Lalla Romano

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Lalla Romano
Lalla Romano.jpg
Born (1906-11-11)November 11, 1906
Died June 26, 2001(2001-06-26) (aged 94)
Language Italian
Nationality Italian
Genre novelist, poet, and journalist

Lalla Romano (11 November 1906 in Demonte – 26 June 2001 in Milan) was an Italian novelist, poet, and journalist.

Life and work[edit]

She came from a noteworthy Piedmontese family, Giuseppe Peano was her great-uncle, and originally had an interest in painting. She continued to paint, gaining some attention with painting, throughout her life. She attended the University of Turin where Cesare Pavese led her to an increased interest in writing. She graduated with a degree in literature than worked as a librarian and teacher. During World War II she joined with the Resistance. After the war she became noted for writings that drew on personal and family experiences.[1]


In 2009, there was a retrospective at Aosta.[2]

Partial bibliography[edit]


  • Le metamorfosi, Turin, 1951;
  • Maria, Turin, 1953;
  • Tetto murato, Turin, 1957;
  • Diario di Grecia, Padova, 1960;
  • L'uomo che parlava solo, Turin, 1961;
  • La penombra che abbiamo attraversato, Turin, 1964;
  • Le parole tra noi leggere, Turin, 1969; won the Strega Prize
  • L'ospite, Turin, 1973 ;
  • Una giovinezza inventata, Turin, 1979;
  • Inseparabile, Turin, 1981;
  • Nei mari estremi, Turin, 1987;
  • Un sogno del Nord, Turin,1989.


  • Fiore, Turin, 1941;
  • L'autunno, Milan, 1955;
  • Giovane è il tempo, Turin, 1974.