Antonio Scurati

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Antonio Scurati
Antonio Scurati in 2016
Antonio Scurati in 2016
Born (1969-06-25) 25 June 1969 (age 54)
Naples, Italy
  • Novelist
  • essayist
  • journalist
  • academic
Alma materUniversity of Milan
School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences
University of Bergamo
Years active2002–present
Notable worksM: Son of the Century (2018)
Notable awards

Antonio Scurati (born 25 June 1969) is an Italian writer and academic. In 2019, he was awarded the prestigious Strega Prize for his novel M: Son of the Century (2018).

Early life and education[edit]

Scurati was born in Naples to a Neapolitan mother and a father from Cusano Milanino.[1] He graduated with a degree in philosophy from the University of Milan. He continued his studies at the School for Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences in Paris. Scurati later completed a PhD in Theory and Text Analysis at the University of Bergamo. He worked as a professore a contratto at Bergamo, where he coordinated a centre for studying the languages of war and violence. At Bergamo, he also taught the theory and elements of television language. In 2005, he became a researcher in Cinema, Photography, and Television. In 2008, he moved to the IULM University of Milan, where he is currently an associate professor and conducts a creative writing seminar and a seminar in orality and rhetoric.


In 2003, he published the essay Guerra. Narrazioni e culture nella tradizione occidentale, which was a finalist for the Viareggio Prize. His novel Il sopravvissuto (2005) was awarded (in a tie with Pino Roveredo) the 43rd Premio Campiello.[2] The novel was also awarded the Premio Nazionale Letterario Pisa [it] for Fiction.[3] In 2006, a revised edition of Scurati's debut novel, Il rumore sordo della battaglia, was published. In 2006, Scurati published the essay "La letteratura dell'inesperienza. Scrivere romanzi al tempo della televisione": a reflection on media, Dadaism, literature and humanism.

Scurati's writing has appeared in the weekly publication Internazionale [it] and the daily newspaper La Stampa. In 2007, he published the historical novel Una storia romantica. In the same year, Scurati produced a documentary film for the Italian company Fandango. The film, La stagione dell'amore, investigates themes of love in contemporary Italian society, and continues the investigation conducted by director Pier Paolo Pasolini in his film Love Meetings (1965).[4] In 2009, he published Il bambino che sognava la fine del mondo, a novel that mixes reality and fiction and is fierce criticism of mass media and the information economy as a whole.

In 2010, he published Gli anni che non stiamo vivendo. Il tempo della cronaca, a collection of articles on contemporary topics of crime, politics and current affairs. In the same year, he addressed the same topics in the column "Lettere dal nord" within the television program Parla con me [it]. In 2015, he published Il tempo migliore della nostra vita, a biographical novel dedicated to the life of Leone Ginzburg. It was awarded the Viareggio Prize[5] and was a finalist for the Premio Campiello.[2]

On 20 September 2019, the Corriere della Sera announced that Scurati would begin writing a column for the newspaper.[6] His first article, concerning euthanasia, appeared in the newspaper on 28 September 2019.[7]

M tetralogy[edit]

In September 2018, Scurati published the novel M: Son of the Century (M. Il figlio del secolo), the first volume in a series of four books about Benito Mussolini. The tetralogy intends to tell the history of Italy beginning on 23 March 1919, the day the Italian Fasces of Combat was founded, and ending in 1945. The novel concludes with Mussolini's speech to the Chamber of Deputies on 3 January 1925, which officially established Italy as a dictatorship following the political crisis caused by the murder of Giacomo Matteotti. The first edition of the novel contained historical errors which were detailed by Ernesto Galli della Loggia [it] in the Corriere della Sera.[8] Scurati responded to the controversy in a column also published in the Corriere della Sera. In it, he argued that the current era requires "a cooperation between the rigor of historical accurary and the art of the novel".[9] On the night between 4 and 5 July 2019, M. Il figlio del secolo was awarded the prestigious Strega Prize.[10] The novel was a success, selling over 600,000 copies. It is currently being translated for publication in 46 countries and is in production for a television series adaptation.[11] The English translation by Anne Milano Appel was published by Harper on 5 April 2022.[12]

In September 2020, M. L'uomo della provvidenza, the second volume of the quartet was published. It follows the parable of Mussolini from 1925 to 1932, recounting his liberticidal politics and the fierce power struggles and ideological battles of the National Fascist Party. It is framed by the omnipresent figure of Mussolini and his mediocrities and eccentricities. The novel was translated into French in 2021,[13] and was awarded the 2022 European Book Prize.[14]

In September 2022, the third volume of the series was released, M. Gli ultimi giorni dell'Europa, which follows the fateful years from 1938 to 1940 that would lead to Italy's entry into World War II.[15]

The series was initially planned as a trilogy.[16] It is currently projected as a tetralogy.[17] In October 2022, Scurati commented: "At this point it is clear that I will need a fourth and perhaps a fifth to complete the parable".[18]



