After graduating in Literature and Russian Language at Turin University, Gian Piero Piretto, born in 1952, taught in various universities including Turin, Bergamo and Parma. Since 1994, he has been a teacher of Russian culture and methodology of visual culture at Università Statale in Milan. Besides being a translator for various publishers of works by Čechov (Teatro, I racconti della maturità), Okudþzava (Arbat mio Arbat), Popov (Strane coincidenze) and Gavrilov (Alle soglie della vita nuova) he also wrote many books on the history of Russian literature (Derelitti, bohemiens e malaffari. Il mito povero di Pietroburgo, Da Pietroburgo a Mosca). The Soviet era and its cultural heritage is another of his favorite subject and the main topic of several essays (Il radioso avvenire. Mitologie culturali sovietiche, La vita privata degli oggetti sovietici, Indirizzo: Unione Sovietica). In 2014, he edited Memorie di pietra, a volume written in collaboration with other writers dealing with totalitarian monumentality starting from a few architecture cases, followed in 2018 by Quando c'era l'URSS. 70 anni di storia culturale Sovietica, a richer edition of the previous Il radioso avvenire which reconstruct the Soviet myth from the rise to the fall. In 2020 he published the guide Vagabondare a Berlino. Itinerari eccentrici tra presente e passato.
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