Alberto Arbasino

Nino Alberto Arbasino (22 January 1930 – 22 March 2020) was an Italian writer, essayist, and politician.

Nino Alberto Arbasino
Arbasino in 1976 Member of the Chamber of Deputies In office 12 July 1983 – 1 July 1987 Personal details Political party Italian Republican Party
Arbasino in 1976
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
12 July 1983 – 1 July 1987
Personal details
Political partyItalian Republican Party
Born(1930-01-22)22 January 1930
Voghera, Lombardy, Italy
Died23 March 2020(2020-03-23) (aged 90)
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
OccupationWriter, essayist
LanguageItalian
Alma materUniversity of Milan
Harvard University
University of Pavia
Literary movementNeoavanguardia
Notable worksSuper Elagabalus

BiographyEdit

Arbasino was born in Voghera, southwestern Lombardy. He studied at the University of Milan where he graduated in law. Later he worked as journalist for magazines such as Il Mondo and the newspaper La Repubblica. From 1983 to 1987, he was deputy in the Italian Parliament for the Italian Republican Party.

His work includes novels and essays. Arbasino was a member of the Gruppo 63.

He described himself as an expressionist writer and considered his novel Super Eliogabalo ("Super Elagabalus", 1969) as his most surreal and most expressionist book.[1] He edited and rewrote his various works, which were reprinted in updated versions.[2]

In the 1970s he was the host of the TV debate show Match. In December 1977 it hosted a famous debate between directors Mario Monicelli and (the emerging) Nanni Moretti. Moretti said that Monicelli's An Average Little Man was a reactionary film.[3][4]

In 2004 he won the Premio Chiara for his career.

Arbasino died on 22 March 2020, at the age of 90, after a long illness.[5]

WorksEdit

  • Le piccole vacanze, Einaudi, 1957 (first edition)
  • Le piccole vacanze, Einaudi, 1971, (ISBN 88-06-31658-3) (second edition)
  • Le piccole vacanze, Adelphi, 2007, (ISBN 978-88-459-2182-7) (third edition)
  • L'Anonimo lombardo, 1959, Einaudi (ISBN 88-06-37002-2)
  • Fratelli d'Italia, 1963, 1967, 1976, Einaudi (ISBN 88-06-25106-6)
  • Certi romanzi, 1964
  • Super Eliogabalo, 1969, 1978, Einaudi (ISBN 88-06-10603-1)
  • Certi romanzi – La Belle Epoque per le scuole, 1977, Einaudi (ISBN 88-06-09563-3)
  • La narcisata, 1975, Einaudi (ISBN 88-06-42234-0)
  • Il principe costante, 2 ed., 1972, Einaudi (ISBN 88-06-34892-2)
  • La bella di Lodi, 1972, Einaudi (ISBN 88-06-33183-3)
  • In questo Stato, 1978, Garzanti Libri (ISBN 88-11-73946-2)
  • Un paese senza, 1980, Garzanti Libri
  • Trans – Pacific Express, 1981, Garzanti Libri (ISBN 88-11-59908-3)
  • Matine, 1983, Garzanti Libri (ISBN 88-11-59907-5)
  • Il meraviglioso, anzi, 1985, Garzanti Libri (ISBN 88-11-59921-0)
  • La caduta dei tiranni, 1990, Sellerio di Giorgianni (ISBN 88-389-0642-4)
  • Un paese senza, 2 ed., 1990, Garzanti Libri (ISBN 88-11-67405-0)
  • Fratelli d'Italia, réédition de 1993, Adelphi (ISBN 88-459-1000-8)
  • Mekong, 1994, Adelphi (ISBN 88-459-1081-4)
  • Specchio delle mie brame, 1995, Adelphi (ISBN 88-459-1127-6)
  • Parigi o cara, 2 ed., 1996, Adelphi (ISBN 88-459-1177-2)
  • Lettere da Londra, 1997, Adelphi (ISBN 88-459-1278-7)
  • Passeggiando tra i draghi addormentati, 1997, Adelphi
  • Paesaggi italiani con zombi, 1998, Adelphi (ISBN 88-459-1404-6)
  • Le muse a Los Angeles, 2000, Adelphi
  • Rap!, 2001, Feltrinelli
  • Dall'Ellade a Bisanzio, 2006, Adelphi
  • La Vita bassa, 2009, Adelphi

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ (in Italian) "Alberto Arbasino, Conversazione Con Gabriele Pedullà" marcosymarcos.com Retrieved 19 June 2009
  2. ^ (in Italian) "Alberto Arbasino, L'anonimo lombardo" italialibri.net Retrieved 19 June 2009
  3. ^ Match Monicelli-Moretti on YouTube
  4. ^ Moretti contro Monicelli. su Raitre " vecchia " polemica, in Corriere della Sera, 6 June 1994, p.28
  5. ^ "Morto Alberto Arbasino, ha raccontato l'Italia". La Repubblica. 23 March 2020. Retrieved 23 March 2020.

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit

  • Files about his parliamentary activities (in Italian): IX legislature.