Marilù Oliva

She lives in Bologna and teaches literature in a high school. She wrote five novels, three of which devoted to one character: Guerrera, alias Elisa Guerra, a laid-back heroine with her passion for salsa and capoeira, as well as criminality student and unemployed journalist. The saga is composed of"¡Tú la pagarás!" (2010), Premio Scerbanenco finalist "Fuego" (2011) and "Mala Suerte" (2012), Premio Karibe winners. She edited the anthology "Nessuna più. 40 autori contro il femminicidio", against violence on women. She writes for several literary magazines including "Carmilla" and "Thriller Magazine". «What is striking about her style – as Valerio Evangelisti puts it – is the realism of her narration as well as her linguistic innovation. "Her metaphors and bold originality often takes you by surprise». "Le sultane" (2014) is a novel focus on the vicissitudes of three elderly ladies in a crumbling block of flats on the outskirts of Bologna, where family affections and relations amongst neighbours are interspersed with brutal crimes, grotesque jokes and bitter smiles.

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