Pierre Lepori

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Pierre Lepori (Lugano, Switzerland, 1968) is a Swiss translator and writer in Italian and French.

He studied in the universities of Siena and Bern (Dr. Degree in drama). Lepori was editor for the Theaterlexikon der Schweiz, and a journalist in Lausanne for the Swiss Radio and for the literacy yearbook Viceversa Letteratura. He has translated works by French writers like Claude Ponti, Monique Laederach and Gustave Roud to Italian. He received the Swiss Schiller Prize for Poetry in 2004. He is founder and editor of the review Hétérographe: revue des homolittératures ou pas (queer literature & critics). Pierre Lepori's novel 'Sexuality' has an unusual publishing history: it was launched simultaneously in three languages: Italian, French and German. The author did his own translation from Italian to French, and the German translator based her version on the two "originals". In addition, there is a trilingual version that switches between all three languages, depending on which character is speaking."Lepori points here to a very interesting connection: that between literary genre and gender as opposing and separate categories to be contaminated and actively connected to each other. The process of creolization and hybridization affects the identity of the writer, the body of the text as well as its position within the traditional territories of literary genres. Literary polyphony questions and abolishes clear cut borders across a whole series of metaphorically interlinked areas" (Rainer Guldin, Flusserstudies, 22, December 2016).

  • Qualunque sia il nome, poems, introduction by Fabio Pusterla, Bellinzona, Casagrande, 2003
  • Engl.: Wathever The Name, poems, translated by Peter Valente, New York City, Spuyten Duyvil, 2017
  • Vento, introduction by Stefano Raimondi, Faloppio, LietoColle Libri, 2004.
  • Grisù, novel, Bellinzona, Casagrande, 2006.
  • Alberto Canetta. La traversata del teatro, essay, Bellinzona, Casagrande, 2007.
  • Il teatro nella Svizzera italiana. La generazione dei fondatori (1932-1987), essay, Bellinzona, Casagrande, 2008.
  • Quel que soit le nom, poems, Lausanne, Editions d'en bas, 2011 (French translation by Mathilde Vischer).
  • Sexualité, novel, Lausanne, Editions d'en bas, 2011 (French).
  • Sessualità, Bellinzona, Edizioni Casagrande, 2011 (Italian).
  • Sexualität, Biel, Verlag die Brotsuppe, 2011 (German translation by Jacqueline Aerne).
  • Sans peau, novel, Lausanne, Editions d'en bas, 2013 (French).
  • Strade bianche, poems, Novara, Interlinea, 2013 (Italian).
  • Come cani, novel, Milano, Edizioni Effigie, 2015 (Italian).
  • Comme un chien, novel, Lausanne, Editions d'en bas, 1015(French).


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