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Edoardo Albinati & Alessandro D’Avenia | Edinburgh International Book Festival


Alessandro D’Avenia is no longer able to appear and this event will go ahead with Edoardo Albinati. 


Which Way I Fly is Hell

Meet two cutting-edge novelists exploring different sections of Italian society. In Edoardo Albinati’s prize-winning The Catholic School, a shocking act of sexual violence by former students of a prestigious Rome boys’ school reveals the powers behind Italian bourgeois society. Teacher and journalist Alessandro D’Avenia shares What Hell is Not, a heart-rending story of deprivation and resilience in Mafia-run Palermo.


For over twenty years Edoardo Albinati worked as a teacher in the penitentiary of Rebibbia, an experience narrated in the memoir Wild May. He made his writing debut in 1988 with l polacco lavatore di vetri, which was adapted into the film The Ballad of the Windshield Washers, and won the 2004 Viareggio Literary Award for novel Svenimenti. His experiences in Afghanistan as part of the UN High Commission for Refugees was the basis of his non-fiction book Coming Back: Diary of a Mission to Afghanistan, which was translated to English by Howard Curtis in 2014.


Alessandro D’Avenia teaches Ancient Greek, Latin and Italian Literature at a high school in Milan and is a regular contributor to the newspaper Corriere della Sera, writing on the subjects of literature and education. His debut novel, White as Milk, Red as Blood, was translated into twenty-two languages and turned into a film. Together with his second novel, it spent three years on the Italian fiction top ten bestseller list, selling more than one million copies in Italy alone. What Hell Is Not is his third novel.

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  • Organizzato da: Edinburgh International Book Festival
  • In collaborazione con: Italian Institute of Culture, Edinburgh