Paolo Cognetti was born in Milan in 1978. His literary career began with short story collections published by minimum fax in Italy. He is the author of Il ragazzo selvatico (Terre di Mezzo, 2013 - translated in 18 countries), Le otto montagne (Einaudi, 2016) and Senza mai arrivare in cima (Einaudi, 2018, - translated in 19 countries). In 2021 he edited L’Antonia (Ponte alle Grazie, 2021), a book about the life and works of the poetess Antonia Pozzi. He is the protagonist and voice-over of the documentary and podcast Paolo Cognetti. Sogni di Grande Nord, released in 2021. With Le otto montagne, translated in 40 countries and soon to be a movie, he won the 2017 Premio Strega, Premio Strega Giovani and Prix Médicis étranger.