Carlo Emilio Gadda
Milan 1893–Rome 1973. Engineer, writer and poet. A war volunteer (Cronache di guerra e prigionia), he worked as an engineer in Italy and abroad, starting his collaboration with Solaria in ’27 (first essay Apologia manzoniana). Contributed to L’Ambrosiano newspaper from ’31. In ’40 left the profession and moved to Florence. From ’50 he worked in Rome on the cultural programmes of RAI Radiotre. Major works: La cognizione del dolore (Prix international de Littérature), L’Adalgisa (a historical-satirical look at the Milanese bourgeoisie), Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana (experimental detective novel), Meditazione milanese (posthumous).