  • — (2002). Il rumore sordo della battaglia. Collana Scrittori italiani e stranieri. Milan: Mondadori. ISBN 978-88-045-0064-3.
  • — (2005). Il sopravvissuto. Milan: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-4523-385-2.
  • — (2007). Una storia romantica. Collana Narratori italiani. Milan: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-452-5962-3.
  • — (2009). Il bambino che sognava la fine del mondo. Collana Narratori italiani. Milan: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-452-6241-8.
  • — (2011). La seconda mezzanotte. Collana Narratori italiani. Milan: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-4526-775-8.
  • — (2013). Il padre infedele. Collana Narratori italiani. Milan: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-4527-409-1.
  • — (2015). Il tempo migliore della nostra vita. Collana Narratori italiani. Milan: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-4527-913-3.
  • — (2018). M. Il figlio del secolo. Collana Narratori italiani. Milano: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-4529-813-4.
  • — (2020). M. L'uomo della provvidenza. Collana Narratori italiani. Milan-Florence: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-301-0265-1.
  • — (2022). M. Gli ultimi giorni dell'Europa. Collana Narratori italiani. Milan-Florence: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-301-0496-9.


  • — (2003). Guerra. Narrazioni e culture nella tradizione occidentale. Collana Saggi. Rome: Donzelli. ISBN 978-88-7989-776-1.
    • — (2007). Guerra. Narrazioni e culture nella tradizione occidentale (Revised ed.). Rome: Donzelli. ISBN 978-88-603-6188-2.
  • — (2003). Televisioni di guerra. Il conflitto del Golfo come evento mediatico e il paradosso dello spettatore totale. Collana Culture. Verona: Ombre Corte. ISBN 978-88-8700-938-5.
  • — (2006). La letteratura dell'inesperienza. Scrivere romanzi al tempo della televisione. Collana Saggi n.350. Milan: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-4525-743-8.
  • — (2010). Gli anni che non stiamo vivendo. Il tempo della cronaca. Collana Overlook. Milan: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-452-6456-6.
  • — (2012). Letteratura e sopravvivenza. La retorica letteraria di fronte alla violenza. Collana Studi. Milan: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-4527-104-5.
  • — (2016). Dal tragico all'osceno. Raccontare la morte nel XXI secolo. Collana grandi tascabili. Agone. Milan: Bompiani. ISBN 978-88-452-8187-7.


  • Scurati, A.; Scurati, Lorenzo (2010). La stagione dell'amore (DVD with book). Rome: Fandango. ISBN 978-88-604-4170-6.


  1. ^ Scurati, Antonio (28 May 2020). "Nord, Sud, tutti insieme". Corriere della Sera (in Italian).
  2. ^ a b "Premio Campiello, opere premiate nelle precedenti edizioni". (in Italian). Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Albo d'oro". (in Italian). Retrieved 7 November 2019.
  4. ^ Fusco, Maria Pia (25 June 2008). "L'eros da Pasolini al Family Day". la Repubblica (in Italian). Retrieved 14 December 2020.
  5. ^ "Vincitori edizione 2015". (in Italian). Archived from the original on 3 November 2019. Retrieved 3 November 2019.
  6. ^ Casati, Davide (20 September 2019). "Antonio Scurati e Giampaolo Pansa scriveranno per il Corriere della Sera". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  7. ^ Scurati, Antonio (28 September 2019). "Dico sì all'eutanasia: legale, libera e civile. E sono per la vita". Corriere della Sera (in Italian). Retrieved 30 September 2022.
  8. ^ "M di Scurati, Galli Della Loggia conta 8 errori, Cesare Lanza: "Piace a destra..."". (in Italian). 18 October 2018.
  9. ^ "Scurati replica a Galli della Loggia: raccontare è arte, non scienza esatta Lo storico: la verità non va tradita". (in Italian). Retrieved 6 November 2018.
  10. ^ "Premio Strega 2019, vince Antonio Scurati con 228 voti". (in Italian). Retrieved 5 July 2019.
  11. ^ Ravindran, Manori (5 April 2022). "Mussolini's Rise to Power to Be Depicted In Sky Drama Series 'M. Son of The Century'". Variety. Retrieved 25 November 2022.
  12. ^ "M: Son of the Century". HarperCollins. Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  13. ^ "M, l'homme de la providence". Prix du Livre Européen (in French). 26 August 2021. Retrieved 5 December 2021.
  14. ^ Bouhadjera, Hocine (21 November 2022). "Le Prix du livre européen décerné à l'Italien Antonio Scurati". ActuaLitté (in French). Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  15. ^ "M. Gli ultimi giorni dell'Europa". Bompiani (in Italian). Retrieved 5 December 2022.
  16. ^ Johanningsmeier, Emma (8 December 2018). "A New Book About Mussolini Is Provoking a Debate Over His Legacy". The New York Times. Archived from the original on 29 December 2018. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  17. ^ Smith, Wendy (6 April 2022). "An Italian bestseller about Mussolini's rise is a cautionary tale". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 16 December 2022. Retrieved 17 December 2022.
  18. ^ Cumani, Claudio (13 October 2022). "Antonio Scurati a Bologna: "Mussolini e Hitler, inganno fatale"". il Resto del Carlino (in Italian). Retrieved 19 December 2022.

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