Alessandro Baricco, writer: biography and curiosity

Alessandro Baricco, writer: biography and curiosity

Alessandro Baricco is the winner of the Viareggio prize, as well as a personality who has worked in various fields. Let's find out why it has become popular

Born in Turin on January 25, 1958, Alessandro Baricco has engaged in various fields, including literature (he is, in fact, primarily a writer), music (as a music critic), on television (Baricco has also been a conductor), has written several essays and screenplays for modern Italian cinematography. After finishing middle school he enrolled in the Alfieri high school, which ended with excellent results. The degree dates back to the years after high school: the author graduated together with Gianni Vattimo. Already during his university studies Alessandro began to write several essays on music, in particular on classical music. The love for the latter was transmitted to him by his parents. Furthermore Alessandro often reflects on the link between music and the modern era. As a music critic he writes for La Repubblica and has his columns in La Stampa. Subsequently, it also has its own column on Rai Radio Three, called Rai Radio Suite. His beginnings in the field of literature came only in the 90s, when he published the Castelli di rabbia.

The book has great success with the public, less than the critics. Nevertheless Alexander does not give up and writes the Ocean of the sea, a very calm and intellectual book. In the same years he participated, as creator, in various Rai broadcasts. In 1994 he wrote and published Novecento, a screenplay book that Gabriele Vacis put on display. Subsequently the events of the film will also be developed by Giuseppe Tornatore. The latter, however, will change the title to one considered more palatable for the public: "The legend of the pianist on the ocean". In 1995 Alessandro, together with his friends, founded the so-called Holden School. It is a place where narrative techniques are studied and put into practice. Subsequently, the school takes on the characteristics of a literary school, also erroneously seen as a literary club. In 1996 and 1997 Barrico published the collections of his newspaper articles. In the same years he also wrote two books: Seta and City. As a screenwriter, he is committed to producing Davida Roa, a theatrical work that will be directed by Luca Ronconi. Subsequently, Gabriele Vacis helps him create Totems.

This text will all focus on love of literature and why books help people become better. It follows a small period of pause that ends in 2002, when Baricco publishes Without blood. Next comes the turn of Next, an essay focused on globalization processes. So from the writer's feather comes the Spanish Partita, a screenplay written for the first time in 1987 and focused on Farinelli, an opera singer with high singing skills. In 2004 Alessandro Baricco published Homer, a translation of the Iliad from which the Turin writer draws inspiration to develop its theatrical plot. In the following years, other books were also created, including This story, a public novel with the Fandango publishing house (when the character in this was linked to the Rizzoli publishing house). Subsequently to the world the book The Barbarians comes out, which is described as a novel and an essay at the same time. The book aims to describe the mutation of society and postmodernity itself.

Meanwhile, his novel Seta is transposed cinematically thanks to the commitment of François Girard, a director of Canadian origin. His film directorial debut is dated 2008, when Alessandro Baricco directs "Lesson twenty one". The subject of the film was written by Baricco himself and is based on an unpublished story written years earlier. The film reflects on Beethoven's character and in particular on his ninth symphony. Hence it is linked to the theme of old age, to what men can do to accept it. His debut has been severely criticized by several critics, so much so that he has been called bankruptcy. After this first test Baricco has tried other times to make a feature film, without ever succeeding. From 2011 on a weekly basis he writes for La Repubblica short reviews of books read. In 2011 the book Mr. Gwin was released, while in 2012 the world was able to admire the sunrise three times, a work linked to the previous one. The penultimate literary work is, however, Smith & Wessons.

It is a theatrical work divided into two acts. Finally, in 2015 Baricco published the text "The Young Bride". The plot of this book is set in the early twentieth century. Many of Alessandro Baricco's books have often been severely criticized by various exponents of Italian literary criticism. Defined as a popular and fashionable writer, the Turin author has faced severe attacks from characters such as Giulio Ferroni. According to other famous minds, Baricco would have appropriated some statements made by Walter Benjamin without citing the author and using the statements as his own. For this reason, although loved by the public, it is frowned upon in critical circles.

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