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Ferrucci, Franco

Writer and literary critic Ferrucci has been living in the Unites States for many years and is Professor of Italian at Rutgers University in New Jersey. As a scholar, he has concentrated mostly on Italian authors of the Enlightenment and of Romanticism, and on the concept of myth throughout western culture. He has written numerous novels, amongst them Il cappello di Panama (The Panama Hat) (1973), Il Mondo creato (1986), translated as The World according to God, and Lontano da casa (Far Away from Home) (1996). Ferrucci’s narrative is characterized by a search-often within the broader context of a cosmological pessimism-for a stable and positive existential condition, the possibility of which is usually only glimpsed or barely guessed by the characters of his books.