Fiction. Translated from the Italian by Martha King. Winner of the prestigious Viareggio Literary Prize in 1984, Tosca dei gatti [TOSCA, THE CAT LADY] offers the reader one of the most intriguing characters emanating from the pen of Gina Lagorio. Realizing she is destined to a life alone, Tosca spends her senior years among numerous cats, all of whom are the offspring of her dearly departed feline "Miciamore" (Love Cat). Told from the perspective of the journalist Gigi, Lagorio offers her reader a double-layered text, challenging all the more the reader's interaction with the narrative.
Gina Lagorio lived for many years in Liguria, teaching literature and history. Having moved to Milan, she collaborated with many journals, newspapers, and the Italian State Television RAI. Award-winning author of fifteen novels and nine books of literary criticism, she also wrote for the theater and authored books for children. In addition to winning the Viareggio Prize, she also garnered the Campiello Award and the Fliano Award. She was elected to the Italian Parliament in 1988 and served for five years, as a memeber of the Independent Left. She died in 2005, after a long illness. Author City: MILAN ITA