Dizionario della letteratura italiana del Novecento

Dizionario della letteratura italiana del Novecento
editor: Alberto Asor Rosa [Einaudi, 1992]

Biondi, Mario (Milano 1939).

Grew up in Como, Milan's Bocconi Un. Economics and Business graduate, worked for various corporate, Chief Press Officer at Sansoni (1970-'75) and Longanesi (1975-84) Publishing.  Lives in Milan. Formed in contact with the Neoavanguardia, as witnessed in his early poetical production (Per rompere qualcosa — To Smash-up Something, Ant. Ed., Ivrea, 1973; Jazzparola suite; in “Pianura. Poesia e prosa degli anni Settanta” — Lowland. Poetry and Prose of the 1970s, a c. by S. Vassalli, ibid. 1974, pp.53-60; Nove poesie civili — Nine Civil Poems; in Almanacco dello specchio 5, Mondadori, Milan 1976, pp. 233-46; Dissonanza. Poesie d'amore — Dissonance. Love Poems; in Poesia degli anni Settanta — Poetry of the 1970's, a c. by A. Porta, Feltrinelli, Milan 1979, pp. 350-51).  In his first two novels he retraces the existential trail of his generation, from the years of his formation, culminated with the political events of the summer of 1960 — which the Lupo Bambino — The Child Wolf — (1975) is dedicated to — on to the years of the crushed revolutionary promises, recounted in La sera del giorno — The Evening of the Day — (1981).  He has since started to confront with "genre" narrative's structures, from hystory to spy-story writing... [p.pp.]

Dizionario Bompiani degli Autori

Dizionario Bompiani degli Autori [1987]

Born in Milan, 1939. Italian writer. Grew within the Neoavanguardia and Neo-experimentalist circles, his early steps are in poetry, with two books of verses, Per rompere qualcosa (1973) and Jazzparola suite (1974), and a collaboration with Il Verri magazine. He later turned to narrative, associating esperimentation on novel writing structures to linguistic experimentation. In this perspective comes his first novel, Il lupo bambino (1975), in the path of Joyce and Dylan Thomas. He then shifted to civil commitment writing, with La sera del giorno (1981), which illustrates youth political passions of the ante 1968 generation.  With his third novel comes Biondi's hystorical writing: Il cielo della mezzaluna — The Sky of the Crescent — (1982) stages the XV century conquest of Costantinopole by the Turks.  Gli occhi di una donna — The Eyes of a Woman — (1985), a family saga portraying events and characters of two lumbard families from the eve of World War I to the 1980's, and Biondi's bestselling novel, earns the author the Campiello Literary Award while drawing critics attention onto his ability to modulate the language to suit different hystorical situations and characters.  One further remarkable jump in novel writing comes about with the La civetta sul comò — The Owl on the Commode — (1986), a thriller written in a style which is often comic-parodistic with a vaguely Gaddian ascendancy. [Ma.Ber.]

Enciclopedia della Letteratura Garzanti

Enciclopedia della Letteratura Garzanti [1997]

Italian writer. The hystorical novel (Il cielo della mezzaluna, 1982), the family saga (Gli occhi di una donna, Campiello Literary Award, 1985), the spy-story (La civetta sul comò, 1986), the sentimental-exotic novel (Un amore innocente, 1988): to the Avanguardia influenced early linguistic experimentation, Biondi has replaced experimentation on popular novel writing genres...

Enciclopedia Multimediale De Agostini

Italian writer (Milan, 1939). Interested in language experimentation within the Neovanguardia, he began in 1973 with the poetical collection Per rompere qualcosa. Translator of Singer, Golding, Soyinka, known particularly for his multiform narrative production spanning from the formation novel (Il lupo bambino, 1975) to the generational portrait (La sera del giorno, 1981), from the hystorical novel (Il cielo della Mezzaluna, 1982) to the family epopea (Gli occhi di una donna, 1985, premio Campiello), from the thriller (La civetta sul comò, 1986) to the fascination of sentiments (Un amore innocente, 1988; Crudele amore, 1990).

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