Edoardo Albinati

Italy, 1956

Edoardo Albinati is a novelist, journalist, and screenwriter. For over twenty years, Albinati has taught the inmates of Rome’s Rebibbia penitentiary, an experience described in his memoir Maggio Selvaggio (1999). His work for the UN Refugee Agency (UNHCR) in Afghanistan and Niger inspired him to write Il ritorno (2002) and Otto giorni in Niger (2018, with Francesca d’Aloja). He has worked with the directors Matteo Garrone and Marco Bellocchio on the screenplay of their movies The Tale of Tales (2015) and Fai bei sogni (Sweet dreams, 2016). His novel Svenimenti won the 2004 Viareggio Literary Award, and The Catholic School, his semiautobiographical novel on sexual abuse, catholic education and fascism, won the 2016 Strega Prize, the most prestigious Italian literary award. His latest book is the novel Cuori fanatici (2019).