Giorgio Fontana was born in Saronno in 1981, holds a degree in Philosophy and currently lives in Milano. He was one of the co-editors of the literary quarterly Eleanore Rigby and is a contributor to several Italian and foreign newspapers, including Corriere della sera, il manifesto, Tuttolibri, OpenDemocracy, Berfrois, IlSole24ore.com, Pagina 99, IL, lo Straniero, Wired.it, minima&moralia. He is currently a weekly columnist for the magazine Internazionale.
In 2012 he has been a recipient of a Writers Omi fellowship, enjoying a 4-week International Residency at Ledig House, near New York. He currently works as a content manager at eDisplay.
His debut novel was Buoni propositi per l’anno nuovo (Good Intentions for the New Year) (Mondadori 2007), followed by Novalis (Marsilio 2008), a narrative nonfiction reportage, Babele 56 (Terre di Mezzo 2008), and a short essay La velocità del buio (The Velocity of the Dark) (Zona 2011). A major and significant breakthrough in his literary career came with the publication of the novels Per legge superiore (For Higher Law) (Sellerio 2011) awarded with the Racalmare-Leonardo Sciascia, loStraniero and Chianti prizes, and Morte di un uomo felice (Death of a Happy Man) (Sellerio 2014), awarded with the Premio Campiello, that established him as one of the strongest voices in contemporary Italian fiction. He recently contributed with a new original story, “Salvi quasi per caso” (Safe Almost by Chance), to the anthology Milano (Sellerio 2015), a multi-author fictional portrait of the city.
His latest two novels have been published or are forthcoming in translation in 6 foreign countries, including Germany, France, Spain and the Netherlands.
Giorgio Fontana is represented by Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency (PNLA) www.pnla.it