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Alessandro Baricco

Writer, essayist, and playwright

Alessandro Baricco is a writer, essayist, and playwright. He is director of the Scuola Holden writing school in Turin and, as one of the foremost exponents of contemporary Italian fiction, has received many prizes for his novels, among them the Prix Médicis Étranger (1995) and the Selezione Campiello (1991) awards. Notable among his books published in Spanish, all by Anagrama, are the continuously bestselling Seda (1997; in English, Silk), Sense sang (2003; in English, Without Blood), Aquesta història (2007), the monologue play Novecento (2003), his rewriting of Homer’s Iliad Ilíada (2005; in English, An Iliad), and the essay collections Next: Petit llibre sobre la globalització i el món que es prepara (2002) and Los bárbaros: ensayo sobre la mutación (2008; in English, The Barbarians: An Essay on the Mutation of Culture). He has recently published The Game (2019), an essay that probes technological disruptions through the logic and history of videogames.


Update: 13 December 2019


Has participated in

Alessandro Baricco in conversation with Jorge Carrión

Augmented Humanity

A morning with Alessandro Baricco

The world as a video game