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2016 finalists

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Best Foreign Fiction


Here are this year's Premio Gregor von Rezzori - Città di Firenze finalists for best foreign fiction:


MIRCEA CĂRTĂRESCU   ABBACINANTE. IL CORPO. (Blinding) - Voland - Translation by Bruno Mazzoni

Mircea Cartarescu was born in Bucharest in 1956.  He is a poet, novelist, musician and journalist, a member of the Romanian Writers’ Union, the Romanian PEN and the European Cultural Parliament. He is one of the most interesting writers from Eastern Europe. He has won many important prizes, both in Romania and internationally, such as the 2012 Berlin Prize for Literature, the 2013 Spycher-Leuk in Switzerland and the 2015 Austrian State Prize for European Literature. His books published in Italy are: The Levant (1990), Nostalgia (1993), Travesti (1994), and Blinding (1996-2007).



Photo credit to Eric Morin

Photo credit to Eric Morin

DANY LAFERRIÈRE  TUTTO SI MUOVE IN TORNO A ME (The world is moving around me) - 66thand2nd - Translation by Giuseppe Grimonti Greco and Francesca Scala

Dany Laferrière was born in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, in 1953, and in 1976 left his country to settle in Montreal.  After a variety of work, he became well-known as a journalist.  In 1985, he published his first novel, How to Make Love to a Negro Without Getting Tired, later made into a film. In 2009, he won the Prix Médicis with his book The Return.  In 2013, he was elected to the Académie Française on the first round of balloting, occupying the “seat of Montesquieu,” becoming not only the first Haitian and the first Canadian to receive the honor, but also the second black writer ever to have been inducted. His books published in Italy are: Heading South (2006), Down Among the Dead Men (2006) and The World Is Moving Around Me (2010).



YIYUN LI   PIÙ GENTILE DELLA SOLITUDINE  (Kinder than solitude) - Einaudi - Translation Laura Noulian

Yiyun Li was born in Beijing in 1972.  In 1996, she graduated from Medical School and subsequently moved to the USA.  She now lives in California.  Her pieces have been published in magazines such as «The Paris Review», «Glimmer Train», «Prospect» and «The New Yorker», which in 2010 named her as one of the twenty best novelists under 40. In the same year, she received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Her first book, A Thousand Years of Good Prayers (2005), won the Frank O'Connor Short Story Award, the PEN/Hemingway Award and the Guardian First Book Award for Fiction. Her other books published in Italy are: The Vagrants (2009) and Kinder Than Solitude (2014).



DINAW MENGESTU  TUTTI I NOSTRI NOMI (All our names) - Frassinelli - Translation by Mariagiulia Castagnone

Dinaw Mengestu was born in Addis Ababa in 1978.  At the age of two he moved with his family to join his father in the USA during the “Red Terror.”  His first two books, The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears (2007) and How to Read the Air (2010), immediately received the attention of critics, and he was awarded some of the most prestigious prizes in the USA, such as the Guardian First Book Award, Los Angeles Times Art Seidenbaum Award for First Fiction and the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. In 2012 he received a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship.  All Our Names (2014) is his third novel.



LORRIE MOORE  BARK (Bark) - Bompiani - Translation by Alberto Pezzotta

Lorrie Moore was born in the USA in 1957. She has contributed to «The Paris Review» and her first short story in «The New Yorker» was included by John Updike in The Best American Short Stories of the Century. She has received many honors, among them the 1988 O'Henry Award and the Irish Times International Fiction Prize for Birds of America. She was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2001 and to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 2005. Her other books published in Italy are: Self-Help (1985)Anagrams (1986)Who Will Run the Frog Hospital? (1994), A Gate at the Stairs (2009) and Bark (2014).




L'ARTE DI COLLEZIONARE MOSCHE (FLY TRAP) by Fredrik Söjberg (Iperborea)

Fulvio Ferrari was born in Milan in 1955. He studied at the University of Turin, Milan and Stockholm. Since 1981 he has worked as a literary translator, translating first from German, then from Swedish, Norwegian and Dutch. During his activity as a translator he edited the Italian versions of some nordic texts and dutch medieval texts. Among the authors translated by Fulvio Ferrari are Hölderlin, Klaus Mann, Sven Delblanc, August Strindberg, Göran Tunström, Stig Dagerman, Fredrik Sjöberg, Knut Hamsun, Cees Nooteboom and Adriaan van Dis. He is currently Director of the Department of Letters and Philosophy of the University of Trento.