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Pietro Citati is dead: farewell to the author and critic who won the Strega prize

He died at the age of 92 years old the writer and literary critic Pietro Citati. The website of Republic, of which he has long been one of the most authoritative signatures. Citati has worked on authors such as Homer, Proust, Leopardi, Goethe, up to Manzoni and Kafka. He won the Viareggio prize in 1970 with a work on Goethe. In the 1981 won the Bagutta Prize with Short life of Katherine Mansfield. In the 1984 won the Strega Prize with the biography of Tolstoy. In the 2006 a Meridiano Mondadori has been published composed of his writings, The European literary civilization, curated by Paolo Lagazzi. In addition to numerous international awards, Citati had received in Italy the appointment of Knight of the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic and Grand Officer of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic.

Citati was born in Florence on February 20, 1930 from a family of Sicilian origins. After a childhood and adolescence in Turin, graduated in 1951 in Pisa as a student of the Scuola Normale Superiore. Citati’s work stood out both for his biographies and for his literary criticism. He began his career by collaborating with Pier Paolo Pasolini per The point but he also worked for The Landing e Comparison. Before partnering with Republiche had also worked for The day e The Corriere della Sera.

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