Giorgio Scerbanenco: Venere privata [A Private Venus] (801 words)


Giorgio Scerbanenco, born in Kiyv in 1911, is considered one of Italian Noir’s founding fathers. He was rediscovered in the 1990s thanks to the Giovani Cannibali [Young Cannibals] literary movement which adopted similar narrative strategies and dealt with similar themes, albeit in a much more contemporary Italy.

Scerbanenco’s most famous noir series was set in Milan and published by Garzanti between 1966 and 1969. Venere privata [A Private Venus], is the first novel of the series which finally granted the Ukrainian-born author success and financial serenity as well as long-standing fame and posterity. Unfortunately, Scerbanenco died in 1969 and could not enjoy the …

Citation: Seno, Cosetta. "Venere privata". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 22 December 2020 [, accessed 18 January 2021.]

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