|Died||25 September 1954 (aged 47)|
Vitaliano Brancati (Italian pronunciation: [vitaˈljaːno braŋˈkaːti]; 24 July 1907 – 25 September 1954) was an Italian novelist, dramatist, poet and screenwriter.
Born in Pachino, Syracuse, Brancati studied in Catania, where he graduated in letters and where he spent the most part of his life. While he started writing at young age and at 25 years old he was already the author of six books, which were largely influenced by fascist ideals and which were later rejected by the same Brancati, critics tend to set the starting point of his career in 1935, when he released the collection of short stories In search of a cause. Brancati got his first and probably major success in 1941, with the novel Don Giovanni in Sicilia, a vibrant and humorous portrait of the Sicilian temperament.
In 1944 he wrote the novel Gli anni perduti ("The Lost Years"), a bold satire of Benito Mussolini's megalomania, and in 1946 Vecchio con gli stivali ("Old Man in Boots"), a satirical short story inspired by the vicissitudes of the Italian fascism which won the Vendemmia Award and which was adapted into a successful film, Difficult Years by Luigi Zampa. In 1950 he won the Bagutta Prize with one another well-known novel, Il bell'Antonio ("The Handsome Antonio").
Novels and short stories
- Don Giovanni in Sicilia (1941), adapted into the film internationally released as Don Juan in Sicily (1967)
- Il bell'Antonio (1949) (Antonio: The Great Lover (1952), Beautiful Antonio (1993), trans. Patrick Creagh); adapted into the film Il bell'Antonio (1960)
- Vecchio con gli stivali (1946), a short story, adapted into the film Anni difficili (Difficult Years) (1948)
- La bella addormentata (Sleeping Beauty) (1942)
- Don Cesare di Bazan (1942)
- Gelosia (Jealousy) (1942)
- Signori, in carrozza! (Rome-Paris-Rome) (1951)
- È più facile che un cammello... (His Last Twelve Hours) (1951)
- Anni facili (Easy Years) (1953)
- L'arte di arrangiarsi (The Art of Getting Along) (1954)
- Paolo il caldo (Hot Paolo) (1955)
- Alberto Rossi (September 26, 1954). "La morte di Vitaliano Brancati". La Stampa (230). p. 3.
- Nino Borsellino (1971). "BRANCATI, Vitaliano". Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani, Volume 13: Borremans–Brancazolo (in Italian). Rome: Istituto dell'Enciclopedia Italiana.
- (in Italian) Sarah Zappulla Muscarà (edited by), Vitaliano Brancati, Catania, Giuseppe Maimone Editore, 1986. ISBN 978-88-7751-003-7.
- (in Italian) Sarah Zappulla Muscarà (edited by), Narratori siciliani del secondo dopoguerra, Catania, Giuseppe Maimone Editore, 1990. ISBN 978-88-7751-031-0.
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