Nicola Gardini is an Italian writer who has published numerous volumes of fiction, literary criticism, poetry, and translations. His latest novel, Fauci, is a musical novel, set in mid-eighties Milan, starring a hysterical soprano, a heroic dog, two friends who desperately try to become lovers, and numerous weird extras. His previous novel Le parole perdute di Amelia Lynd (Feltrinelli, 2012) received the Premio Viareggio 2012 and the Zerilli Marimò Prize, and will be published in America by New Directions in 2015. As a critic, he has recently published a book on 52 classics of Italian literature (Per una biblioteca indispensabile, Einaudi, 2011) and an introduction to the Italian Renaissance (Rinascimento, Einaudi, 2010). In 2009, he published the memoir I baroni (Feltrinelli), a scathing denunciation of academic corruption in Italy. His new translation of Catullus’ poems in Italian verse has just appeared and his book on the aesthetics of lacunosity will be published in September by Einaudi. He teaches Italian Renaissance literature at the University of Oxford and is a member of Keble College. His website is www.nicolagardini.com.