Domenico Starnone (Saviano, near Naples,1943) is an Italian writer, screenwriter and journalist. He lives in Rome. He has worked for several newspapers and satirical magazines, including L’Unità, Il Manifesto, Tango, and Cuore, often describing episodes of his life as a high school teacher. In 2001, he was the recipient of Italy’s most prestigious literary prize, Premio Strega, with the novel Via Gemito. He also works as screenwriter. The movies based on his books are La scuola (by Daniele Luchetti, 1995), Denti (by Gabriele Salvatores, 2000), and Lacci(by Daniele Luchetti, 2020) which opened the 77th Venice Film Festival. Winner of the First Edition of the book award The Bridge in 2015, Lacci has been translated in English by Pulitzer Prize-winning author and translator Jhumpa Lahiri, and published in the US by Europa Edition.