Francesco Abate (Cagliari, 1964) is a novelist and a journalist of the newspaper L'Unione Sarda. His radio experience started when he was 14 for Radio Alter, followed by Radio Città, Radio Flash, Studio 96 and Radiolina. In 1998 he published the novel Mister Dabolina, and the following year he was awarded the Premio Solinas for Ultima di campionato. This work was first developed as a screenplay and later adapted for the stage, performed in several Italian theaters, until it was published as a novel in 2004. In 2006 he started collaborating with the writer Massimo Carlotto: this led to Catfish and the novel Mi fido di te, as well as L'albero dei microchip. In 2010 he wrote together with the actor Valerio Mastrandrea (alias Saverio Mastofranco) the novel Chiedo scusa. In 2013 he is still engaged in fiction with the novel Un posto anche per me and he participated in the no-profit publishing project Sei per la Sardegna. In 2016 he wrote the book Mia madre e altre catastrofi, followed by the historical crime novel Il corregidor (2017 and 2019, with Carlo A. Melis Costa) and by Torpedone trapiantati (2018) and the recent I delitti della salina (2020), finalist at the Scerbanenco Literary Prize.
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