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De Carlo, Andrea

Novelist, scriptwriter and director After travelling in Australia and the United States and working as a waiter, musician, teacher and photographer, De Carlo devoted himself to literature and cinema. He published critically acclaimed novels, amongst them Treno di panna (Train of Cream) (1981)—prefaced by Italo Calvino and later made into a movie by the author himselfand also worked as assistant to Federico Fellini in the making of E la nave va (And the Ship Sails On) (1983). By employing a cinematic narrative technique to express his characters’ perception of the surface of things, De Carlo represented Italian youth culture from the 1960s onwards, and its easy manipulation by the media. In later novels such as Tecniche di seduzione (Techniques of Seduction) (1991) and Uto (1995), there is an increasing interest in psychological themes and environmental issues to document both the individual and collective search for social and political identity.