Carlo Emilio Gadda (1893-1973)

Death: 21st May 1973
Location: Cimitero Acattolico (Protestant Cemetery), Rome, Lazio, Italy
Photo taken by: Massimo Consoli
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Italian writer and poet. He studded in Milan, but left his studies when he volunteered for World War I. During the war he was taken prisoner and spent several months in a German POW camp. Gadda returned to his studies after the war and graduated in 1920. He worked as an engineer until he devoted himself to literature in the 1940s. 
Gadda was a language innovator, who played with the stiff standard pre-war Italian language, and added elements of dialects, technical jargon and wordplay to his work. He is best known for the crime novel Quer pasticciaccio brutto de via Merulana / That Awful Mess On The Via Merulana(1946); in which he experiments heavily with language.