A professor of French literature at the University of the Studies of Rome Tor Vergata, where he studied, after his critical essay “Proust antiebreo” (2000), he achieved fame in 2005 with the publication of his first novel, “With the Worst Intentions.” Defined as “the new Proust” by Antonio D’Orrico of the Corriere della Sera, his novel was enormously successful with almost 200,000 copies sold in a few months, and won the Campiello prize for first novel. It narrates the vicissitudes of half a century of the Sonnino family, characterized by its self-irony towards the society, for a refined lexicon, as well as for its original style. Piperno was inspired by great nineteenth century and contemporary American literature. Besides his association with Proust, his style and literary approach was also compared to Philip Roth. He is also the editor of the literary magazine “Nuovi Argomenti.” In Italy his books are published by Mondadori.