Melania G. Mazzucco
Lei così amata (She So Loved)
Rizzoli 2000, Einaudi 2012, 496 pages

“No battles are lost as long as there are still books like those written by Melania Mazzucco.”
El País

“Melania Mazzucco writes with epical strenght and great levity, drowing facts and characters with care, irony and emotional involvement.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung

Annemarie Schwarzenbach (1908-1942) was a writer, archeologist, photographer, journalist, an educated, refined and beautiful woman, who “seemed to embody the whole history of Europe”. Daughter of a wealthy industrialist from Zurich, she could enjoy a comfortable and gracious living; but she’d rather be true to herself and chose a scandalous life, always running away, always travelling, from Persia to the States, to Congo, searching for “anything else but herself”. Smartly moving along documentary truth and literary fiction, Mazzucco saves from oblivion an impressive female character, full expression of the twentieth century, taking it into a powerful narrative.

Melania G. Mazzucco

Melania G. Mazzucco was born and lives in Rome. She is the author of Il bacio della Medusa (1996), La camera di Baltus (1998), Lei così amata (2000, Premio Napoli), about the writer Annemarie Schwarzenbach, Vita (2003, Premio Strega), Un giorno perfetto (2005), on which was based the movie with the same title by Ferzan Ozpetek, and two works about the Italian Renaissance painter Tintoretto: the novel La lunga attesa dell’angelo (2008, Premio Bagutta) and the essay Jacomo Tintoretto e i suoi figli (2009, Premio Comisso). In 2011 she received the Premio letterario Viareggio-Tobino as Author of the Year. Then, she wrote Limbo (2012, Premio Elsa Morante, Premio Rhegium Julii, Premio Matteotti, Premio Bottari Lattes Grinzane), Il bassotto e la Regina (2012, Premio Frignano Ragazzi 2013), Sei come sei (2013), Il museo del mondo (2014), in which she narrates 54 works of art, Io sono con te (2016, Rai Radio 3 Fahrenheit‘s Book of the Year), L’architettrice (2019, Premio Alassio, Premio Capalbio). In 2020 she won the Premio alla Carriera John Fante. She created and wrote the docu-film Tintoretto. A Rebel in Venice, a 2019 Sky Arts original production distributed in cinemas all over the world. She wrote for the theatre, the cinema and the radio and is a contributor to la Repubblica. Her books have been translated in 27 languages.

 

 

“No battles are lost as long as there are still books like those written by Melania Mazzucco.”
El País

“Melania Mazzucco writes with epical strenght and great levity, drowing facts and characters with care, irony and emotional involvement.”
Süddeutsche Zeitung

Foreign rights sold in
France: Flammarion, J’ai lu
Germany: Piper
Greece: Diighisi
Poland: WAB Foksal
Spain: Anagrama
Turkey: Yapi Kredi Culture

 

Italian and foreign editions

Foreign publishers of Melania G. Mazzucco’s works
Albania: Albas
Bulgaria: Uniscorp, Jelenkor
Canada: HarperCollins, Harper Perennial
China: Horizon
Croatia: Oceanmore
Denmark: Tellerup, Turbine
Finland: Avain
France: Flammarion, J’ai lu, Editions du Club
Germany, Austria and Switzerland: Piper, Knaus, btb, Hoffmann und Campe
Georgia: Sulakauri
Greece: Diigisi, Modern Times
Hungary: Európa Könyvkiadó
Israel: Schocken, Kinneret Zmora-Bitan Dvir
Japan: Michitani
Korea: Random House Corea
The Netherlands and Belgium: Mouria, Atlas-Contact
Norway: Cappelen
Poland: Wab-Foksal
Romania: Polirom
Russia: Ast
Serbia: Mono j Manjana, Sezam Book
Spain and South America: Seix Barral, Planeta, Anagrama
Sweden: Norsteds, Contempo
Turkey: Yapi Kredi Culture and Arts, Doğan Kitap
UK: Pushkin
US and UK: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Picador, Thornedike Press

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