Gianrico Carofiglio

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Gianrico Carofiglio

Gianrico Carofiglio (born 30 May 1961) is a novelist and former anti-Mafia judge in the Italian city of Bari.[1] His debut novel, Involuntary Witness, published in 2002 and translated into English in 2005 by Patrick Creagh, was published by the Bitter Lemon Press and has been adapted as the basis for a popular television series in Italy.[2] The subsequent novels were translated by Howard Curtis and Antony Shugaar.

Carofiglio won the 2005 Premio Bancarella award for his novel "Il passato è una terra straniera".[3] He is also Honorary President of The Edinburgh Gadda Prize which celebrates the work of Carlo Emilio Gadda.


Gianrico Carofiglio worked for many years as a prosecutor specialized in organized crime. He was appointed advisor of the anti-Mafia committee in the Italian parliament in 2007 and served as senator from 2008 to 2013. He was president of the Petruzzelli Theatre in Bari from 2015 to 2016.[4]

Writing career[edit]

Carofiglio débuts in fiction in 2002 with Testimone inconsapevole (Involuntary Witness), the novel that introduces the character of lawyer Guido Guerrieri, who will figure also in Ad occhi chiusi (A Walk in the Dark, 2003, “Best International Noir of the year 2007” in Germany), Ragionevoli dubbi (Reasonable Doubts, 2006), Le perfezioni provvisorie (Temporary Perfections, 2010, Premio Selezione Campiello) and La regola dell’equilibro (A fine line, 2014).

Among Carofiglio’s other fiction and nonfiction works: the novels Il passato è una terra straniera (The Past is a Foreign Country, 2004, Premio Bancarella 2005), which became an internationally acclaimed film directed by Daniele Vicari starring Michele Riondino and Elio Germano in 2008 (Knight Grand Jury Prize and Best Actor at the Miami Film Festival), Né qui né altrove. Una notte a Bari (Neither Here Nor Elsewhere. A Night in Bari, 2008), Il silenzio dell’onda (The Silence of the Wave, 2011, shortlisted at Premio Strega 2012), Il bordo vertiginoso delle cose (The Vertiginous Edge of Things, 2013), Una mutevole verità (A Changing Truth, 2014, Premio Scerbanenco), L’estate fredda (The Cold Summer, 2016).[5]


Guido Guerrieri[edit]

  • Involuntary Witness - 2005 (Testimone Inconsapevole) translated by Patrick Creagh published in English - ISBN 978-1904738-527
  • A Walk in the Dark - 2006 (Ad Occhi Chiusi) translated by Howard Curtis published in English - ISBN 978-1904738-534
  • Reasonable Doubts - 2007 (Ragionevoli Dubbi) translated by Howard Curtis published in English - ISBN 978-1904738-541
  • Temporary Perfections - 2011 (Le Perfezioni Provvisorie) translated by Antony Shugaar published in English - ISBN 978-1904738-725
  • A fine line - 2014, (La regola dell'equilibrio) translated by Howard Curtis published in English - ISBN 978-1908524-614


  • The Past is a Foreign Country - 2004 (Il passato è una terra straniera) published in English in 2007
  • Neither Here Nor Elsewhere. A Night in Bari - 2008 (Né qui né altrove. Una notte a Bari)
  • There is no Wisdom - 2010 (Non Esiste Saggezza)
  • The Setting-free of Words - 2010 (La Manomissione Delle Parole)
  • The Silence of the Wave - 2011 (Il silenzio dell'onda) published in English in 2013 by Bitter Lemon Press - ISBN 978-1908524-232
  • The Vertiginous Edge of Things - 2013 (Il Bordo Vertiginoso delle Cose)
  • A Changing Truth - 2014 (Una mutevole verità)
  • The Cold Summer - 2016 (L’estate fredda)


  1. ^ "He lives alone with his cat". The Telegraph. London. 9 August 2007. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  2. ^ "Chiara Muti e l'avvocato Guerrieri" (in Italian). TGCOM. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  3. ^ "Mafia Buster Carofiglio Talks About Moonlighting as an Author". Bloomberg L.P. 2 August 2005. Retrieved 18 January 2010.
  4. ^ "Gianrico Carofiglio | Rosaria Carpinelli Consulenze Editoriali". (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-03-24.
  5. ^ "Gianrico Carofiglio | Rosaria Carpinelli Consulenze Editoriali". (in Italian). Retrieved 2017-03-24.

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