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Domenico Starnone

Domenico Starnone

Domenico Starnone is an Italian writer, screenwriter and journalist. He was born in Naples and lives in Rome. He is the author of thirteen works of fiction, including First Execution (Europa, 2009), Via Gemito, winner of Italy's most prestigious literary prize, the Strega.

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Upcoming events

Join prize-winning authors Jhumpa Lahiri and Domenico Starnone as they tour the East Coast to celebrate the release of TIES.
"This novel is playing a very sophisticated game and the reader will quickly understand that we are in the hands of a very, very intelligent writer."
Whether you’re traveling to exotic locales this summer or in the mood for some deck-chair travel, you can find the perfect novel with which to while away the long summer days below.
Négar Djavadi, Domenico Starnone, and Jhumpa Lahiri to be featured speakers at the 2018 PEN World Voices Festival.

Latest reviews

  • “Lahiri, in her first Italian-to-English translation, conveys the themes of loss perfectly.”
    — LA Times, Aug 24 2021
  • “The story, it turns out, isn’t just about trust—but also about how we create our own lovers to suit the selves we’d like to be—or, at any cost, not to be. Richly nuanced while also understated, Starnone’s latest appearance in English is a novel to be savored.”
    — Kirkus Reviews (Starred), Aug 18 2021
  • “Starnone (Trick) returns with an elegant story of a man’s lifelong struggle to perfect his public persona while hiding a secret.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Jul 16 2021
  • “Acclaimed Italian novelist and National Book Award finalist Starnone’s newest novel explores vulnerability, relationships, and the gulf between our public and private selves.”
    — The Millions, Jul 15 2021
  • “Starnone’s precise writing gives the novel a rich foundation...”
    — Vox, Nov 12 2018
  • “Starnone, one of Italy’s most accomplished novelists, knows the territory and delivers it wonderfully.”
    — The Guardian, Apr 19 2018
  • "A superb, sometimes unsettling intergenerational portrait hitting on basic truths."
    — Library Journal (Starred Review), Apr 1 2018
  • “Starnone has written an emotionally complex, layered story whose brevity serves to amplify profound themes of self-identity, marriage, aging, death and the daunting sacrifices of the creative life.”
    — Shelf Awareness (Starred Review), Mar 30 2018
  • “Starnone’s novella, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri, seizes you and doesn’t let go for 150 pages. The tone is cool and contained. Hysteria threatens, and is kept away — although only just.”
    — The Times, Mar 18 2018
  • “Domenico Starnone’s superb Italian novel, ‘Trick,’ [...] [is] a marvel of metafiction that feels fresh and surprising.”
    — The Washington Post, Mar 13 2018
  • “While most artists are well past their childhood, with “Trick,” Starnone reminds them to never forget their initial inspirations and how their art serves as a vivid link between past and present.”
    — The Michigan Daily, Mar 11 2018
  • “Trick is a short, brilliant, deeply moving novel about the relationship between an elderly illustrator and his 4-year-old grandson.”
    — Entertainment Weekly, Mar 8 2018
  • “Starnone echoes Henry James throughout, with ghoulish hallucinations, and piercing insights into identity and the shifting perceptions of ageing.”
    — BBC Culture, Mar 1 2018
  • “[T]he book seems to unfold right before you—the voice so lucid and urgent all the emotional torque of what surges beneath the old man’s interactions with his grandson—family secrets, a feeling of mortality buffeting up—assault the present...”
    — Literary Hub, Mar 1 2018
  • “Starnone packs a huge amount into a small compass… Engrossing.”
    — The Sunday Times (UK), Feb 25 2018
  • “[A]stute and emotionally precise[, TRICK is] a remarkably layered work [that] encourages rereading to unearth subtle and new interpretations.”
    — Publishers Weekly, Feb 5 2018
  • “A new book from Starnone is an event to celebrate.”
    — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review), Jan 18 2018
  • “A sharp observation of two unlikely rivals matching wits and a trenchant analysis of aging, family and art, this deliciously addictive novel is a treat to read.”
    — BookRiot, Jan 8 2018
  • “poignant [and] achingly observed.”
    — Entertainment Weekly, Dec 26 2017
  • “Domenico Starnone’s TIES is a 144-page novel punching three times that weight. From three viewpoints, it dissects a marriage that has survived more than 50 years, despite infidelities. An outstanding achievement...”
    — The Sunday Times, Nov 27 2017

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