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Nino Alberto Arbasino
Arbasino in 1976
Arbasino in 1976
Born (1930-01-22)22 January 1930
Voghera, Lombardy, Italy
Died 22 March 2020(2020-03-22) (aged 90)
Milan, Lombardy, Italy
Occupation Writer, essayist
Language Italian
Alma mater University of Milan
Harvard University
University of Pavia
Literary movement Neoavanguardia
Notable works Super Elagabalus
Member of the Chamber of Deputies
In office
12 July 1983 – 1 July 1987
Personal details
Political party Italian Republican Party

Nino Alberto Arbasino (22 January 1930 – 22 March 2020) was an Italian writer, essayist, and politician.

Among the protagonists of Group 63, his literary production has ranged from novels (Fratelli d'Italia of 1963, rewritten in 1976 and 1993) to essay (for example Un Paese senza, 1980). He considered himself an expressionist writer, and he considered Super Elagabalus his most surrealist and also his most expressionist book: "Especially for the descriptions of the places, which are always dreamlike and delusional".


Arbasino was born in Voghera, southwestern Lombardy. He studied at the University of Milan where he graduated in law. Later he worked as journalist for magazines such as Il Mondo and the newspaper La Repubblica. From 1983 to 1987, he was deputy in the Italian Parliament for the Italian Republican Party.

His work includes novels and essays. Arbasino was a member of the Gruppo 63.

He described himself as an expressionist writer and considered his novel Super Eliogabalo ("Super Elagabalus", 1969) as his most surreal and most expressionist book. He edited and rewrote his various works, which were reprinted in updated versions.

In the 1970s he was the host of the TV debate show Match. In December 1977 it hosted a famous debate between directors Mario Monicelli and (the emerging) Nanni Moretti. Moretti said that Monicelli's An Average Little Man was a reactionary film.

In 2004 he won the Premio Chiara for his career.

Arbasino died on 22 March 2020, at the age of 90, after a long illness.


  • Le piccole vacanze, Einaudi, 1957 (first edition)
  • Le piccole vacanze, Einaudi, 1971, (ISBN: 88-06-31658-3) (second edition)
  • Le piccole vacanze, Adelphi, 2007, (ISBN: 978-88-459-2182-7) (third edition)
  • L'Anonimo lombardo, 1959, Einaudi (ISBN: 88-06-37002-2)
  • Fratelli d'Italia, 1963, 1967, 1976, Einaudi (ISBN: 88-06-25106-6)
  • Certi romanzi, 1964
  • Super Eliogabalo, 1969, 1978, Einaudi (ISBN: 88-06-10603-1)
  • Certi romanzi – La Belle Epoque per le scuole, 1977, Einaudi (ISBN: 88-06-09563-3)
  • La narcisata, 1975, Einaudi (ISBN: 88-06-42234-0)
  • Il principe costante, 2 ed., 1972, Einaudi (ISBN: 88-06-34892-2)
  • La bella di Lodi, 1972, Einaudi (ISBN: 88-06-33183-3)
  • In questo Stato, 1978, Garzanti Libri (ISBN: 88-11-73946-2)
  • Un paese senza, 1980, Garzanti Libri
  • Trans – Pacific Express, 1981, Garzanti Libri (ISBN: 88-11-59908-3)
  • Matine, 1983, Garzanti Libri (ISBN: 88-11-59907-5)
  • Il meraviglioso, anzi, 1985, Garzanti Libri (ISBN: 88-11-59921-0)
  • La caduta dei tiranni, 1990, Sellerio di Giorgianni (ISBN: 88-389-0642-4)
  • Un paese senza, 2 ed., 1990, Garzanti Libri (ISBN: 88-11-67405-0)
  • Fratelli d'Italia, réédition de 1993, Adelphi (ISBN: 88-459-1000-8)
  • Mekong, 1994, Adelphi (ISBN: 88-459-1081-4)
  • Specchio delle mie brame, 1995, Adelphi (ISBN: 88-459-1127-6)
  • Parigi o cara, 2 ed., 1996, Adelphi (ISBN: 88-459-1177-2)
  • Lettere da Londra, 1997, Adelphi (ISBN: 88-459-1278-7)
  • Passeggiando tra i draghi addormentati, 1997, Adelphi
  • Paesaggi italiani con zombi, 1998, Adelphi (ISBN: 88-459-1404-6)
  • Le muse a Los Angeles, 2000, Adelphi
  • Rap!, 2001, Feltrinelli
  • Dall'Ellade a Bisanzio, 2006, Adelphi
  • La Vita bassa, 2009, Adelphi


  •  Italy: Knight Grand Cross of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic (6 December 1995)
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