Pietro Citati

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Pietro Citati (born 1930, Florence) is a famous Italian writer[1] and literary critic.

He has written critical biographies of Goethe, Alexander the Great, Kafka and Marcel Proust as well as a short memoir on his thirty-year friendship with Italo Calvino.

In Kafka, Pietro Citati has the great writer declare: "'I am like you, I am a man like you, I suffer and rejoice as you do, like a meticulous and buoyant angel, a being who lives far away in a world that did not belong even to him."

From 1973 to 1988, he contributed to the cultural section of Corriere della Sera and has been the literary critic for la Repubblica between 1988 and 2011, before returning to write for Corriere della Sera.


  • Goethe Dial Press (1974)
  • Alexander the Great 1974
  • Tolstoy Schocken (1986)
  • Kafka, Milano, Rizzoli, 1987
  • La colomba pugnalata 1995
  • La mente colorata 2002
  • La morte della farfalla 2006


Dans la peau d'Italo Calvino (2012), documentary by Damian Pettigrew with Pietro Citati and Neri Marcorè in the role of Italo Calvino


  1. ^ Alfieri, Maria Chiara (27 March 2011). ""Leopardi" di Pietro Citati". NonSoloCinema (in Italian). Retrieved 19 June 2011. 

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