Giulio Angioni

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Giulio Angioni
Angioni in 2010
Angioni in 2010
Born(1939-10-28)28 October 1939
Guasila, Sardinia
Died12 January 2017(2017-01-12) (aged 77)
Cagliari, Sardinia
OccupationNovelist, essayist
Notable worksLe fiamme di Toledo

Giulio Angioni (28 October 1939 – 12 January 2017) was an Italian writer and anthropologist.


Angioni was a leading Italian anthropologist, professor at the University of Cagliari and fellow of St Antony's College of the University of Oxford. He is the author of about twenty books of fiction and a dozen volumes of essays in anthropology.[1]

In his anthropological essays (especially in Fare, dire, sentire: l’identico e il diverso nelle culture, 2011), Angioni places the variety of forms of the human life in a dimension of maximum amplitude of time and space, starting from the anthropopoietic value of doing, saying, thinking and feeling as interrelated dimensions (although usually separate and hierarchical) of human 'nature', which here is understood as characterized by culture, i. e. the human ability of continuous learning.[2] In particular Angioni criticizes two western clichés: the superiority of speech as a solely human feature, and the separateness of the aesthetic dimension from the rest of life.

Best known as a writer, Angioni is considered along with Sergio Atzeni and Salvatore Mannuzzu, to have been one of the initiators of a so-called Sardinian Literary Spring, the Sardinian narrative of today in the European arena (with the work of authors such as Salvatore Niffoi, Alberto Capitta, Giorgio Todde, Michela Murgia and many others), which followed the works of individual prominent figures such as Grazia Deledda, Emilio Lussu, Giuseppe Dessì, Gavino Ledda, Salvatore Satta.

The best novels of Angioni are considered to be Le fiamme di Toledo (Flames of Toledo), Assandira, Doppio cielo (Double sky), L'oro di Fraus (The gold of Fraus). His poetic works (Tempus in 2008, Oremari in 2011) in Sardinian language and Italian came later in his career.

Literary works[edit]


  • Ethnic Groups, in Journal of the Europeanists: [1]
  • Tre saggi sull'antropologia dell'età coloniale, Flaccovio 1973
  • Sa Laurera: Il lavoro contadino in Sardegna, Edes 1976 e Il Maestrale 2005:[2]
  • Il sapere della mano: saggi di antroplogia del lavoro, Sellerio 1986
  • Pane e formaggio e altre cose di Sardegna, Zonza 2000
  • Fare dire sentire. L'identico e il diverso nelle culture, Il Maestrale 2011
  • Doing, thinking, saying, in Nature knowledge, Berghahn Books 2004
  • On Agro-Pastoral Space in Sardinia, in Fabietti & Salzman (eds.), The Anthropology of Tribal and Peasant Pastoral Societies. Social Cohesion and Fragmentation, 343–350, Como-Pavia, Ibis 1996.


  • Tempus (CUEC 2008, 2012 audiobook, unabridged, by Giulio Angioni)
  • Il dito alzato (Sellerio 2012)
  • Oremari (Il Maestrale 2013)


  • Abate et al., Cartas de logu: scrittori sardi allo specchio, CUEC 2007.
  • A. M. Amendola, L'isola che sorprende. La narrativa sarda in italiano (1974–2006), Cagliari, CUEC 200, 160–179.
  • Vinigi L. Grottanelli, Ethnology and/or cultural anthropology in Italy: traditions and development, in "Current Anthropology", XVIII (1977), 593–614.
  • E. Hall, Greek tragedy and the politics of subjectivity in recent fiction, "Classical Receptions Journal", 1 (1), 23–42, Oxford University Press, 2009.
  • C. Lavinio, Narrare un'isola. Lingua e stile di scrittori sardi, Roma, Bulzoni, 1991, 151–171.
  • F. Manai, Cosa succede a Fraus? Sardegna e mondo nel racconto di Giulio Angioni, Cagliari, CUEC, 2006.
  • M. Marras, Ecrivains insulaires et auto-représentation, "Europaea", VI, 1–2 (2000), 17–77.
  • A. Ottavi, Les romanciers italiens contemporains, Paris, Hachette, 1992, 142–145.
  • L. Schröder, Sardinienbilder. Kontinuitäten und Innovationen in der sardischen Literatur und Publizistik der Nachkriegszeit, Bern, Peter Lang, 2000.
  • B. Wagner, Sardinien, Insel im Dialog. Texte, Diskurse, Filme, Tübingen, Francke Verlag 2008.
  • F. Bachis, A. M. Pusceddu (eds), Cose da prendere sul serio. Le antropologie di Giulio Angioni, Nuoro, Il Maestrale, 2015.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Francesco Bachis and Antonio Maria Pusceddu, Promemoria bibliografico delle opere di Giulio Angioni, in F. Bachis, A.M. Pusceddu (eds), Cose da prendere sul serio. Le antropologie di Giulio Angioni, Il Maestrale, Nuoro: 365-383. ISBN 978-88-6429-160-4.
  2. ^ Francesco Bachis, Antonio Maria Pusceddu (2015). Cose da prendere sul serio. Le antropologie di Giulio Angioni. Nuoro: Il Maestrale. ISBN 978-88-6429-160-4.

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