Between splendour and disaster: public corruption, private violence and solitary illuminations in Italy from the 80s onwards: Nicola Lagioia's novels challenge contemporary stereotypes and explore contradictions and nuances of a changing world.
Nicola Lagioia is an Italian writer, born in Bari, in 1973. His most famous works are: Tre sistemi per sbarazzarsi di Tolstoj (minimum fax, 2001, Lo Straniero award), Occidente per principianti (Einaudi, 2004, Scanno award, premio Napoli finalist), Riportando tutto a casa (Einaudi, 2009, Viareggio-Rapaci award, premio Vittorini award, Volponi award, SIAE-Sindacato Scrittori award) and La ferocia(Einaudi, 2014). Nicola Lagioia is editor in chief of nichel, a minimum fax series of Italian fictional literature. Finally, he presents Pagina 3, the cultural review of Radio3.
Stefano Jossa is Reader in Italian at Royal Holloway University of London. He has published extensively on the Italian Renaissance and the Italian national identity expressed through literature. He is the author of L'Italia letteraria(il Mulino, 2006) and Un paese senza eroi. L’Italia da Jacopo Ortis a Montalbano (Laterza, 2013). Most recently, he has co-edited and co-authored (together with Claudia Boscolo) Scritture di resistenza. Sguardi politici dalla narrativa