Antonio Pennacchi died: the writer was 71 years old
Antonio Pennacchi is dead. The writer, winner of the Strega Prize in 2010 with Canale Mussolini was born in Latina on January 26, 1950. Pennacchi died today, August 3, 2021, at the age of 71. From the first rumors to crush him it would have been a heart attack. Before becoming a successful writer, he started working as a worker at Alcatel Cavi. With his novels he made known to the general public the enterprise of the reclamation of the Pontine countryside, the life, the suffering and the joys of the settlers.
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), a reinterpretation of the thriller A Red Cloud published in 1998, and La strada del mare (2020).
“I learn with great sadness of the sudden death of the writer Antonio Pennacchi who leaves us at the age of 71. A huge loss not only for the city of Latina but for the whole country. His stories have made our territory a literary place, from the Foundation to the present day. It is a true icon of Latina. Pennacchi – comments Damiano Coletta, mayor of Latina – belongs to the patrimony of the city and all Latinos today rightly give him credit. I offer my heartfelt condolences to his family on behalf of the municipal administration and of the whole city of Latina ”.