Salvatore Cambosu

Salvatore Cambosu

The vocation of one the most important exponents of the Sardinian literary Neorealism, Salvatore Cambosu, has genealogical roots: his father Gavino was actually the maternal uncle of the Nobel Prize winner Grazia Deledda. Like his famous self-taught relative, he never graduated after his classical and academic studies. Despite this, thanks to his deep reflections on the identity of Sardinian people and the past and contemporary history of the island, he became one of the most important Sardinian authors during his ten-year career as a teacher. His considerations on Sardinia - a grainy lump of sweet and unbearable qualities, a "bitter honey" (like the title of his most famous work of 1954) to savor and enjoy – still play a crucial role in the present social, economic and cultural debate. A kind of pedagogical vein seems to cross Cambosu’s production (even his journalist works) and by virtue of his status as an illustrious master, he crucially influenced the poetry of many other artists - not only writers -, who were often his friends, including Maria Lai, who not only was one of the students of his lessons of Italian, but also his friend and confidant. Since 2007 in Orotelli, where he was born and where his House Museum is, the homonymous Foundation has been active.

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