Tullio Avoledo

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Tullio Avoledo.

Tullio Avoledo (born 1 June 1957) is an Italian novelist.[1]


Avoledo was born in Valvasone, in the province of Pordenone (Friuli-Venezia Giulia). After earning a degree in law, he worked as legal counselor for banks.

His first novel, L'elenco telefonico di Atlantide, released in January 2003 by the minor Italian publisher Sironi, turned into a best-seller and won the Fort Village Montblanc Award for the best debutant writer. Avoledo showed the ability to draw the reader into a science-fictional narrative dealing with a mysterious global plot involving a character somehow modelled on the author himself. In November of the same year his second novel, Mare di Bering, was published.

His last novel for Sironi was Lo stato dell'unione in 2005. In that year his first novel for Einaudi, one of the most renowned Italian publishers (which had also issued pocket editions of the former two), was released, under the title Tre sono le cose misteriose. Avoledo won the prestigious Grinzane Award With this fourth book in 2006.

The following Breve storia di lunghi tradimenti is a novel where characters (like Giulio Rovedo and Cecilia Mazzi) and situations of L'elenco telefonico di Atlantide are revisited (even if with some significant differences), with a new plot set in the world of the global economics and of the industrial delocalization. A movie inspired by this novel, directed by Davide Marengo and starring Guido Caprino, Carolina Crescentini, Maya Sansa and Philippe Leroy, will be released in 2013.

La ragazza di Vajont is set in a dystopic alternate Italy dominated by a fascist regime, and plunged into a seemingly endless winter.

L'ultimo giorno felice is a short novel which Avoledo wrote for Legambiente, an Italian environmental organization. The plot is centered on the predicament of a young architect, Francesco Salvador, selling his soul to the mafia for money. The novel describes the last hours of Francesco, during an exclusive tour of the Venetian lagoon.

Science fiction is often present in the works of Avoledo. Avoledo's novel L'anno dei dodici inverni (2009) deals with time travel, love and redemption, in a mix of science fiction themes and a realistic narrative approach to the feelings and emotions of the characters. In 2011 he published another science fiction novel, Un buon posto per morire, in collaboration with Davide "Boosta" Dileo, keyboard player of the Turinese band Subsonica. The novel won the Emilio Salgari Prize 2012 for the best Italian adventure novel.

The last novel by Avoledo is Metro 2033: Le radici del cielo, written for the Metro 2033 Universe project set up by Dmitry Glukhovski. The book has been published in Italy by Multiplayer.it.


  • L'elenco telefonico di Atlantide (2003)
  • Mare di Bering (2003)
  • Lo stato dell'unione (2005)
  • Tre sono le cose misteriose (2005)
  • Breve storia di lunghi tradimenti (2007)
  • La ragazza di Vajont (2008)
  • L'ultimo giorno felice (2008)
  • L'anno dei dodici inverni (2009)
  • Un buon posto per morire (2011)
  • Le radici del Cielo (Universe of Metro 2033) (2012)
  • La crociata dei bambini (Universe of Metro 2033) (2014)


  1. ^ "L'Italia apocalittica di Tullio Avoledo" (in Italian). Fantasy Magazine. 8 June 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2011. 

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