Salvatore Mannuzzu

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Salvatore Mannuzzu (born 1930) is an Italian writer, politician, and magistrate.

Mannuzzu was born in Pitigliano. He was a magistrate until 1976 and a member of the Italian Parliament until 1987. He is considered, with Giulio Angioni[1] and Sergio Atzeni,[2] one of the initiators of the so-called Sardinian Literary Nouvelle Vague,[3] or Sardinian Literary Spring, the Sardinian narrative in Europe, which followed the work of figures such as Grazia Deledda, Emilio Lussu, Giuseppe Dessì, Gavino Ledda, Salvatore Satta.

Mannuzzu's most successful novel is Procedura (1988. Einaudi), winner of Italy's Viareggio's Prize in 1989. It is a detective story where the nameless narrator is an investigative judge who has to discover Valerio Garau's killer. Garau is an attorney from Sassari in Sardinia, who is poisoned to death while having coffee with his lover. The story unfolds in two years, 1978 and 1979, during a critical period for Italy, marked by a wave of terrorism. In 2000 the director Antonello Grimaldi has made the film Un delitto impossibile from this novel, which is also considered (with the coeval L'oro di Fraus by Giulio Angioni), the origin of a genre of Sardinian detective stories (giallo sardo).[4][5]


  • Procedura (novel) 1988
  • Un morso di formica (novel) 1989
  • La figlia perduta (short stories) 1992
  • Le ceneri del Montiferro (novel) 1994
  • II terzo suono (novel) 1995
  • Corpus (poems) 1997
  • Il catalogo (novel) 2000
  • Alice (novel) 2001
  • Le fate dell'inverno (novel) 2004
  • La ragazza perduta (novel) 2011
  • Snuff o l'arte di morire (novel) 2013


  1. ^ Giulio Angioni, Cartas de logu: scrittori sardi allo specchio, CUEC 2007
  2. ^ Sergio Atzeni, L'indagine di Mannuzzu nel torbido di una Sassari/Italia, in "Linea d'ombra", January 1989
  3. ^ Goffredo Fofi, Sardegna, che Nouvelle vague!, Panorama, novembre 2003 "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 23 March 2014. Retrieved 10 June 2013.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ Oreste del Buono, L'isola del mistero, "Panorama", 17 July 1988 p. 18
  5. ^ Geno Pampaloni, Sardegna calibro 9, "Il giornale", 29 October 1988
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