Fernanda Pivano

Genoa 1917-Milan 2009. Translator, writer and journalist. Studied in Turin. Her fill-in teacher was Cesare Pavese (who introduced her to American literature) and one school companion was Primo Levi (like him, she failed her school-leaving exams due to “inappropriate” Italian essays). Diploma in piano in Turin in 1940. Her first translation was of the Spoon River Anthology for Einaudi in ’43. Married Ettore Sottsass in ’49 and moved to Milan. First trip to the USA in ’56. Translated the great American writers. Many awards for journalism and translation.

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