A late bloomer on the larger Italian scene, Gesualdo Bufalino began publishing poetry and articles right after the Second World War, albeit in journals of limited circulation. It was not until 1981, when he was more than sixty years old, that his novel Diceria dell’untore (US: The Plague-Sower; UK: The Plague-Spreader’s Tale) brought him wide recognition including a close finish for the Strega Prize garnered that year by Umberto Eco’s blockbuster, The Name of the Rose. Buoyed by this book’s success, in the last fifteen years of his life Bufalino published some twenty volumes of writings, among them two important novels and four lesser ones, poetry from both his younger and later years, a volume of short stories, and several collections of essays on literary and occasional topics,…

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Citation: Klopp, Charles. "Gesualdo Bufalino". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 23 September 2009 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=12524, accessed 09 December 2023.]

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