Melania Mazzucco

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Melania Gaia Mazzucco

Melania Gaia Mazzucco (born 6 October 1966)[1] is an Italian author.

Education and career[edit]

She graduated from the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia in 1990 and the Sapienza University of Rome with a degree in History of Modern and Contemporary Literature in 1992.[1]

Mazzucco wrote several screenplays in the 1990s before publishing her first novel, Il bacio della Medusa in 1996.[1]

Her 2003 novel, Vita was awarded the Strega Prize.[2] The novel tells the story of two children from a rural Italian village, Diamante aged twelve and Vita aged nine, who emigrate to New York. It was translated into English by Virginia Jewiss.[3]

A film adaptation of Mazzucco's 2005 novel, Un giorno perfetto was released in 2008. It was directed by Ferzan Özpetek[4] and was entered in the 65th Venice International Film Festival.[5]

In 2008, Mazzucco published the first of two volumes on the Renaissance painter, Tintoretto, called La lunga attesa dell’angelo which won a Bagutta Prize. The second volume, Jacomo Tintoretto e i suoi figli: storia di una famiglia veneziana, was published in 2009.[1]


  • Il bacio della Medusa (1996) ISBN 8880890921
  • La camera di Baltus (1998) ISBN 8880893351
  • Lei così amata (2000) ISBN 8817863114
  • Vita (2003) ISBN 8817871621
  • Un giorno perfetto (2005) ISBN 8817007277
  • La lunga attesa dell’angelo (2008) ISBN 8817025852
  • Jacomo Tintoretto e i suoi figli: storia di una famiglia veneziana (2009) ISBN 8817030384
  • Limbo (2012) ISBN 8806209388
  • Il bassotto e la Regina (2012) ISBN 8806214462
  • Sei come sei (2013) ISBN 8806209469
  • Io sono con te: Storia di Brigitte (2016) ISBN 8806232533


  1. ^ a b c d "Melania Mazzucco". The Institute of Modern Languages Research. 22 March 2017. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  2. ^ "Melania G. Mazzucco". US Macmillan. Retrieved 24 February 2019.
  3. ^ "Vita". The New Yorker. 17 October 2005. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  4. ^ "Un giorno perfetto". The National Library of Australia (in Italian). [Rome] : 01 Distribution. 2009. Retrieved 25 February 2019.
  5. ^ Morris, Roderick Conway (26 August 2008). "Venice International Film Festival Will Open with a Coen Brothers Premiere". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 February 2019.