Alessandro Baricco, announcement on social media: “I have leukemia”

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Alessandro Baricco announces that he is ill with leukemia and that he has to undergo a bone marrow transplant. “Um, there is news to give and this time I really have to give it, personally. It’s not that great, I warn you. What happened is that five months ago I was diagnosed with chronic myelomonocytic leukemia“, writes the writer in a post on Facebook.

The post is accompanied by a photo of a computer and a copy of Charles Dickens’ The Pickwick Club next to a hospital bed. “I was disappointed – continues the writer – but not that much, come on. When you have such a disease the best thing you can do is undergo a blood stem cell transplant, which I will do in a couple of days. (well, it’s not that simple, we’ve been working on it for months, it’s a work of patience). My sister Enrica will give me the stem cells, a woman who in my eyes was already quite special before this adventure, let alone now “.

“I wouldn’t want to add much else – he continues -. Perhaps, well, I still feel like saying that every moment I feel the good fortune of living all this with so many true friends around, smart children, an irresistible life partner, and the Best Bull since the Scudetto. These are things, the first three, that change your life. The fourth certainly doesn’t spoil you. In short, I see it well. Don’t count on me for a while, but on the other hand, don’t get used to it too much because the doctors who went into it to heal me they have every air of being able to do it quickly enough ”.

Baricco, 63 years old, he established himself as the author of novels (starting with “Castelli di rabbia” in 1991, “Oceano mare” in 1993 and “Seta” in 1996) able to combine literary qualities and great success with the public, thanks to an extremely incisive and evocative writing. In 1994 he conceived and founded the Holden School in Turin, of which he is the principal. In 2020 he received the Campiello Lifetime Achievement Award.

Born in Turin on January 25, 1958, Baricco graduated in Philosophy with a thesis in Aesthetics. The love for music and literature have inspired his work as an essayist and storyteller right from the start. He made his debut as a music critic in the newspaper “La Repubblica”, then moving on to “La Stampa” as a cultural columnist and curating radio and television programs on music and literature.

As an essayist he made his debut with “The genius on the run. Two essays on Gioacchino Rossini’s musical theater” (Il Melangolo, 1988; Einaudi, 1997). “Castelli di rabbia” (Rizzoli, 1991; Universale Economica Feltrinelli, 2007), his first novel, Campiello Selection Award and Prix Médicis Étranger, is an authentic revelation in the panorama of Italian literature and obtains the approval of critics and the public.

They follow “Ocean Sea“(Rizzoli, 1993; Universale Economica Feltrinelli, 2007), Viareggio Prize and Palazzo al Bosco Prize; the theatrical monologue”Twentieth century“(Feltrinelli, 1994; special edition, 2014;” Audiobooks – Emons Feltrinelli “, 2011) from which Giuseppe Tornatore draws the film” The Legend of the Pianist on the Ocean “;” Seta “(Rizzoli, 1996; Fandango Libri, 2007) , brought to the screen by François Girard with an international production and cast; “City” (Rizzoli, 1999; Universale Economica Feltrinelli, 2007); “Without blood” (Rizzoli, 2002; the graphic novel in “Feltrinelli Comics”, 2019, with Tito Faraci and Francesco Ripoli), all translated abroad and reviewed by major international newspapers, from the “Guardian” to the “New York Times”, from “Libération” to “Le Monde”.

Between the wise di Baricco: “The soul of Hegel and the cows of Wisconsin” (Garzanti, 1993); “Barnum. Chronicles of the Grande Show” (Feltrinelli, 1995) which collects the articles that appeared in the column of the same name edited every Wednesday on the cultural pages of the Turin newspaper “La Stampa”, and “Barnum 2. Other Chronicles of the Grande Show” (Feltrinelli, 1998), in which the articles resulting from the collaboration with “La Repubblica” are collected.

It is from 2002 “Next. Small book on globalization and the world to come”. He appears on television in the cultural programs “L’amore è un dardo”, about opera, and “Pickwick”, dedicated to books. Between theatrical activities that see him as author, director and performer, after the successes of “Totem” (of which Fandango Libri published the book in 1999, Rizzoli two videotapes in 2000 and Einaudi a videotape in 2003) and of City Reading Project for the Romaeuropa Festival 2002 which gave rise to a photographic volume (Rizzoli, 2003), Baricco made “Omero, Iliade”, in three evenings, then realizing the book (Feltrinelli, 2004).

In 2003 he published the screenplay for “Partita Spagnola” for Dino Audino Editore, which he wrote with Lucia Moisio. In 2005 he is a partner of Fandango Libri. From the same year is the novel “This story” (Fandango Libri, 2005; Universale Economica Feltrinelli, 2007) followed, the following year, by “The Barbari. Essay on mutation” (Fandango Libri, 2006; Universale Economica Feltrinelli, 2008) , previously published in installments on “La Repubblica”. In 2007 he proposed to the Auditorium Parco della Musica in Rome an interpreted (and reduced) reading of “Moby Dick”, later merged into “Herman Melville. Three scenes from Moby Dick” (Fandango, 2009; Feltrinelli 2017).

Among his more recent works: “Emmaus” (Feltrinelli, 2009), “Mr Gwyn” (Feltrinelli, 2011), “Three times at dawn” (Feltrinelli, 2012), “A certain idea of ​​the world” (Gruppo Editoriale L’Espresso, 2012; Feltrinelli , 2013), “Palladium Lectures” (2 DVDs + book; Feltrinelli, 2013), “Smith & Wesson” (2014), “The young bride” (2015), “The new Barnum” (2016), “Seta” (2016; hardcover edition with illustrations by Rebecca Dautremer), “The Game” (Einaudi, 2018) and “The Game. Stories from the digital world for adventurous kids “ (Feltrinelli, 2020; with Sara Beltrame).

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