Michela Murgia was born in Cabras in 1972. She graduated in theological studies and then she taught religion for many years in high schools; she was also a trainer and educator at Azione Cattolica. In her first book "Il mondo deve sapere" ("The World Must Know"), originally meant as a blog, she employed a satirical style to describe the tough working life of telesales operators. The work has been adapted for the stage into the eponymous play by David Emmer and inspired the screenplay for the film "Tutta la vita davanti" ("All life ahead") by Paolo Virzì, attracting the public's attention to an important social issue which up until then had been largely ignored. In 2008 she published "Viaggio in Sardegna". In 2009 her novel "Accabadora" established her as one of the most important authors of the new generation of Italian writers. In 2012 she published "L'incontro" and the diary "Presente" written with Andrea Bajani, Paolo Nori and Giorgio Vasta. A passionate columnist, she writes for various newspapers and presents interesting debates on her website.
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