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Alessandro Barbero

Writer and professor

He is a writer and professor of Medieval History at the University of Piemont. Alessandro Barbero is one of the most renowned Italian historians. He studied literature and history at the University of Turin, where he was specialized in medieval and military history. His books have been translated into many languages and he has published numerous essays including Waterloo. La última batalla de Napoleón (Pasado y presente, 2015), Adrianápolis (Ariel, 2014) or La Batalla de Lepanto (Pasado y Presente, 2021). With his first novel, Diario de Mr. Pybe.  Venturas y desventuras de un gentilhombre americano en las guerras napoleónicas (Literatura Random House, 1996), set during the Napoleonic Wars, he won the Strega Prize, Italy's highest literary award. In 1998 he was named Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the Académie Française. He is also the author of the novels Gliocchi di Venezia (Mondadori, 2011) with which he won the Alessandro Manzonio Prize, and the recently published Alabama (Sellerio, 2021). His latest book is Dante (Acantilado, 2021), an accurate biography of the author where Barbero immerses us in the society and culture of his times. Barbero has collaborated in various media and is currently a member of the editorial board of the magazine Storia.

Update: 17 December 2021


Has participated in

Dante, a fire that never puts out

Alessandro Barbero and José Maria Micó