Isabella Santacroce

Isabella Santacroce was born on 30 April 1970 in Riccione, where she lives. She is a writer of ecstasy; her projects represent the ecstatic overcoming of conventions.

She published her first literary work, Fluo, in 1995. The novels Destroy and Luminal completed her first trilogy. Bestselling author Alessandro Baricco declared that Destroy is ‘a book to read’, and praised Santacroce’s talent. She was associated with the 1990s’ Italian literary group Giovani Cannibali (Young Cannibals).The writer and critic Cesare Garboli stated that she is one of the 50 most representative authors of the second half of the 20th century, for her ‘high quality, hypnotic, enchanting, and in all respects “hallucinogenic”’ prose.

In 1998, she published Kurt Cobain e Courtney Love. Canzoni maledette (Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love. Cursed Songs), a collection of translations of selected lyrics by the rock-bands Nirvana and Hole. The following year, she started a long-lasting collaboration with her friend, the famous singer Gianna Nannini. She later collaborated with artists Cosimo Damiano Damato and Giovanni Block Quartet in the theatre performance Via Crucis. She was interviewed several times on Italian television, shocking her interviewers and audience with her sarcastic and cryptic answers, theatrical gestures and gothic outfit.

Extract from the article by Matthew Mild 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 14th August 2015.



1995 - Fluo. Storie di giovani a Riccione

1996 - Destroy

1998 - Luminal

1998 - Kurt Cobain e Courtney Love. Canzoni maledette

2001 - Lovers

2004 - Revolver

2005 - Dark Demonia

2006 - Zoo

2007 - V.M.18

2010 - Lulù Delacroix

2012 - Amorino


2011 - Metamnetic Motion and Grotesque Female Bodies: Revolt, Excess and Ambiguity in European Women Writers, by Mattia Marino (London: SAS-Space, 2011)

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