Edoardo Albinati, writer, translator, poet and scenarist, was born in Rome in 1956. His first published work as narrator was the collection of short stories Arabeschi della vita morale (Arabesques of Moral Life, 1988). His book Orti di guerra (Wartime Vegetable Gardens, 1997) became a twenty-episode series for Italian Radio 3; the novel Il polacco lavatore di vetri (The Polish Car Window Cleaner, 1989) became a film directed by Peter Del Monte, The Ballad of the Windshield Washers, presented at the 1988 Venice Film Festival. Later works include Sintassi italiana (Italian Syntax, 2001), Svenimenti (Fainting, 2004), which earned him the Viareggio literary prize, Tuttalpiù muoio (At Worst, I’ll Die, written with Filippo Timi, 2006), the collection of verses Guerra alla tristezza (War against Sadness, 2009), the autobiographical novel Vita e morte di un ingegnere (Life and Death of an Engineer, 2012) and Oro colato. Otto lezioni sulla materia della scrittura (Gospel Truth: Eight Lessons on the Subject Matter of Writing, 2014). His latest work, La scuola cattolica (Catholic School, 2016), listed for the Strega literary prize, is an imposing epochal portrait of almost 1300 pages on the petty-bourgeois Roman youth of the mid-seventies, hovering between an obsolete religious education and freedom from the codes of middle-class respectability. Albinati has written movies for Matteo Garrone (The Tale of Tales, 2015) and Marco Bellocchio. In 2002 he worked for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in Afghanistan and in 2004 he took part in a UNHCR mission in Chad, publishing reportages on the main Italian newspapers “Corriere della Sera” and “La Repubblica” and on “The Washington Post.” He lives in Rome where since 1994 he has been teaching inmates of Rebibbia prison, an experience described in the diary Maggio selvaggio (Wild May, 1999).