Gabriele Pedullà

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Gabriele Pedullà
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Born1972 (age 51–52)
Alma materUniversity of Milan
  • Italian Fiction Writer
  • Literary Critic
  • Political Theorist

Gabriele Pedullà (1972) is an Italian fiction writer, literary critic, and political theorist.


Gabriele Pedullà graduated from "La Sapienza" in 1997 after studying for one year at the École des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales; then he earned a PhD from the University of Milan "La Statale" (2002). After teaching at the University of Teramo for some years, since 2009 he has been a professor of Italian Literature at the University of Roma Tre and visiting professor at Stanford (2010), UCLA (2014), Princeton (2018), Berkeley (2023), and the École Normale Supérieure (Lyon). He has been fellow at Villa I Tatti – The Harvard Center for Renaissance Studies in Florence (2007), and at Italian Academy for Advanced Studies in America della Columbia University (2018) and member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton[1] (2019 e 2022).

He works principally on early modern political thought and nineteenth- and twentieth-century fiction, with special attention to the intersections between literature and politics. Apart from his first book, La strada più lunga. Sulle tracce di Beppe Fenoglio (Donzelli, 2001), all his principal monographs have also appeared in English: In Broad Daylight: Movies and Spectators after the Cinema (Verso, 2012); Machiavelli in Tumult: The Discourses on Livy and the Origins of Political Conflictualism (Cambridge University Press, 2018); and On Niccolò Machiavelli: The Bonds of Politics (Columbia University Press, 2023).

With Sergio Luzzatto, he edited a three-volume Atlante della letteratura italiana (Einaudi, 2010-2012). He is also the general editor of the new commented edition of Cesare Pavese for the Garzanti (2021-). He has also published three anthologies: the best-selling Vv.Aa., Racconti della Resistenza (Einaudi, 2005); Vv.Aa., Parole al potere. Discorsi politici italiani: 1861-1994 (Bur, 2011); and Vv.Aa., Racconti del Risorgimento (Garzanti, 2021). His reviews and literary essays appear in the literary supplement of “Il Sole 24 Ore” and “L’Espresso.”

Gabriele Pedullà is also the author of three books of fiction: the short-story collections Lo spagnolo senza sforzo (Einaudi, 2009, partially translated into English for the "Chicago Literary Review": Prize Mondello for a Debut Fiction; Prize Verga; Prize Frontino; Prize Cutro); Biscotti della fortuna (Einaudi, 2020: SuperPrize Flaiano[2]) ; and the novel Lame (Einaudi, 2017: Prize Carlo Levi; Prize Martoglio).

He is the curator of the Festival of the Resistance for the Commune of Rome (23-25 April 2023), whose first edition was attended by more the 13,000 people in three days[1].

Main Works


  • Lame, Torino, Einaudi, 2017. ISBN 978-88-06-23330-3.

Short Stories Collections

  • Lo spagnolo senza sforzo, Torino, Einaudi, 2009. ISBN 978-88-06-19624-0.
  • Biscotti della fortuna, Torino, Einaudi, 2020. ISBN 9788806243944.

Movie Criticism

  • Claude Sautet, Roma, Dino Audino, 1996.
  • In piena luce: i nuovi spettatori e il sistema delle arti, Milano, Bompiani, 2008 ISBN 978-88-452-6077-3. English Translation: In Broad Daylight: Movies and Spectators after the Cinema, London-New York, Verso, 2012 ISBN 9781844678532.

Literary Criticism

  • La strada più lunga: sulle tracce di Beppe Fenoglio, Roma, Donzelli, 2001. ISBN 9788879896115.
  • Atlante della letteratura italiana, ed. (with Sergio Luzzatto), 3 voll., Torino, Einaudi, 2010-2012. ISBN 978-88-06-18525-1.
  • Machiavelli in tumulto: conquista, cittadinanza e conflitto nei «Discorsi sopra la prima deca di Tito Livio», Roma, Bulzoni, 2011. ISBN 978-88-7870-647-7. English Translation: Machiavelli in Tumult. The Discourses on Livy and the Origins of Political Conflictualism. Cambridge-New York, Cambridge University Press, 2018 ISBN 9781107177277.

Main Edited Volumes

  • AA.VV., Racconti della Resistenza, Torino, Einaudi, 2005. ISBN 978-88-06-17241-1.
  • AA.VV., Parole al potere. Discorsi politici italiani, Milano, BUR, 2011. ISBN 978-88-17-02520-1.
  • Beppe Fenoglio, Il libro di Johnny, Torino, Einaudi, 2015. ISBN 9788806225438.
  • Federico De Roberto, La paura e altri racconti di guerra, Milano, Garzanti, 2015. ISBN 978-8811811008.
  • Federico De Roberto, L'Imperio, Milano, Garzanti, 2019. ISBN 978-8811811558.
  • AA.VV., Racconti del Risorgimento, Milano, Garzanti, 2021. ISBN 9788811001812.
  • Cesare Pavese, Prima che il gallo canti, Milano, Garzanti, 2021. ISBN 9788811816379.
  • Niccolò Machiavelli, Il principe. Nuova edizione annotata, Roma, Donzelli, 2022. ISBN 9788855223041.


  1. Prof. Gabriele Pedullà: informazioni personali sul sito
  2. Giuliano Di Tanna (5 July 2020). "Il Super Flaiano di Narrativa ai Biscotti di Gabriele Pedullà". il Centro. Retrieved 8 July 2020.

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