Giuseppe Dessì

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Giuseppe Dessì (7 August 1909 – 6 July 1977) was an Italian novelist, short-story writer and playwright from Sardinia. His novel Paese d'ombre won the 1972 Strega Prize and was translated into English as The Forests of Norbio.[1]

Dessì grew up in Villacidro in Sardinia but later moved to Rome.[2]


  • Il disertore, Milano: Feltrinelli, 1961. Translated by Virginia Hathaway Moriconi as The deserter, 1962.
  • Paese d'ombre: Romanzo, Milan: A. Mondadori, 1972. Translated by Frances Frenaye as The forests of Norbio, New York : Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1975.


  1. ^ Roy P. Domenico (2002). The regions of Italy: a reference guide to history and culture. Greenwood Publishing Group. p. 260. ISBN 978-0-313-30733-1. Retrieved 18 April 2013.
  2. ^ Damien Simonis (2003). Sardinia: The Elusive Gem of the Mediterranean. Lonely Planet. p. 28. ISBN 978-1-74059-033-4. Retrieved 18 April 2013.

Further reading[edit]

  • John C. Barnes, 'Giuseppe Dessì (1909-1977): A bibliography', Bulletin of the Society for Italian Studies, 15 (1982), pp. 26–36.