Participant profiles

Giancarlo De Cataldo

Giancarlo De Cataldo's tour, including also the Leeds event and a talk at the Italian Cultural Institute in London (in English), was co-organised by Italian at Leeds and the independent publisher Bitter Lemon Press. The occasion was the launch of the English translation of Crimini - an anthology of crime fiction stories edited by De Cataldo, with contributions from the best known Italian crime writers: Ammanniti, Camilleri, Carlotto, Dazieri, De Silva, Faletti, Fois, Lucarelli, Manzini, and De Cataldo himself. (Turin: Einaudi, 2005Eng: London: Bitter Lemon Press, 2008).

A series based on this collection was broadcast on Italian TV in 2006/07, please click here.

The Italian Consulate in Manchester and the Italian Cultural Institute in London co-funded the writer's visit to Leeds.

Giancarlo De Cataldo. Born in Taranto (Puglia) in 1956, he lives in Rome, where he works as a magistrate, and is a successful writer, translator, essayist, journalist, and scriptwriter for theatre, cinema, TV and radio. His acclaimed novel Romanzo criminale (Turin: Einaudi, 2002) is inspired by the true story of a powerful criminal gang active in Rome in the 1970s, known as 'Banda della Magliana'.

See De Cataldo presenting the protagonists of Romanzo criminale at BBC4 Programme Timeshift. Series 10. The Story of Italian Crime Fiction.

Romanzo criminale has been made into a film of the same name, directed by Michele Placido (2005), and it has inspired a TV series directed by Stefano Sollima (2008-10).


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