Simona Vinci was born on 6 March 1970 in Milan. She studied and now lives in Bologna and, early in her career, was part of a group of young writers who published the online magazine, Incubatoio 16. She is one of the authors most commonly associated with the Giovani Cannibali movement.
Vinci made her literary debut in 1997 with Dei bambini non si sa niente (A Game We Play). The novel was widely praised by both the public and critically, winning the Elsa Morante award in 2000 for the best debut work, and being translated and published in twelve countries. With its graphic depictions of child sexuality, pornography and violence, it also provoked a great deal of controversy. Centring on inter-generational conflict and providing a bleak dystopia of family life, it was to prefigure some of the themes that she would return to in later works.
In 1999, Vinci published a collection of short stories, In tutti i sensi come l'amore (In Every Sense Like Love), which was also widely translated. The thirteen stories deal with obsession, questioning the definition of love at the end of the 20th century. Written in a dark, detached style, Vinci’s stories observe rather than judge. Her next major work, Come prima delle madri (2003), whose title, cites Morante, is set during fascism and offers a child’s perspective on violence committed by adults.
She has also written works for children, including Corri Matilda (1998) and Matildacity (1998). In recent works, she appears to be moving ever further from her ‘pulp’ roots, with works of investigative fiction that explore the degradation of the environment and the damaging consequences of progress.
Extract from the article by Alex Standen on the website of The Centre for the Study of Contemporary Women's Writing, Institute of Modern Languages Research, University of London. Published here with the author's consent. Original article accessed on 21st November 2015.
1997 - Dei bambini non si sa niente - A Game We Play, translated by Minna Proctor (1999)
1998 - Corri Matilda
1998 - Matildacity
1999 - In tutti i sensi come l'amore - In Every Sense Like Love: Stories, translated by Minna Proctor (2001)
2003 - Come prima delle madri
2004 - Brother and sister
2006 - Stanza 411
2007 - Rovina
2007 - Strada Provinciale Tre
2008 - Nel bianco
2012 - Scheletrina Cicciabomba