Gesualdo Bufalino was born in Comiso, Sicily. He studied literature and was a high-school professor in his hometown, for most of his life. Immediately after World War II, he had to spend some time in an hospital for tuberculosis; hence he drew the material for the novel Diceria dell'untore (The Plague Sower). The book was written in 1950, but was published only in 1981, thanks to Bufalino's friend and well-known writer Leonardo Sciascia who discovered his talents. In 1988, the novel Le menzogne della notte (Night's Lies) won the Strega Prize. In 1990 he won the Nino Martoglio International Book Award. In his native town the Biblioteca di Bufalino ("Bufalino's Library") is now named after him.
Works available in English
- The Plague Sower, translated by Stephen Sartarelli and with an introduction by Leonardo Sciascia, Hygiene (CO): Eridanos Press, 1988.
- Blind Argus, translated by Patrick Creagh, London: Harvill, 1989, 1992. For this translation Patrick Creagh won the John Florio Prize.
- Night's Lies, translated by Patrick Creagh, London: Harvill, 1990; as Lies of the night, New York: Atheneum, 1991.
- The Keeper of Ruins and Other Inventions, translated by Patrick Creagh, London: Harvill, 1994.
- Tommaso and the Blind Photographer, translated by Patrick Creagh, London : Harvill Press, 2000.
- Breath of Life, film adaptation of Diceria dell'untore.
Critics works available in Italian
- Verga e il cinema. Con una sceneggiatura verghiana inedita di Cavalleria rusticana, testo di Gesualdo Bufalino a cura di Nino Genovese e Sebastiano Gesù, Catania, 1996
- Sarah Zappulla Muscarà (a cura di), Narratori siciliani del secondo dopoguerra, Giuseppe Maimone Editore, Catania 1990
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