About me (English version)

GIOVANNI MARGARONE
Writer

“When I finish a book I’m tired, but everything is won by the magic of the words that will go to find you, my readers”

(Giovanni Margarone)

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BIOGRAPHY

Giovanni Margarone was born in 1965 in Alessandria, to a Sicilian father and a Ligurian mother; he lived in Savona until he was twenty-one, when he left his land for work reasons in 1986.

Assiduous reader and profound lover of literature, philosophy and music, he has always had a natural vocation for writing and music since the age of 12, when in parallel with the study of the piano, he wrote novels and short stories, never published, which he jealously always kept among the relics of his youth.

Growing up, he turned a keen attention to nineteenth-century Russian, French and German literature (in particular Dostoevsky, Flaubert, Proust, Goethe, Gogol, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, Prévost, Balzac to name a few); without forgetting the references to the Italian twentieth century, in the figures, among others, of Pirandello, Svevo, Cassola, Calvino, Cesare Pavese and Umberto Eco. Authors who taught him, inevitably contributing to his literary and stylistic maturation.

His is a narrative characterized by calmness alternating with intensity, which leaves the reader the opportunity to imagine and become intrigued to the point of continuing the reading to the end, all in one breath.

His novels are of the coming-of-age narrative genre due to the evolution that they make (first and foremost interior, and not only) the protagonists (from childhood to adulthood, often going back to the origins, delving into the history of the character). The introspective and psychological component is strong, so the character always remains the central element of the narratives, which could therefore be set in any place. For this reason, the descriptions of the places in which the characters move essentially act as a support, without however weighing it down, but granting the right emphasis. However, this support is not bland, as the writer has a particular ability to describe settings, in fact, by reading, the imagination ranges between colors, cold and heat, twilights, skies, the sea, sounds and noises.

The writer’s works have received numerous awards in national and international literary competitions, confirming the narrative quality, both of plot and style; he also writes editorials and is often interviewed on radio, television and print media. He also has two essays to his credit given his sensitivity to the problems of our society. In 2021, moreover, he obtained the third place in the US competition “1th Annual Short Story Contest” of the Winsconsin with the story in English language “The Secret” and so he plans to propose himself overseas.

In his interviews, the writer has always said that writing cheers him up, bringing him to a profound inner serenity; that he writes to be read, because if he wrote only for himself, it would be an incomplete activity: nothing is more important than sharing ideas for the purpose of ever greater intellectual maturation.

Of course, writing to be read is a great responsibility, but for him it could not be otherwise, as he considers writing as the most effective means to convey feelings, emotions, to induce meditation, as happens for music, after all.

Spirituality is part of ourselves and the spirit must be nourished. The writer always hopes that the reader will draw nourishment for his spirit from his writings and make him the message conveyed through the books.

Being read also means exposing oneself to criticism and the writer is aware of this. Inescapably, every artist who puts his works in public exhibits himself and that’s right. Criticism makes the artist grow and mature, Margarone always says.

Regarding his works, he has so far written and published three novels:

“Note fragili” (2018, second edition, Ed. Kimerik),
“Le ombre delle verità svelate (2018, second edition, Ed. Kimerik),
“E ascoltai solo me stesso” (2019, second edition, Ed. Kimerik;

and two essays:

“Oltre l’orizzonte” (2013, YCP),
“2020 il mondo si è fermato, ci avrà insegnato qualcosa?” (2021, Amazon).

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AWARDS

“Note fragili” obtained:

1st place in the literary and photographic competition “The voice of Nature: Harmony, Wellness and Spirituality” 2nd Edition 2019 in Rome;
“Special Mention” at the literary prize “Mino De Blasio” 2019 of San Marco dei Cavoti (BN);
“Reporting of Merit” at the “10th Literary Competition City of Grottammare 2019”;
“Miropenso Award” at the II international competition “Gian Antonio Cibotto 2019” in Rovigo;
“3rd place at the” Literary competition for poets and storytellers 2019 “in Rogliano (CS).

“Le ombre delle verità svelate” obtained:

“2nd place” finalist ex aequo “at the” Excellence “competition of Castiglione Cosentino 2018 with the first edition;
“3rd place” at the Asas 2019 International Prize in Messina;
“4th place” finalist ex aequo of the competition “III Maria Cumani Quasimodo Award” 2019;
“Honorable Mention” finalist at the National Artists Competition for Peppino Impastato – 2nd Edition 2019 in Milan;
“Reporting certificate” at the 2018 Unicamilano Tournament Literary Competition;
“Certificate of Merit” finalist at the Medusa Aurea Trophy – AIAM Rome Salvatore Quasimodo Award;
“Jury Prize” to the International Literary Prize The Pinwheel of the Words of Limbiate (MB) 2nd Edition 2019.

“E ascoltai solo me stesso” he obtained:

“2nd Place” at the International Literary Prize “Lilly Brogi La Pergola Arte 2019” XI Ed. Of Florence;
“Honorable Mention” at the “International Literary Prize of Poetry and Virgil Fiction in Antica Atella” II edition 2019 of Frattaminore (NA);
“The City of Roger Special Prize” at the 5th International Poetry and Fiction Competition City of Cefalù 2019 “;
“Finalist at the” Gaio Valerio Catullo Prize “in Rome;
“Honorable Mention” at the 11th City of Grottammare 2020 Literary Competition “.

Currently I continue to participate in various literary competitions.

The works are described in My books.

I thank all those who have always believed in me.

Special thanks go to the editorial curator Enrico Marras, artist and poet, for the patience and professionalism always demonstrated, to my Press Office, the Journalist Francesca Ghezzani   and to the literary agent Virginia Villa of the literary agency “La sinossi” .

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