Alberto Rollo (Milan, 1951), was literary director of the Feltrinelli publishing house from 2009 to 2017. For two decades, he has written reviews of literature, theatre and film for various national newspapers. His works have appeared in magazines such as "Belfagor", "Quaderni Piacentini", "Ombre Rosse", "Il Maltese" and "Tirature". Former co-editor of "Linea d'Ombra", he has worked with leading Italian publishing houses and has translated a number of British and American authors, from Will Self to Jonathan Coe, including classics such as Washington Irving and William Faulkner. He published his first novel, "Un'educazione milanese" in 2016, which won the Premio letterario Alvaro-Bigiaretti and was short-listed for the Premio Strega 2017. In the book, as Simonetta Fiori wrote in "Repubblica", Rollo has written about his city «without the pathetic accent of nostalgia, without any intention or sociological perspective, but with the eyes of someone who was born into a proletarian family in the suburbs, who shared the utopian and rebellious spark of his generation, and today finds himself in a radically changed landscape».
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