del narrador en estas tres historias memorables que se leen como una sola novela de iniciación.

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