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   Niccolò Ammaniti
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The author was born in Rome in 1966. Having enrolled in the faculty of Biological Science, Ammaniti wrote a thesis on the Release of Acetyl cholinesterase in neuroblastomas, and according to a legend this was at the origin of his first novel, Branchie! (Ediesse, 1994). Initially only a few copies were distributed by a small publishing house, but a new version of this book was republished in 1997 by Einaudi, without the exclamation mark.
Together with his father Massimo Ammaniti - a professor of General and Age of Development Psychopathology at the La Sapienza University in Rome - in 1995 he published Nel nome del figlio - l'adolescenza raccontata da un figlio e un padre, (Mondadori 1995), an essay about the problems of adolescence.
In 1996 he published the collection of short stories entitled Fango (Mondadori, 1996) that brought him to the attention of the general public.
During those same years he wrote about books, about films and other subjects for the magazines "Tuttolibri", "Pulp", "La bestia", "Musica!" "Ciak", and "Liberal". In 1997 RadioRai broadcasted his radio-drama entitled Anche il sole fa schifo.
The year 1998 marked the film world's interest in Ammanioti: Marco Risi made a film entitled L'ultimo capodanno (The last New Year), starring Monica Bellucci, inspired by the long tale at the beginning of Fango.
The following year Branchie was also released as a film, starring Gianluca Grignani and directed by Francesco Ranieri Martinetti.
His last two books, Ti prendo e ti porto via (Mondadori 1999) and Io non ho paura (Einaudi 2001), brought him great success.
Io non ho paura sold 450.000 copies and has been translated in 24 countries, among then China and Russia. In 2003 Salvatores made a film with the same title for which Ammanniti co-wrote the script.
Ammaniti has been translated into 36 languages and has been published in over 40 countries.
Thoughts and comments about the author:

"The new Italian word for talent is Ammaniti"
"The Times"

"Io non ho paura (I am not afraid) by Ammanniti, is a passionate book, a book one reads with the desire to reach the last line, to see what happens, as one also does with certain adventure comics".
Marco Belpoliti - "L'Espresso"

(speaking of Io non ho paura) "In this work of carpentry one does not hear the carpenter assembling the modular parts, one has instead the impression of one single piece of wood, nails and glue are invisible, and hence one has the unusual feeling of leaning directly against the tree's bark, meaning a natural intelligence that breathes on its own and provides oxygen".
Aldo Busi
.May 23rd
.June 8th
.Lorenza Indovina
.Ezio Bosso
.Quartetto d'Archi di Torino