Italian novelist comes to meet Hanoi readers

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  Italian writer Gianrico Carofiglio. Photo courtesy of The event organizers

Gianrico Carofiglio, one of Italy's best-selling authors, will meet book lovers in Hanoi on October 15 to release the official Vietnamese translation of his novel "The Past is a Foreign Country."

Gianrico Carofiglio, 51, was an anti-Mafia judge in the Italian city of Bari. He has been involved with trials concerning corruption, organized crime and human trafficking. He is now a member of the Italian Senate.

His debut novel, "Involuntary Witness", was published in 2002 and translated into English in 2005 by Patrick Creagh, published by the Bitter Lemon Press and has been adapted as the basis for a popular television series in Italy.

Carofiglio won the 2005 Premio Bancarella award for his novel "Il passato è una terra straniera" (2004), which was translated into English as "The Past is a Foreign Country" in 2007. It has been translated in Vietnamese as Qua khu la mien dat la.

His other works include "Non Esiste Saggezza" (There is no Wisdom - 2010) and "La Manomissione Delle Parole" (The Manipulation of Words 2010), both have yet to be published in English.

The event, co-organized by the Italian Embassy in Vietnam and the Nha Nam Culture and Communications Company, is part of the 2012 Italy-Vietnam Program.

Taking part in the meeting will also be Italian Ambassador to Vietnam, Lorenzo Angeloni, and young Vietnamese writer Di Li, who is now an instructor of English-American Literature and English-American Culture at the College of Commerce and Tourism, Hanoi.

Di Li, 34, whose real name is Nguyen Dieu Linh, is one of the best-selling authors in Vietnam and has recently been known as a writer of crime-thriller novels. Her works include "The Waltz of Hell" (2007), "Red Flower Farm" (2009), "7 Days in the Desert" (2009), "The Babel on the Moon Fall" (2010), "The Bronze Mirror" (2010), "The Black Diamond" (English copy - 2012), and "Red Coral" (2012).

The event is due to begin at 5 p.m. at the Trung Nguyen Creative Space, 52 Hai Ba Trung Street, Hanoi.

Further information about the Italian writer can be obtained at

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