Poetry. Translated from the Italian with an Introduction by Gianpiero W. Doebler. First published in 1976, Il disperso (THE MISSING) was the initial collection by the Milanese poet Maurizio Cucchi. Part of the first generation of writers born after the Second World War, Cucchi's debut drew praise from such critics as Pier Paolo Pasolini, who described his verse as an "Italian revelation." Using both literary language and everyday speech, the multiple voices in these poems explore themes of loss, uncertainty, curiosity and sexuality in "narratives" full of temporal shifts and fragmentary thoughts.
MAURIZIO CUCCHI, born 1945 in Milan, is an outstanding and prolific writer of present-day Italy. He has published a dozen collections of poetry, three novels and translations of Stendahl, Flaubert and Mallarmé into Italian. He writes for numerous magazines, does sports reportage and enjoys a reputation as the author of La traversata di Milano (Crossing Milan, 2007), an evocative walking tour of his native city. Cucchi is the recipient of numerous awards, including the Viareggio Prize and the Montale Prize.Author City: Milan ITA