Dino Buzzati, one of the most prominent Italian writers of the twentieth century, is a pivotal figure in modern fantastic literature. The third of four children, Buzzati was born in San Pellegrino, near Belluno, in northeastern Italy, on October 16th, 1906. His father, Giulio Cesare, was a professor of constitutional law at the University of Pavia and the Bocconi University of Milan, while his grandfather Augusto (Giulio Cesare’s father) was a renowned judge of the Appeals Court (Corte d’Appello) of Venice. The writer’s mother, Alba Mantovani, was born to the dogal family Badoer Partecipazio in Venice. Buzzati, who belonged to and knew well the bourgeois milieu, described in satirical terms the wealthy …

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Lazzarin, Stefano. "Dino Buzzati". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 30 August 2011
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