Dino Buzzati

Dino Buzzati

Italian writer and playwright, author of novels and short stories, artist and journalist
Date of Birth: 16.10.1906
Country: Italy

  1. Biography of Dino Buzzati
  2. Early Life
  3. Journalistic Career
  4. World War II and Literary Achievements
  5. Literary Works

Biography of Dino Buzzati

Dino Buzzati was an Italian writer and playwright, known for his novels, short stories, and works as an artist and journalist for the Milanese newspaper "Corriere della Sera". He gained worldwide fame with his novel "The Tartar Steppe" (Il deserto dei Tartari), written in 1940.

Dino Buzzati

Early Life

Dino Buzzati was born on October 16, 1906, on the family estate in San Pellegrino di Belluno, a city in the Veneto region of northern Italy. His mother, the daughter of a doctor and Italian aristocrat, was from Venice, while his father, a renowned lawyer and professor of international law, came from an ancient family in Belluno. Buzzati was the second of four children in the family. From a young age, he showed a strong interest in art and music, studying the violin and piano, although he later abandoned these pursuits. It was believed that Buzzati's worldview was shaped by the extensive family library.

Dino Buzzati

Journalistic Career

In 1924, Buzzati enrolled in the law faculty at the University of Milan, following his family's wishes. During his studies, at the age of 22, he became a staff member of the newspaper "Corriere della Sera," where he worked until the end of his life. Buzzati began his journalistic career as a proofreader, then worked as a reporter, special correspondent, essayist, and eventually served as an editor and art critic. It was often said that Buzzati's journalistic experience was inseparable from his literary work, giving even the most fantastic stories a touch of realism. According to Buzzati himself, the writer's imagination should be as close as possible to journalism. Not in the sense of adding banality to literature, although that often happens, but rather in the belief that the impact of any fictional story depends on how simply and ordinary it is told.

World War II and Literary Achievements

During World War II, Buzzati served as a journalist attached to the Italian naval forces in Africa. After the war, his novel "The Tartar Steppe" was published in Italy, quickly bringing him fame and critical acclaim. In 1964, he married Almeria Antoniazzi and published his final novel, written the previous year, titled "Love" (Un Amore). Buzzati passed away on January 28, 1972, in Milan, after a prolonged illness from pancreatic cancer, which had also claimed his father's life. He was an atheist.

Literary Works

Buzzati began writing novels and short stories in 1933. His creative legacy includes five novels, plays for theater and radio, librettos, as well as numerous collections of stories and poems. Four operas by composer and conductor Luciano Chailly, as well as the opera "La giacca dannata" by Giulio Viozzi, were based on Buzzati's librettos. In 1945, he published a children's book titled "The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily" (La famosa invasione degli orsi in Sicilia).

Buzzati's works, sometimes classified as magical realism, explore themes of social alienation, loneliness, melancholy, and the fate of nature in the face of unstoppable technological progress. His stories often feature fantastical animals, including those invented by the author himself. Additionally, Buzzati was a well-known artist, exhibiting his works and blending his literary and artistic talents in a comic strip based on the myth of Orpheus, titled "Poema a fumetti".