Gabriella Ghermandi

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Gabriella Ghermandi (born 1965) is an Italo-Ethiopian writer and performer.[1] Ghermandi's writing focuses on the intersection of African (specifically Ethiopian) and Italian identity.[2]

Early Life

Ghermandi was born in Addis Ababa to an Italian father from Bologna and an Italo-Ethiopian mother. Ghermandi's mother was originally born to an Italian military officer and Eritrean mother who were separated due to racial policies of the then Fascist-controlled colony Italian East Africa before marrying Ghermandi's Italian father following the end of the Fascist Italy (1922–1943)|Fascist Italian government.[1] Ghermandi states that she was brought up "white" by her mother, stating that her mom had faced exclusion from the Ethiopian community when she was being raised in an Italian convent due to her mixed-race status.[3] Following the death of her father, Ghermandi moved to Bologna at the age of 14. In her adolescence in Bologna, Ghermandi has stated feeling homesick and having a longing for her community in Ethiopia.[1]


Ghermandi gained recognition in 1999, winning the Elks&Tra Literary Prize for migrant writers through the publisher Fara Editore. She went on two win third place two more times in 2001 and 2003 in the same competition. [4] In 2003, Ghermandi was one of the founders of the online literary journal El Ghibli. In 2010, Ghermandi started the Atse Tewodros Project, a music project named for Tewodros II|Atse Tewodros II, the first Ethiopian emperor not of Royal descent. The project's first CD was originally self-released on CD in 2013 and then was released by the label ARC Music in 2016, titled Ethiopia - Celebrating Emperor Tewodros II.[5] Since 2018, Ghermandi has been working on another project titled Maqeda, named for the Ethiopian name of the Queen of Sheba, focusing on femininity in Ethiopian mythology.[6]



  • Il telefono del quartiere (1999)
  • Quel certo temperamento focoso (2001)
  • Regina di fiori e di perle (2007. Donzelli Editore)[7] English tr. (2015. Indiana University Press)[8]


  • Ethiopia - Celebrating Emperor Tewodros II (2016. ARC Music)[9]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Lavagnino, Claire. "Gabriella Ghermandi". Lissan Online. Lissan Magazine. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  2. McFaul, Kelsey (December 27, 2019). "Fractured and Fluid Identity: On Igiaba Scego's "Beyond Babylon"". Los Angeles Review of Books. Los Angeles Review of Books. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  3. "ITALIAN-ETHIOPIAN GABRIELLA GHERMANDI COMES TO IRELAND FOR LAUNCH OF DEBUT NOVEL". International Student Magazine Yeah!. Yeah! Magazine. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  4. "Gabriella Ghermandi". Words Without Borders. Words Without Borders. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  5. "Atse Tewodros Project". Gabriella Ghermandi. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  6. "Maqeda". Gabriella Ghermandi. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  7. "Gabriella Ghermandi". Gabriella Ghermandi.
  8. "Queen of Flowers and Pearls: A Novel". Indiana University Press. The Trustees of Indiana University. Retrieved 29 August 2020.
  9. "Ethiopia - Celebrating Emperor Atse Tewodros II". ARC Music. ARC Music Productions International Limited.

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