Antonio Pennacchi died: the causes of the writer’s death
Today, 3 August 2021, Antonio Pennacchi died at the age of 71. The writer had won the Strega Prize in 2010 with his book Canale Mussolini. But what were the causes of Pennacchi’s death? According to the first rumors, it would have been a sudden illness, probably a heart attack. The writer died in his home in Latina, the Lazio town where he was born on January 26, 1950. According to what reconstructed by Il Messaggero, the writer who won the Strega prize was on the phone when his wife never heard from him again. At that point she became aware of the illness, called for help, but unfortunately there would be nothing more to do for her husband.
Pennacchi devoted himself to politics first in the ranks of the MSI and then in those of the Italian Marxist-Leninist Party. Between the 70s and 80s he joined the PSI, the CGIL and then the UIL. In 1983, during a period of layoffs, he graduated in Literature and Philosophy to then embrace a career as a writer. The debut in 1995 with Mammut, followed by da Palude. Story of love, ghosts and transplants.
In 2003 he published Il Beam Communist. Vita scriteriata by Accio Benassi, an autobiographical novel from which the film My brother is an only child was based in 2007, directed by Daniele Luchetti. In 2010 Canale Mussolini was released, a finalist for the Campiello Prize and winner of the Strega. He then signed Storia di Karel (2013), Camerata Neandertal. Books, ghosts and various funerals (2014), Canale Mussolini. Part Two (2015), Il delitto di Agora (2018), reinterpretation of the thriller A Red Cloud published in 1998, and La strada del mare (2020).