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Susanna Tamaro was born in a middle class family. Her mother is related to Italo Svevo. In 1976, Tamaro obtained a diploma with teacher, and she received a scholarship to study at the Centro Sperimentale di Cinematografia, an Italian school of cinema. She obtained a diploma in direction.
In 1978, she wrote a first stories and in 1981 she wrote a first novel: Illmitz, declined by editors and now unpublished.
In 1989, her novel La testa fra le nuvole (Head in Clouds) was published by Marsilio Editor. She fell ill with asthmatic bronchitis and she was forced to move from Rome to Orvieto, in Umbria. Her successful second novel Per voce sola (Just For One Voice) (1991) won the International PEN price and was translated into several languages. In 1991, she wrote a first novel for children Cuore di ciccia.
In 1994, she wrote Va' dove ti porta il cuore (in English Follow your Heart). The book was an international bestseller and it became the "Italian book most sold in the 20th century". The plot of Follow Your Heart is very simple: Olga, an elderly woman, decides to write a long letter to her granddaughter in America. Olga reflects on her life and reveals to granddaughter their family's secrets. This novel was translated into more than 35 languages. In 1996, the Italian director, Cristina Comencini, made a film based on the novel. In 2006, she wrote Ascolta la mia voce (Listen to my voice), a sequel of Follow your Heart. This novel was sold in twelve countries.
In 1998, September 23, her father died in Rome. The media wrote Tamaro's father was killed, but the news was wrong. Tamaro's father died from hemorrhage.
In 2001 she wrote Raccontami, in 2002 Più fuoco, più vento, in 2003 Fuori. In this novel, Tamaro revealed her position as pro-life, euthanasia and scientific research on embryos. She is largely sympathetic to the position taken by the Catholic Church on these topics.
In 2008, she published Luisito- A Love Story.
Awards and honors
- Prize Italo Calvino for "La testa fra le nuvole" (1989)
- Prize Elsa Morante for La testa fra le nuvole (1990)
- International PEN for "Per voce sola" (1991)
- Prize Rapallo Carige for women writers for "Per voce sola" (1992)
- Prize Cento for Il cerchio magico (1995)
- Honorary Golden Dante of A.L. "Bocconi d'Inchiostro" - Bocconi University for her outstanding career (2013)
- La testa tra le nuvole (1989) Elsa Morante prize.
- Per voce sola (1991) International PEN prize.
- Cuore di ciccia (1992)
- Il cerchio magico (1994)
- Follow your Heart (1994)
- Anima Mundi (1997)
- Cara Mathilda. Lettere a un'amica (1997)
- Tobia e l'angelo (1998)
- Verso casa (1999)
- Papirofobia (2000)
- Rispondimi (2001)
- Più fuoco più vento (2002)
- Fuori (2003)
- Ogni parola è un seme (2005)
- Ascolta la mia voce (2007)
- Luisito - Una storia d'amore (2008)
- Il grande albero (2009)
- Per sempre, (2011)
- L' isola che c'è. Il nostro tempo, l'Italia, i nostri figli(2011).
- Ogni angelo è tremendo,(2013)
- Via Crucis. Meditazioni e preghiere, (2013)(E-book)
- Un'infanzia: adattamento teatrale di Adriano Evangelisti, (2013)(E-book)
- Sulle orme di San Francesco, (2014)(E-book)
- Illmitz, (2014)
- Salta Bart!, (2014)
- Un cuore pensante, (2015)
- Nel mio amore, (2005)