Author. Born in Bologna, Italy, into a Jewish family. He published his first book, "Una Città di Pianura" (1940), under a pseudonym because of Mussolini's anti-Semitic policies, and was active as an anti-fascist fighter during World War II. Bassani is best remembered for his novel "Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini", which earned him the Viareggio Award. It was later adapted into an Oscar-winning film. His many works also include "Cinque Stories Ferraresi", "Passeggiata Prima di Cena", and "Gli Occhiali d'Oro". He died in Rome.
Bio by: José L Bernabé Tronchoni