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Giulio Mozzi

Giulio Mozzi (born 1960, Padua, Italy) has more than twenty-five books of fiction, poetry, and nonfiction with prestigious presses such as Mondadori and Einaudi. His prize-winning collection, Questo è il giardino (Theoria, 1993), includes “L’apprendista” (“The Apprentice”), which was included in Mondadori’s prestigious anthology of the best Italian short stories of the twentieth century, Racconti italiani del Novecento (2001).   “Cover Letter” is the first story of this collection, This Is The Garden, which is forthcoming from Open Letter Books and is Mozzi’s first volume of stories to appear in English.


Elizabeth Harris‘s translations from Italian appear in numerous literary journals and twice in the Dalkey Archive Press anthology, Best European Fiction, with work by Giulio Mozzi (2010) and Marco Candida (2011). Her translated books include Mario Rigoni Stern’s novel Giacomo’s Seasons (Autumn Hill Books), Giulio Mozzi’s story collection This Is the Garden (Open Letter Books), and Antonio Tabucchi’s novel Tristano Dies (forthcoming from Archipelago Books), for which she won a 2013 PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant.

Summer 2009

Cover Letter

By Giulio Mozzi, translated by Elizabeth Harris

From the Italian.    Dear Signorina, Please find enclosed your two letters (I imagine you recognized them right away), which I’m returning because I don’t think it puts me at […]