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Carlo Emilio Gadda

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Carlo Emilio Gadda

Carlo Emilio Gadda (1893-1973)was born in Milan. He earned a degree in engineering, volunteered to fight in World War I, and was taken prisoner by the Germans. After the war, he began to write while working as an engineer in countries as far afield as Argentina. Acquainted with Grief, Gadda's first novel, set in an imaginary South American country, appeared in 1938. His masterpiece, That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana, was serialized after the war, but only published as a book in 1957. Both novels, like much else that Gadda wrote, were left incomplete. Among Gadda's other notable works are essays, film and radio scripts, a travel book, and his journals from World War I.

Articles by Carlo Emilio Gadda

from That Awful Mess on the via Merulana
By Carlo Emilio Gadda
When they reached Via Merulana: the crowd. Outside the entrance, the black of the crowd, with its wreath of bicycle wheels. “Make way there. Police.” Everybody stood aside. The door was closed.…
Translated from Italian by William Weaver
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