Michela Marzano

Michela Marzano is a philosopher and writer born in Rome in 1970. She became Professor and Head of the Social Sciences Department (SHS – Sorbonne) at the University Paris Descartes after having earned her PhD at the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. She is the editor of a book series in philosophy for PUF and has authored numerous articles. She is known for her comprehensive considerations on the human body and human beings’ carnality. She published for Mondadori (2011) the heartfelt confession Volevo essere una farfalla (I Wanted to Be a Butterfly), a touching memento of her anorexic past. For the same publisher she wrote Estensione del Dominio della Manipolazione (Extension of the Dominion of Manipulation) in 2009, Sii bella e stai zitta (Be Pretty and Shut Up) in 2010, La fine del desiderio (The End of Desire) in 2012, and Avere fiducia (Being Confident) in 2013. For UTET she published in 2013 L’amore è tutto: è tutto ciò che so dell’amore (Love Is Everything: That’s Everything I Know About Love), which won the Bancarella Prize in 2014; and in 2015 Papà, mamma e gender (Dad, Mum and Gender). In L’amore che mi resta (The Love that remains to me), her last novel published by Einaudi in 2017, she questions whether it is possible to survive the death of one’s offspring. The book is a journey that investigates loss and emotions, and also – and maybe especially – love and motherhood. She currently lives in Paris and writes for La Repubblica .