Antonio Tabucchi was born in Pisa in 1943. His first work of fiction appeared in 1975 and since then he has published over a dozen novels, collections of short stories and theatrical dialogues in a career that has made him one of the most representative of contemporary Italian writers. He is Professor of Portugese language and literature at the University of Genoa and recognised as the leading Italian scholar in this field. He is a specialist on the work of Fernando Pessoa, whom he has translated into Italian. Some of Antonio’s fiction includes Letter from Casablanca, Little Misunderstandings of No Importance and Dreams of Dreams. Antonio was also nominated for the Man Booker International Prize in 2005 and 2007.