Andrea Marcolongo

Italy, 1987

Andrea Marcolongo is a classicist and a writer. She studied at the University of Milan and Scuola Holden in Turin and she worked as a storytelling consultant for politicians and companies in Italy and abroad. She gained recognition for the essay The Ingenious Language: Nine Epic Reasons to Love Greek (2016), a passionate plea for the social value of a dead language in our modern times, which became an international best seller. In 2018 she published the book La Misura Eroica, for which she was awarded the Lupicaia del Terriccio Prize. Marcolongo’s work is widely translated, and she has written for prestigious newspapers including La Stampa and La Repubblica. She translates plays from the ancient Greek, including Palamede for Alessandro Baricco and Valeria Solarino. Andrea Marcolongo currently lives in Sarajevo and teaches Writing and Storytelling at the Scuola Normale Superiore in Pisa, the Aristotle University in Thessaloniki, Universidad de Los Andes in Bogota and UNAM in Mexico City.