Paolo Congetti is born in Milan in 1978.
His bestseller novel, Le Otto Montagne (The Eight Mountains), published by Einaudi, spent more than a year in the Italian list of top bestsellers and it’s an international bestseller with over a million copies sold worldwide and foreign rights sold in 39 countries.
He made his debut with the collection of short stories Manuale per ragazze di successo (minimum fax, 2004), followed by Una cosa piccola che sta per esplodere (minimum fax, 2007), selected for Premio Fucini, Premio Settembrini and Premio Chiara.
He wrote New York è una città senza tende (Contromano / Laterza, 2010) and Il ragazzo selvatico (Terre di Mezzo, 2013), translated in 17 countries, republished in Italy in autumn 2017 in an edition illustrated by Alessandro Sanna.
In 2014 he published Il nuotatore, illustrated by Mara Cerri, with the publisher orecchio acerbo, Tutte le mie preghiere guardano verso ovest (Edt) and A pesca nelle pozze più profonde, meditazioni sull’arte di scrivere racconti (minimum fax).
He wrote Sofia si veste sempre di nero (minimum fax, 2012) selected for the Premio Strega and translated in various countries.
He edited the anthology of short stories New York Stories, released by Einaudi in November 2015.
His novel The Eight Mountains came out in bookstores in November 2016 for Einaudi and is being translated into thirty-nine countries; has won, among the numerous awards, the 2017 Premio Strega and the 2017 Premio Strega Giovani, the Prix Médicis étranger, the PEN Translation Award and the The Grand Prize of the Mountain Fiction Award in the Banff Mountain Book Competition.
His latest book, Senza mai arrivare in cima (Without Ever Reaching the Summit) was published by Einaudi in november 2018 (rights sold in 18 countries).