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THE NIGHT OF THE COMET (working title)

Sebastiano Vassalli

  • Original Title: LA NOTTE DELLA COMETA
  • Publication date: November 1984
  • Publisher: GIULIO EINAUDI EDITORE
  • Country: IT
  • 239 print pages
  • Biopics

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  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 19th century, 20th century
  • Location setting: Argentina, Belgium, France, Italy, Switzerland
  • Themes: FAMILY, Dysfunctional family, PEOPLE facing life, Initiation journey, Looking back on one's life, Facing failure, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Psychological dysfunction, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, Exclusion, Violence, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Intolerance, LOVE / HATE, Passion

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A novelised biography on the life of the "mad poet" Dino Campana showing him as a victim of the incongruities surrounding the literary context of his times as well as of his family and country.

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Translation rights sold: World Spanish (offer)

Sebastiano Vassalli (1941 - 2015) is an Italian author. He famously wrote the historical novel LA CHIMERA (1990), which won the Premio Strega and was translated in 11 languages. He was a Nobel Prize nominee in 2015.

Summary

LA NOTTE DELLA COMETA is a detailed and thoroughly researched biography of the early 20th-century poet Dino Campana, who is known for his erratic and flamboyant personality as well as for his mental problems. Sebastiano Vassalli has used the novelist’s license to speculate on many gaps of Campana’s life, allowing readers a more complex view of the poet than a conventional biography might do. The title has been chosen to create a metaphor with Halley’s comet: Dino Campana is considered by Vassalli one of the rare « pure poet » whose passage is matched every seventy-six years as the passage of Halley’s comet.

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    Sebastiano Vassalli (1941 - 2015) is an Italian author. He completed his Bachelor of arts degree in Milan. Soon after, he partnered with Casare Musatti and wrote a book on Psychoanalysis and Contemporary Art which ultimately began his career as a notable author. He devoted himself to teaching and researching artistic Neoavanguardia and was also involved with the Gruppo 63. He wrote for La Repubblica, La Stampa and Corriere della Sera. He famously wrote the historical novel LA CHIMERA (1990), which won the Premio Strega and was translated in 11 languages.