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Luigi Bonaffini

Luigi Bonaffini has translated over fourteen books, has edited or coedited five trilingual anthologies of Italian dialect poetry, and is the editor of Journal of Italian Translation. He most recently coedited the anthology Poets of the Italian Diaspora (Fordham University Press, 2013). His other honors include the 2014 Translation Prize from the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Italian National Translation Prize by the Italian Government in 2003. He is Tow Professor of Italian language and literature at Brooklyn College and lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Bonaffini's The Bedroom (Chelsea Editions, 2013), a translation of Attilio Bertolucci’s La Camera Da Letto, received the 2014 Raiziss/ de Palchi Book Prize. About Bonaffini’s The Bedroom, judge Luigi Fontanella said: “American readers owe a great debt to Luigi Bonaffini for his astonishing achievement in translating La Camera Da Letto. He was able not only to reproduce in English the variegated waves of the imaginative rhythms and plastic energy of Bertolucci’s versification, but also to underscore the epic vastness of his inspiration, a vastness which the American reader will ideally link, for its inner elective affinities, to such great masters of English poetry as Wordsworth, Whitman, and Frost.”

Luigi Bonaffini