Sebastiano Vassalli was born in Genoa in 1941 to a Tuscan mother and a Lombardan father. In his early childhood, his parents abandoned him to be brought up by relatives in Novara, where Vassalli lived as a young man in the city or latterly in a farmhouse in the midst of the ricefields of the Po valley. He attended the faculty of Lettere at the University of Milan, graduating with a thesis on contemporary art and psychology. Survived by his second wife and estranged adopted son from his first marriage, he died on July 26, 2015, in a hospice in a small town outside Novara after a short illness.
Vassalli was deeply connected to Novara and its surroundings, frequently narrating the geography, history, and contemporary realities of the region and its inhabitants in his texts. His impulse to
Citation: Tulante, Meriel. "Sebastiano Vassalli". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 17 July 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13848, accessed 04 December 2023.]