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   Ugo Riccarelli
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Biography
Ugo Riccarelli was born in Ciriè (Turin) in 1954 to a Tuscan family. He read Philosophy at Turin University and for years was involved in cultural work in the educational, cinematographic and theatrical sectors, graduating as a Cultural Operator in 1976, also working in the Municipality of Pisa’s Press Office. In 1995 he won the RAI-Corriere della Sera Competition entitled "Seven times Seven" with his short story Come ti faccio impennare l'audience (How I get the ratings to go up) which became a radio play. With Le scarpe appese al cuore (Shoes hanging from the heart) he won the 1996 Chianti Prize, Un uomo che forse si chiamava Schulz (A man perhaps called Schulz) won the Selezione Campiello 1998 Award and then he won the 2004 Strega Award with Il dolore perfetto (The perfect pain).
 

Comments about him

"Le scarpe appese is a pondered book resulting in an existential reflection, told using excellent literary means [...] capable of filtering direct and personal experience through symbols and metaphors and drawing from a private testimony those universal truths that make it above all a literary work.
Antonio Tabucchi

"Riccarelli proceeds with faithfulness to sources and enlightening inventions".
Lorenzo Mondo, "Tuttolibri" - La Stampa

"Riccarelli gives his best in a renewed ‘magical realism’ [...] There is active osmosis between sadness and playfulness, the tragic and the grotesque".
Cesare Segre, Corriere della Sera

"Riccarelli’s new novel is a book of full and persuasive maturity [...] literature filled with Chagall’s colour, tender enchantment and flight. Riccarelli’s characters really do fly.
Ernesto Ferrero Tuttolibri
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