Guido Mina di Sospiro

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Guido Mina di Sospiro
Guido Mina di Sospiro 2015.jpg
BornBuenos Aires, Argentina
OccupationNovelist, nonfiction writer, essayist
Alma materUniversity of Pavia
University of Southern California
GenreThriller, narrative nonfiction, memoirs, nonfiction

Guido Mina di Sospiro is a novelist, essayist, and author of narrative nonfiction.

Early life and education[edit]

Guido Mina di Sospiro was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, into an ancient Italian family,[1] which relocated to Italy three months after his birth. He was raised in Milan, and has been living in the United States since the 1980s, currently near Washington, D.C..

He was educated at the University of Pavia, and later at the USC School of Cinema-Television, now known as USC School of Cinematic Arts, at The University of Southern California.

Writing career[edit]

Mina di Sospiro began as a music critic, by writing for Ritmo, Italy's oldest jazz periodical (1945), and then, as a correspondent from Los Angeles, for the music and cinema magazines Tutti Frutti and Elaste,[2] respectively Italian and German.

The Story of Yew[edit]

Mina di Sospiro's novel The Story of Yew, the memoirs of a two-thousand-year-old female yew tree,[3][4] was inspired by the yew that grows in the cloister of Muckross Abbey, near Killarney, in Ireland. Botanist and dendrologist Alan Mitchell opined that "As a blend of science and imaginative fiction, this is a remarkable book, far removed from 'science-fiction' as normally understood. It deals with the real world in an inventive way without putting a foot wrong.[5]

The book has been translated into many languages, as has From the River,[6][7] the memoirs of a mighty river.

The Forbidden Book[edit]

Mina di Sospiro has co-authored The Forbidden Book[8] [9][10][11][12] with Joscelyn Godwin, the noted scholar of western esoteric tradition. The novel deals with the incendiary reality of radical Islamic terrorism, with an attack first on Italian and then on Spanish soil, while trying to analyze, and then put to use by harnessing its alleged powers, a real book of 1603, written by Cesare Della Riviera, entitled Il Mondo magico de gli heroi (The Magical World of the Heroes). It is a very mysterious treatise of alchemy that supposedly teaches how to attain the Tree of Life and make a man into a god. In the novel, the Riviera family possesses a secret, annotated edition that gives specific instructions on magical techniques and sexual alchemy.

The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong[edit]

On his own, the author has recently publishedThe Metaphysics of Ping-Pong, of which Publishers Weekly states that it "can constitute a perfect introduction to the vast history of humankind's quest for philosophical clarity".[13][14][15][16][17][18]

Leeward and Windward[edit]

A romance of the high seas that toys with the tropes of conventional fiction as a pretext for a daring alchemical exploration of the coniunctio oppositorum. Philosopher Maurizio Ferraris has likened it to Voltaire's Candide.[19] In its Italian edition as Sottovento e sopravvento the novel has garnered rave reviews.[20][21][22][23][24][25][26][27][28][29][30]


He contributes to the web magazine Reality Sandwich,[31] to the alternative views website Disinformation,[32] to the monthly political/cultural magazine New English Review,[33] to New Dawn Magazine, to the independent Italian online newspaper Linkiesta[34] and to the "adventurous" literary web magazine Pangea.


His books have been translated into Bulgarian, Danish, Dutch, French, Greek, Italian, Korean, Polish, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Thai and Turkish.


  1. ^ "The Irish Times"
  2. ^ "Elaste"
  3. ^ "A Tale Told by a Tree"
  4. ^ "The Story of Yew"
  5. ^ "Original Endorsements"
  6. ^ "Memoirs of a River"
  7. ^ "Da Cremona a Miami Per raccontare il Po sono diventato fiume"
  8. ^ "The Forbidden Book, a review by Robert M. Schoch, Ph.D. in New Dawn 133"
  9. ^ "The Politics of Initiation — A Review of The Forbidden Book"
  10. ^ "The Forbidden Book: Sex, Death, Love, Religion, Politics, Magic, and all that"
  11. ^ "An Interview with Guido Mina di Sospiro"
  12. ^ "Review by Jay Kinney"
  13. ^ "The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong: Review from The Times" Archived 2013-11-11 at the Wayback Machine
  14. ^ "The Metaphysics of Ping Pong - A Review"
  15. ^ "Staff Pick: The Metaphysics of Ping-Pong"
  16. ^ "Starred Review: The Metaphysics of Ping Pong: Table Tennis as a Journey of Self-Discovery"
  17. ^ "Entrevista en El Mundo"
  18. ^ "Cānkǎo Xiāoxī"
  19. ^ [1]
  20. ^ "L’avventura alchemica firmata da Guido Mina di Sospiro"
  21. ^ "Un viaggio filosofico verso un'isola di conoscenza"
  22. ^ "Metafisica del viaggio"
  23. ^ "Il poliedrico e multiforme teatro della vita: un romanzo di mari, amori e misteri".
  24. ^ "Recensione di Sottovento e sopravvento di Guido Mina di Sospiro"
  25. ^ "Il caos creativo di Guido Mina di Sospiro"
  26. ^ "Sottovento e sopravvento"
  27. ^ "Sottovento e sopravvento tra erotismo e narrativa l’ultimo romanzo di Mina di Sospiro"
  28. ^ "Sottovento e sopravvento, un divertimento mascherato da romanzo"
  29. ^ "Mina di Sospiro: scrivo dall’altra parte del mondo, contro Aristotele"
  30. ^ "Il nuovo giallo di Guccini? Sembra un porno-fantasy. Meglio le Negrillos, le isole scomparse di Guido Mina di Sospiro"
  31. ^ Reality Sandwich
  32. ^ Disinformation
  33. ^ New English Review
  34. ^ Linkiesta

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