Ferocity: Nicola Lagioia and Michael Reynolds

Friday October 27, 2017
07:00 pm

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Described as “a mesmerizing exploration of failure, resilience, and profound, multifaceted loss” (Kirkus), the Strega Prize-winning novel Ferocity by acclaimed writer and editor Nicola Lagioia made its debut in English this October from Europa Editions. The complex story of a brother seeking to get to the bottom of his sister's death, Ferocity is a mix of noir, gothic horror story and family saga set in Lagioia's native Puglia.


In her correspondence with Lagioia, catalogued in Frantumaglia: A Writer's Journey, Elena Ferrante described reading Ferocity with “great enthusiasm,” finding on each page “confirmation of your great, truthful passion for literature.”


Lagioia discussed this ambitious and vivid work of fiction with Michael Reynolds, editor-in-chief of Europa Editions.


This event was presented in partnership with the Italian Cultural Institute. Founded in 1961, the Italian Cultural Institute of New York is an office of the Italian government, dedicated to the promotion of Italian language and culture in the United States through the organization of cultural events. Read more



Italy’s most critically acclaimed contemporary novelist, Nicola Lagioia won the 2015 Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, with Ferocity. His novels have also won the Volponi, Straniero, and Viareggio literary awards. In 2010 he was named one of Italy’s best writers under 40. He is a jury member of the Venice Film Festival and the program director of the 2017 Turin Book Fair. Lagioia is a contributor to Italy’s most prominent culture pages. He was born in Bari, and lives in Rome. Ferocity is his English-language debut.


Michael Reynolds is Editor-in-chief of Europa Editions, where he has worked since  2005. He was born in Australia in 1968 and now lives in New York with his family.