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Erri De Luca

Erri De Luca (Naples, 1950). Novelist, journalist, poet and translator of Ancient Hebrew and Yiddish. Among the literary awards he has received are the Prix France Culture (1994), the Prix Fémina Étranger for his work Montedidio (2002), the European Prize for Literature (2013) and the European Parliament’s European Book Prize (2016).

He was part of the ‘68 protest movement and was later a member of the far-left group Lotta Continua. He drove humanitarian relief vehicles during the Balkans conflict of the 1990s. He is the author of more than 50 works; those which have been translated into Spanish include Non ora, non qui (1989), Tu, mio (1998), Tre cavalli (1999) and Il peso della farfalla (2009). He has translated numerous texts into Italian, including some books of the Bible. His books have been translated into 23 languages, and he is considered a leading name in contemporary Italian literature.

A passionate mountain climber, he currently lives in the countryside near Rome. In 2011, he set up the Fondazione Erri De Luca, a foundation devoted to social and cultural projects.