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Davide Sapienza


Davide Sapienza

Photograph: Andre Aschedamini

Davide Sapienza, born 1963, is an author, writer and journalist. He started writing books on rock music in the early eighties at the age of twenty. He has had a successful career as a music journalist, with bestselling books dedicated to U2, Nirvana, and Neil Young among others....

In 1998 he opted to take a "seven-year sabbatical" from music writing, in order to prepare for his journey as an author in the literary world, and to travel extensively as a hiker, backcountry skier, cyclist and more. He is the author of I Diari di Rubha Hunish (BaldiniCastoldiDalai, 2004), the experimental novel La Valle di Ognidove (Vivalda Editori, 2007) and a number of photographic limited edition publications.

As a magazine writer, he has traveled extensively in the Arctic and across Italy, lecturing about his books. In 2008 he worked on the controversial History Channel documentary "Scemi di Guerra," about shell shock in Second World War.

In 2009, inspired by his latest novel, RSI, Swiss National TV, produced a documentary, "La sapienza di Davide: parole in cammino," dedicated to the special relationship in his work between the natural and the spiritual world.

He is also renowned for his—both as a translator and scholar—work on Jack London. He has recently been commissioned by Oscar Mondadori to work on a new annotated edition of London's Martin Eden. For more information, visit and

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