Alberto Denti di Pirajno

Alberto Denti di Pirajno (7 March 1886 – 15 January 1968) was an Italian writer, medical doctor, and gastronome. He is now best known for his 1955 book, A Cure for Serpents.


Alberto Denti, Duke of Pirajno,[1] was born in La Spezia in 1886. He was educated at the University of Florence and spent almost twenty years (1924–1942) as the personal physician of the Duke of Aosta.[2] He was the governor of Tripoli, the capital of Libya, from 1941 until 1943, when he surrendered the city to British forces. His first novel, Ippolita, was awarded the "Orio Vergani" prize.[3]

Alberto Denti died in Rome in 1968.


  • A Cure for Serpents (1955).
  • A Grave for a Dolphin (1956).
  • Ippolita (1961).
  • The Love Song of Mara Lumera (1964).


  1. ^ Timmis, Christopher (2008). "A Cure for Serpents," BMJ, Vol. 336, p. 161.
  2. ^ Healey, Robin (1998). Twentieth-century Italian Literature in English Translation: An Annotated Bibliography 1929–1997. University of Toronto Press, p. 76.
  3. ^ Healey (1998), p. 117.

External linksEdit