Domenico Starnone (born 1943) is an Italian writer, screenwriter and journalist.
Born in Saviano, near Naples, he has worked for several newspapers and satirical magazines, including L'Unità, Il Manifesto, Tango, and Cuore, usually about episodes of his life as a high school teacher. He also works as screenwriter.
One of his fictional books is Via Gemito, which won the Premio Strega in 2001. It was suggested in 2006 that the mysterious writer Elena Ferrante, author of L'amore molesto and I giorni dell'abbandono, is Starnone himself.
- Ex cattedra (1988)
- Il salto con le aste (1989)
- Segni d'oro (1990)
- Fuori registro (1991)
- Sottobanco (1992)
- Eccesso di zelo (1993)
- Appunti sulla maleducazione di un insegnante volenteroso (1995)
- Denti (1996)
- La retta via (1997)
- Via Gemito (2000)
- Prima esecuzione (2007)
- Lacci (Ties, 2014)
- First Execution, translated by Antony Shugaar (2009) ISBN 9781933372662
- Ties, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri (2017) ISBN 9781609453855
- Trick, translated by Jhumpa Lahiri (2018) ISBN 9781609454449
- Galella, Luigi (November 23, 2006). "Ferrante è Starnone. Parola di computer". L'Unità. The author points out marked similarities in style between the two writers, also supported by computer analysis.
- Rachael Donadio (March 9, 2017). "Domenico Starnone's New Novel Is Also a Piece in the Elena Ferrante Puzzle". The New York Times. Retrieved September 10, 2017.