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Paolo Cognetti

Italian writer

1978   -  

country of citizenship: Italy
language of expression: Italian, English
educated at: University of Milan
occupation: writer
award received: Prix Médicis for foreign literature, prix littéraire François-Sommer

Paolo Cognetti (Milan, January 27, 1978) is an Italian writer. He started studying mathematics at university, but quit to enroll at Milan's film-making school Civica Scuola di Cinema «Luchino Visconti», where he graduated in 1999. He taught himself American literature and started directing documentaries in 2004, especially about social, political and literary topics. His first work as a writer was the short story Fare ordine, which won the Premio Subway−Letteratura. He loves New York City, which has become the main subject of some of his documentaries. His other passion is the mountain, where he likes to spend a few months alone every year. In 2016, he published his first novel Le otto montagne (The Eight Mountains, English translation by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre for Atria Books, 2018), which granted him the Premio Strega 2017, Italy′s most prestigious literary award, as well as various international awards, such as the Prix Médicis étranger, the Prix François Sommer, and the English Pen Translates Award.
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Sofia si veste sempre di nero

short story by Paolo Cognetti

author: Paolo Cognetti


The Eight Mountains: A Novel

Novel of Paolo Cognetti

author: Paolo Cognetti


Sofia si veste sempre di nero

author: Paolo Cognetti

Les huit montagnes

author: Paolo Cognetti

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