Italian literary prizewinners 2020

It seems odd thinking about literary prizes and awards at the moment, since awards conjure up images of presentations, speeches and joy. But many, many people have turned to reading for comfort and intellectual stimulation during the recurrent lockdowns. The giving and receiving of literary awards remains, as ever, important to readers and encouraging to authors. In Italy, despite a very difficult year, the major literary prizes were adjudicated and the following awards were made:

The Strega prize for 2020

This was awarded to Sandro Veronesi’s Il colibrì. The University Library copy is borrowable at C216.c.204.

The Bancarella prize for 2020

This was awarded to Angela Marsons for her thriller Le verità sepolte. This is the Italian translation of her English work Dead souls which the University Library holds on electronic legal deposit.

The Campiello prize for 2020

This was awarded to Remo Rapini’s work Vita, morte e miracoli di Bonfiglio Liborio. Our University Library copy stands at C216.c.5762.

The Viareggio-Repaci prizes for 2020

As is customary, there are three sections to this literary prize.

The first, Narrativa, was awarded to Paolo di Paolo’s Lontano dagli occhi. The University Library copy stands at C215.c.9064.

The second, Poesia, went to Luciano Cecchinel’s collection of poems entitled Da sponda a sponda. The University Library copy stands at C206.d.5166.

The third, Saggistica, was awarded to Giulio Ferroni’s L’Italia di Dante. The University Library copy stands at C216.c.3909.

During the pandemic of 2020 thrillers and novels proved particularly important to the general public as the reading of books surged. As we enter a troubled 2021, with new lockdowns imposed, we thank those authors who continue writing and the publishers who do so much to make their works available in these difficult times.

Bettina Rex

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