Loriano Macchiavelli

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Loriano Macchiavelli (born March 12, 1934) is an Italian mystery writer and playwright.

Portrait of Macchiavelli in 2008

Macchiavelli was born in Vergato, near Bologna. He worked also a theatre impresario, actor and playwright.

As a writer, his most famous character is Sarti Antonio[1] (surname written first), a Bolognese police detective, characterized by a strong morality but mediocre investigative capabilities; in his tales he is often helped by the sharper mind of Rosas, a smart university student. Sarti's stories have been turned into a television series in 1991, followed by an Italian-German co-production of six films, broadcast in April and May 1994. He was also the protagonist of a comics series published in the Italian magazine Orient Express.

More recently, Macchiavelli has written a series of detective novels in collaboration with singer-songwriter Francesco Guccini having a Carabinieri maresciallo, Benedetto Santovito, as the protagonist.

Machiavelli's books have been published in France, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Soviet Union, Japan, Romania and other countries.


  1. ^ Marrone, Gaetana; Puppa, Paolo; Somigli, Luca (2007). Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies. CRC Press. pp. 632–633. ISBN 978-1-57958-390-3. Retrieved 23 April 2011.