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Giorgio Fontana

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Giorgio Fontana (b. 1981) is an Italian author. He studied philosophy at the University of Milan and still lives in that city today. Fontana was one of the founders of the Italian literary magazine Eleanore Rigby. He now writes articles and columns for newspapers, including Il Corriere della Sera and La Stampa's cultural supplement Tuttolibri. He has been described as one of the leading voices in contemporary Italian fiction.

Fontana debuted in 2007 with the novel Buoni propositi per l'anno nuovo (New Year's Resolutions; Mondadori). A year later, he published Novalis, a work of literary journalism (Marsilio, 2008). Per legge superiore (Sellerio, 2011), a novel about the fight against crime and the fallibility of the justice system, led to his international breakthrough.  

Fontana's most recent book is the novel Morte di un uomo felice (Death of a Happy Man; Sellerio, 2014). Once again, he scrutinizes the problematic aspects of modern Italian society without lapsing into moralizing polemic. His style is marked by beautiful imagery, understated, compelling plots, and plain language.  

Fontana has received a number of prizes for his work, such as the Premio Racalmare-Leonardo Sciascia and the Premio Campiello. In 2015 he was nominated for the European Prize for Literature. Fontana's work has been translated into many languages, including Dutch, French, German, and Spanish.  

In May 2016, Giorgio Fontana will stay in the writers' flat at the Porte de Hal, where he will work on a new novel about two friends with diametrically opposed personalities.     

 

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