Alberto Arbasino

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Alberto Arbasino
Giuseppe Pontiggia 03.jpg
Arbasino (right) with Giuseppe Pontiggia
Born (1930-01-22) 22 January 1930 (age 87)
Voghera, Lombardy, Italy
Occupation writer, essayist
Language Italian
Nationality Italian
Literary movement Neoavanguardia
Notable works Super Elagabalus

Alberto Arbasino (born 22 January 1930) is an Italian writer and essayist.


Arbasino was born in Voghera, southwestern Lombardy. He studied at the University of Milan where he graduated in law. Later he worked as journalist for magazines such as Il Mondo and the newspaper La Repubblica. From 1983 to 1987, he was deputy to the Italian Parliament for the Italian Republican Party.

His work include novels and essays. Arbasino has been a member of the Gruppo 63.

He describes himself as an expressionist writer and considers his novel Super Eliogabalo ("Super Elagabalus", 1969) as his most surreal and most expressionist book.[1] He now edits and rewrites his various works, which are reprinted in updated versions.[2]

In the 1970s he was the host of the TV debate show Match. In December 1977 it hosted a famous debate between directors Mario Monicelli and (the emerging) Nanni Moretti. Moretti said that Monicelli's An Average Little Man was a reactionary film.[3][4]

In 2004 he won the Premio Chiara for his career.



  1. ^ (Italian) "Alberto Arbasino, Conversazione Con Gabriele Pedullà" Retrieved 19 June 2009
  2. ^ (Italian) "Alberto Arbasino, L'anonimo lombardo" Retrieved 19 June 2009
  3. ^ Match Monicelli-Moretti on YouTube
  4. ^ Moretti contro Monicelli. su Raitre " vecchia " polemica, in Corriere della Sera, 6 June 1994, p.28

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