Born in 1927 in Berceto, a rural community in the northern mountain region of the Appennines, near the affluent city of Parma, Luigi Bonardi adopted the pseudonym “Malerba” at the very beginning of his literary career, which coincided with the birth of the experimental movement of the Neovanguardia. Defined “il più silenzioso, autonomo, anzi subito eretico fondatore” [the most silent, autonomous, and even immediately heretical founder] (Pedullà 2016, XI) of the neo-avant-garde “Gruppo 63” along with iconic intellectuals such as Umberto Eco, Alberto Arbasino, Nanni Balestrini, Elio Pagliarani, Giulia Niccolai and others (Chirumbolo, Moroni and Somigli 2010), Malerba established himself as one of the most significant authors and intellectuals of post-Second World War Italian…

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Citation: Heyer-Caput, Margherita. "Luigi Malerba". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 08 February 2017 [, accessed 11 December 2023.]

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