Alessandro Baricco

Alessandro Baricco is an Italian author, playwright, and musicologist known for his novels and essays. He gained international fame with works such as 'Silk' and 'Ocean Sea', which have been translated into numerous languages. Baricco's writing is characterized by its lyrical and often philosophical style. He has also been involved in various multimedia projects and has contributed to the world of music and performing arts.


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  1. 1. Silk

    "Silk" is a historical fiction novel that tells the story of a 19th-century French silkworm merchant who travels to Japan for business. During his travels, he becomes enamored with a mysterious woman. His unrequited love for her haunts him for the rest of his life, even as he returns to France and continues his life there. The novel explores themes of love, longing, and the profound impact that brief encounters can have on one's life.

    The 1880th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Ocean Sea

    In this lyrical and atmospheric novel, the lives of several characters converge at a remote seaside inn, where the ocean serves as a backdrop to their intertwined stories. The narrative weaves together the tales of a cast that includes a grieving widower, a troubled artist, and a mysterious woman, among others, each drawn to the sea for different reasons. The sea itself becomes a central character, representing the vast and unknowable depths of human emotion and experience. Through poetic prose and philosophical musings, the novel explores themes of love, loss, and the eternal quest for meaning in a world that is both beautiful and cruel.

    The 6618th Greatest Book of All Time
  3. 3. Novecento

    The book is a poignant monologue that tells the story of a gifted pianist born on a transatlantic liner in the early 20th century. Abandoned at birth, he is named after the year of his birth and grows up on the ship, never setting foot on land. His extraordinary talent for piano captivates everyone who hears him play, and his music becomes legendary among travelers and crew alike. The narrative, recounted by a fellow musician and friend, explores themes of belonging, the meaning of home, and the transcendent power of music to connect people across the boundaries of time and space.

    The 6652nd Greatest Book of All Time
  4. 4. City: A Novel

    "City: A Novel" unfolds as a multi-layered narrative that weaves together the lives of various characters, including a precocious child prodigy, a boxer, and a soldier, all residing in an unnamed, dreamlike metropolis. The novel explores themes of isolation, the search for meaning, and the intersection of reality and imagination. Through a series of interconnected stories and a blend of genres, the book creates a tapestry of human experience, reflecting on the nature of cities as spaces where diverse lives converge and the extraordinary can emerge from the mundane.

    The 7032nd Greatest Book of All Time