One of the most authentic representatives of the contemporary Italian fiction, he was discovered by Pier Vittorio Tondelli, who published some of his short stories in the Papergang-Under 25 anthology. Inspired by famous writers such as Hemingway, Carver, Bukowski and Brett Easton Elllis, he became famous in 1994 with the hilarious novel titled Tutti giù per terra, an amazing success which was awarded the Montblanc and the Grinzane Cavour Prizes. It is about a young man in his twenties, Walter, who lives in Turin at the end of the Eighties facing the fears, the uncertainties, and the frailty of being young in late 80's Turin with perplexity, disillusionment and, above all, with an irresistible irony. The novel was made into a movie directed by Davide Ferrario and interpreted by Valerio Mastrandea. Walter's stories go on in Paso Doble, 1995. Culicchia's books have been translated into French, German, Dutch, Greek, Spanish, Catalan and Russian. He writes for many magazines and newspapers, including La Stampa.
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