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Michela Murgia (born 3 June 1972) is an Italian novelist and politician. She is a winner of the Premio Campiello and the Mondello International Literary Prize.

Michela Murgia
BornMichela Murgia
(1972-07-03) 3 July 1972 (age 47)
Cabras, Italy
OccupationNovelist, Politician
Notable worksAccabadora
Notable awardsPremio Campiello


Michela Murgia was born in Cabras, Sardinia on 3 June 1972. At the age of 18, she was taken in by her adoptive family as a fillus de anima, a soul-child, a traditional Sardinian adoption. In contrast to the usual age of between 10 and 14 years, Murgia's adoption was delayed because of her natural father's opposition.[1]

Murgia attended the Lorenzo Mossa Oristano institute for technical studies, and then joined the Institute of Religious Studies of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Oristano to study theology.

Murgia taught religious studies at middle and grammar schools in Oristano for six years.[2]



Michela Murgia's first work, Il mondo deve sapere, was published in 2006. This was a satire on the telemarketing call centre, highlighting the economic exploitation and psychological manipulation of its workers. The book was dramatised for the stage by David Emmer and starred Teresa Saponangelo. It was also filmed by Paolo Virzì, and released in 2008 as Tutta la vita davanti.[1]

In 2008, Murgia wrote a travel book on her native Sardinia, Viaggio in Sardegna.

Murgia's 2009 novel, Accabadora, gained several awards including the Mondello International Literary Prize and the Molinello Award for First Fiction.[3]

L'incontro, a novella, appeared in 2012.

In 2013, Murgia co-authored a book titled L'ho uccisa perché l'amavo’. Falso! with Loredana Lipperini, which tackled the issues of violence on women in Italy.

In 2016, Murgia published "Chirú," a novel about a cross generational mentoring relationship.


Murgia is a member of the Republic Project. In the regional elections of February 2014,[4] she stood as a candidate as part of the Possible Sardinia coalition.[5] The coalition aimed to achieve Sardinian independence via the ballot, similar to the Catalan and the Scottish referendums of 2014.[5] Murgia came third in the polls, gaining 10% of the vote.[6]

Awards and honoursEdit

Murgia is a member of the Società Italiana delle Letterate.[3]



  • Il mondo deve sapere: Romanzo tragicomico di una telefonista precaria (Milan: ISBN Edizioni, 2006)
  • Accabadora (Turin: Einaudi, 2009) (Translated into English by Sylvester Mazzarella, Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, 2012)
  • L'Incontro (Turin: Einaudi, 2012)


  • Viaggio in Sardegna: Undici percorsi nell'isola che non si vede (Turin: Einaudi, 2008)
  • ‘L'ho uccisa perché l'amavo’ : Falso! (with Loredana Lipperini) (Bari: Laterza, 2013)


  1. ^ a b Benedetta Verrini (September 6, 2010). "Michela Murgia si confessa". Archived from the original on November 26, 2014. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  2. ^ Roberto Carnero (January 2012). "Maria oltre l'archetipo". Jesus (in Italian). XXXIV (1).
  3. ^ a b Aureliana Di Rollo. "Michela Murgia: Biography". Institute of Modern Languages. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  4. ^ A Fight to Steer Sardinia - New York Times
  5. ^ a b David Forniès (January 14, 2014). "Sardinian independence must be the final outcome of a process of building a lot of freedoms". Nationalia. Retrieved November 26, 2014.
  6. ^ "Elezioni Regionali del 16 febbraio 2014". La Repubblica (in Italian).