Massimo Carlotto

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Massimo Carlotto
Massimo Carlotto in Trento 2009 01.jpg
Born(1957-06-22)22 June 1957
Padua, Italy
OccupationNovelist
NationalityItalian
Period1995–current
GenreCrime fiction, noir, hardboiled, thriller
Literary movementNew Italian Epic
Website
massimocarlotto.it

Massimo Carlotto (born 22 July 1957) is an Italian writer and playwright.

Biography[edit]

The "Carlotto case"[edit]

Carlotto was at the center of one of the most controversial legal cases in Italian contemporary history.[1]

In 1976, a 25-year-old student, Margherita Magello, was found dead at his home, killed by 59 stab wounds.[1]

Massimo Carlotto, a 19-year-old student activist with "The Fight Goes On" (Lotta Continua) happened upon the victim, bleeding and dying. Instead of notifying the police, he panicked and fled. He was soon arrested and charged with homicide. He never wavered in maintaining his innocence.[1]

In the first trial, he was acquitted for lack of evidence by the Criminal Court of Padua but was then sentenced upon appeal to 18 years imprisonment by the Court Call the Venice. This sentence was confirmed by the Supreme Court in 1982.[1] He became a fugitive, first in France and then in Mexico, where he was captured after three years on the run and extradited to Italy.[1] A large popular movement took up Carlotto's cause; in addition, a number of prominent figures signed a petition on his behalf Ettore Gallo, Jorge Amado, Nilde Iotti, Norberto Bobbio, Giandomenico Pisapia and Ferdinando Imposimato.

In 1989 the Supreme Court ordered retrial, sending the case back to the Court of Appeal of Venice to establish whether Carlotto should be acquitted in accordance with the old or the new penal code. In 1990, the question of constitutional legitimacy was raised. In 1991, the Italian Constitutional Court rendered its decision, but the President of Court's retirement meant yet another trial was necessary, during which Carlotto (suffering by a serious metabolic disease) was sentenced to 16 years in prison. This new conviction violated, Carlotto's lawyers argued, the principle of double jeopardy/ne bis in idem.[1]

Public opinion was on Carlotto's side and in 1993 the Italian President, Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, granted him a pardon.[1]

Writer[edit]

Massimo Carlotto begins literary activity, particularly writing novels noir genre, with Il fuggiasco ("The Fugitive", 1995), fictionalized autobiography about his time on the run. The book was made into a film in 2003, directed by Andrea Manni, with Daniele Liotti as Carlotto.

His most famous character is the Alligator, alias Marco Buratti, an original private detective.

In 1998 he published Le irregolari, and the autobiographical novel of inquiry in which is told the Argentine civil war and repression of the seventies, during the so-called dirty war; knows and interview the founder of the Abuelas de Plaza de Mayo, Estela Carlotto, who out to be her relative and seeking news of her daughter and newborn grandson, desaparecidos.

In 2001 he released Arrivederci, amore ciao (which was adapted into the movie The Goodbye Kiss by Michele Soavi, 2005).

In 2004 he published L'oscura immensità della morte ("Death's Dark Abyss"), a particularly dark and nihilistic noir centered on the theme of revenge.

His books have been translated in France, United Kingdom, Germany, Spain, Greece, Netherlands, Czech Republic and United States.

Awards[edit]

Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • Il confronto, in Tecla Dozio (a cura di), Delitti sotto l'albero. Todaro editore, 1999. ISBN 978-88-86981-26-2.
  • Champagne per due, in Tecla Dozio (a cura di), Capodanno nero. Todaro editore, 2000. ISBN 978-88-86981-34-7.
  • Il viaggio di Stefano, in Tutta un'altra vita. Roma, Minimum Fax, 2001. ISBN 88-87765-47-2.
  • Malavita albanese in Laura Lepri (a cura di), Albania, questa sconosciuta. In viaggio con il Premio Grinzane Cavour. Editori Riuniti, 2002.
  • Carlo Marx e l'impresario, in Nel Grembo del mondo, Ed. Angolo Manzoni, 2003. ISBN 978-88-88838-05-2.
  • Sassi, bottiglie e candelotti, in Paola Staccioli (a cura di), Piazza bella piazza, allegato a L'Unità. Roma, Associazione Walter Rossi, 2005. Template:NoISBN
  • Gaia, in Laurent Lombard (a cura di), À table!. Métailié, 2004.
  • San Basilio, 8 settembre 1974, in Paola Staccioli (a cura di), In ordine pubblico. Roma, Associazione Walter Rossi, 2005. Template:NoISBN
  • Morte di un confidente, in Crimini, Einaudi, 2005. ISBN 978-88-06-18818-4.
  • Il piccolo patriota padovano, in Giosuè Calaciura et al, Ricuore. Nuoro, Edizioni Il Maestrale, 2005. ISBN 88-86109-88-1.
  • Il traghetto in Le finestre sul cortile. Frammenti d'Italia in 49 racconti. Quiritta, 2005. ISBN 978-88-8403-028-3.
  • Sangue che va sangue che viene, in Marco Bariletti et al, Lama e trama Vol. 3. Bologna, Editrice Zona, 2006. ISBN 88-89702-30-3.
  • Storia di Gabriella vedova di mala, in Serge Quadruppani (a cura di), 14 colpi al cuore. Racconti inediti dei migliori giallisti italiani. Milano, Mondadori, 2002 . Collana: Il Giallo Mondadori, n. 2789.
  • Cuori rossi, in (a cura di) Marco Vichi. Città in nero, 1 ed. Parma, Ugo Guanda, 2006. ISBN 88-8246-939-5.
  • Jasmine in Francesco Abate e Massimo Carlotto. Catfish. Reggio Emilia, Aliberti editore, 2006. ISBN 88-7424-124-0.
  • Nessun dubbio: omicidio-suicidio, in Mauro Zola (a cura di), Ti amo, ti ammazzo. Storie vere di amanti e assassini, Cairo Editore, 2007
  • Little dream, in Giancarlo De Cataldo (a cura di) Crimini italiani. Torino, Einaudi, 2008. ISBN 978-88-06-19002-6.
  • Cortonese station, in Nero perugino. Perugia, Futura soc. coop., 2008 (edizione fuori commercio).
  • A Carlo Giuliani, per il nostro domani, in Paola Staccioli (a cura di), Per sempre ragazzo. Racconti e poesie a dieci anni dall'uccisione di Carlo Giuliani, Marco Tropea editore, 2011

Essays[edit]

  • Come un rito collettivo in Almanacco Guanda a cura di Ranieri Polese. Parma, Guanda, 2005.
  • Patotas in Nessuna Pietà a cura di Luca Scarlini. Adriano Salani editore, Milano 2009

Graphic novels[edit]

Literature for young people[edit]

  • Il giorno in cui Gabriel scoprì di chiamarsi Miguel Angel, 2001
  • Jimmy della Collina, 2002
  • with Tinin Mantegazza, Il mistero dei bisonti scomparsi, 2010

English editions[edit]

  • The Goodbye Kiss, English translation by Lawrence Venuti, 2006
  • The Fugitive, English translation by Anthony Shugaar, 2007
  • Death’s Dark Abyss, English translation by Lawrence Venuti, 2007
  • Poisonville, English translation by Lawrence Venuti, 2009
  • At the End of a Dull Day, English translation by Anthony Shugaar, 2013
  • Alligator Series:
    • The Colombian Mule, English translation by Christopher Woodall, 2001
    • The Master of Knots, English translation by Christopher Woodall, 2002
    • Bandit Love, English translation by Anthony Shugaar, 2010
    • Gang of Lovers, English translation by Anthony Shugaar, 2015
    • For All the Gold in the World, English translation by Anthony Shugaar, 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g (in Italian) The Carlotto case

External links[edit]