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Alessandro Piperno

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Alessandro Piperno

Alessandro Piperno was born in Rome in 1972. His 2005 novel, The Worst Intentions, won the Campiello Prize for First Novel and became an instant bestseller in Italy, where Corriere della sera described its author as “a new Marcel Proust.” The New Yorker wrote that The Worst Intentions was a “wickedly scathing début, a coruscating mixture of satire, family epic, Proustian meditation, and erotomaniacal farce.” Piperno is the author of two works of non-fiction. Persecution, the first installment of a diptych entitled The Friendly Fire of Memories, is his long-awaited second novel.    

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Author of The Worst Intentions Alessandro Piperno will be on tour beginning the week of October 15th. Cities include: Vancouver, October 18-October 22 Chicago, October 23 Toronto, October...
Alessandro Piperno has been awarded the 2012 Strega Prize for the second book in his Friendly Fire of Memories diptych, INSEPERABLE. Europa will publish the first book, PERSECUTION, in August. Alessandro's...

Latest reviews

  • From the very first page of Alessandro Piperno’s second novel, you know that dark times will deluge Leo Pontecorvo, an eminent paediatric oncologist: a family dinner at his stylish Roman villa is besmirched by a TV news item, insinuating that this dashing Jewish saviour...
    — Feb 1 2013
  • Persecution, the title of Alessandro Piperno’s scorchingly ambitious second novel, is not a straightforward label for the catastrophe that befalls the protagonist, Leo Pontecorvo. It is, however, the one he would sincerely use. A distinguished pediatric oncologist and university...
    — Oct 5 2012
  • "Why it says to the world what the world wants to hear: that nothing goes better with depravity than vanity,” claims the narrator of Persecution. Like the author’s debut, The Worst Intentions, the vanity of the Italian bourgeoisie, this time set in the 1980s, is the subject...
    — Aug 30 2012
  • "Why it says to the world what the world wants to hear: that nothing goes better with depravity than vanity,” claims the narrator of Persecution. Like the author’s debut, The Worst Intentions, the vanity of the Italian bourgeoisie, this time set in the 1980s, is the subject...
    — Aug 30 2012
  • from Nextbook The Piperno Case Is a popular Italian novel a daring comedy of manners—or a way for readers to indulge in stereotypes guilt-free? By Rachel Donadio A few years ago, before his first novel made him a literary phenomenon in his native Italy, Alessandro...
    — Sep 21 2007
  • from Mostly Fiction "The Worst Intentions" (Reviewed by Guy Savage AUG 20, 2007) “That’s how I presented myself to him: a good sixty pounds heavier and a hundred thousand hairs lighter with respect to the last time we met. I’m here: with the...
    — Sep 21 2007
  • "Today it's a trip to be Jewish. Lamented, looked after, exalted." So declares Daniel Sonnino, the disgruntled and dissembling narrator of this wickedly scathing début novel, a coruscating mixture of satire, family epic, Proustian meditation, and erotomaniacal farce. Daniel...
    — Sep 17 2007
  • DISCOVER A HOT ITALIAN NOVELIST The debut novel from young Italian writer Alessandro Piperno won its author lots of attention in his home country two years ago. This new translation (from Europa Editions, a godsend for those into contemporary European writing) let us in...
    — Sep 10 2007
  • A prizewinning best-seller in Italy, Piperno’s debut novel will likely strike some American readers as recycled Philip Roth. For Daniel Sorrentino, the 33-year-old narrator and grandson of a Jewish Italian family, is given to the same erotic obsessions and hypersensitivity...
    — Jun 13 2007
  • This gall-coated Jewish-Italian family folly opens with patriarch Beby Sonnino, a textile magnate, lying dead in his rosewood coffin, leaving wife Ada, sons Luca and Teo, and aging ex-mistress Giorgia Di Porto bereft—well, sort of. The crackly, all-seeing first-person narrative...
    — May 8 2007

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