Andrea Bajani

Andrea Bajani (Rome, 1975) is one of the most respected and award-winning novelists of contemporary Italian literature. After his debut with Cordiali saluti (Einaudi, 2005), it was Se consideri le colpe (Einaudi, 2007, If you Kept a Record of Sins, Archipelago, forthcoming) which brought him a great deal of attention. In just a few months, the book won the Super Mondello Prize, the Brancati Prize, the Recanati Prize and the Lo Straniero Prize.

After three years, with his novel Ogni promessa (Einaudi, 2010; published in English as Every Promise by MacLehose Press), he won the oldest and most prestigious Italian literary award, the Bagutta Prize. His collection of short stories, La vita non รจ in ordine alfabetico (Einaudi, 2014) won the Settembrini Prize in 2014. His most recent novel is Un bene al mondo (Einaudi 2016), and is currently being made into a film.

In 2017 he published his first book of poems, Promemoria. The second one, Dimora naturale, will be published in May 2020.

He is also an author of journalistic essays and regularly contributes to the daily newspapers la Repubblica and il manifesto.

His works have been translated into many languages, and published by some of the most prestigious European publishers, such as Gallimard, Siruela, MacLehose, Atheneum, DTV, Humanitas. Se consideri le colpe (If you Kept a Record of Sins) will be published in the USA by Archipelago at the beginning of 2021.

At Rice, he teaches in the Department of Modern and Classical Literatures and Cultures.