Alessandro Baricco

Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in 1958. He is the author of many novels, including Silk and Without Blood, all of which have been translated into English. His novel Silk became a film starring Kiera Knightley in 2007 and he has also produced collections of essays and a theatrical monologue. He lives in Italy.



The sea, as the Baron saw from the geographer's charts, was far away. But above all – he saw in his dreams – it was terrible, exaggeratedly beautiful, terribly powerful, inhuman and inmical: marvellous.

Ocean Sea

Alessandro Baricco

The only visible sign of his power was a woman lying beside him, unmoving, her head resting on his lap, eyes closed, arms hidden under a loose red robe that spread around her, like a flame, on the ash-coloured mat

Silk

Alessandro Baricco