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Giuseppe Catozzella

Giuseppe Catozzella (Milan, 1976) graduated in Philosophy and spent many years living in Sydney, Australia. Back in Italy, he worked as an editorial consultant for Mondadori and then as an Italian fiction editor for Feltrinelli. In 2008 he made his writing debut with Espianti published by Transeuropa. In 2011 Rizzoli published his novel-essay Alveare, republished by Feltrinelli in 2014, which was later made into theatre performances and a TV movie, L’assalto, produced by Rai Fiction. In 2014, he released Non dirmi che hai paura (Feltrinelli), winner of the Strega Giovani Award, and a finalist for the Strega Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Non dirmi che hai paura is a longseller that has sold 250,000 copies in Italy and nearly 500,000 copies worldwide, translated in over thirty countries. An international film production based on the novel is currently underway.
Also published by Feltrinelli: Il grande futuro (2016) and E tu splendi (2018), soon to be made into a film. He taught Italian literature and creative writing at the University of Miami and Seton Hall University in New York. He writes reportages from countries at war for ‘L’Espresso’. Following the publication of Non dirmi che hai paura, he was appointed by the UN Refugee Agency as a UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador.