Tommaso Pincio

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Tommaso Pincio, Utopiales 2011

Tommaso Pincio is the pseudonym of Marco Colapietro, an Italian author of five novels, including Love-shaped story, the only one translated in English so far.


"Tommaso Pincio" is obviously an Italian rendering of Thomas Pynchon's name but this is not the sole reference for the pseudonym. "Pincio" is a hill in the center of Rome whose name comes from one of the families that occupied it in the 4th century AD, the Pincii. He claimed that he chose "Tommaso Pincio" as pseudonym just because it comes from his fiction (Tommaso Pincio is a minor character of his first novel);[citation needed] also, he claimed that the name "evokes a place (...). I stole its name because I love the sound of it".[1]


Even if he is not as extremely reclusive as his American namesake, very few things are known about Tommaso Pincio as a person. He was born in Rome sometime in the mid-1960s (an interview published in March 2008 describes him as a "forty-year-old Roman novelist")[1] and graduated in Visual Arts. Apparently, he wanted to become a painter but dropped that ambition quite soon. During the 1980s he was an assistant of various artists and while also working as a cartoonist. In 1991, he moved to New York City where he lived for some years. Going back to Italy, he became the director of a very well known and respected contemporary art gallery. He likely started to think about writing novels during his stay in the United States, getting in touch with the works of Thomas Pynchon, Don DeLillo, and Philip K. Dick who influenced him very strongly. His first novel, M., was published in 1999.

At present, Tommaso Pincio is based in Rome and Bangkok. He contributes for the Italian edition of Rolling Stone and several leading newspapers including La Repubblica.


  • Acque Chete, Ascoli Piceno: Mirror Editore 2014
  • Pulp Roma, Milan: Il Saggiatore Editore 2012
  • Hotel a zero stelle, literary memoir, Bari: Laterza Editore 2011
  • Cinacittà, novel, Turin: Giulio Einaudi Editore 2008
  • Gli Alieni: come e perché sono giunti fra noi, historical essay, Rome: Fazi Editore 2006
  • La ragazza che non era lei, novel, Turin: Giulio Einaudi Editore 2005
  • Un amore dell'altro mondo, novel, Turin: Giulio Einaudi Editore 2002 (translated in English as Love-shaped Story by Jonathan Hunt, London (UK): HarperCollins 2004)
  • Lo spazio sfinito, novel, Rome: Fanucci Editore, 2000
  • M., novel, Naples: Cronopio Editore, 1999

Footnotes and references[edit]

  1. ^ a b Serri, Michela (2008-03-15), "Io visionario tra Kafka e i supereroi", La Stampa - Tuttolibri, pp. XI 

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