Literary Birthday – 24 March – Dario Fo

Dario Fo was born 24 March 1926 and died 13 October 2016.


  1. A theatre, a literature, an artistic expression that does not speak for its own time has no relevance.
  2. Know how to live the time that is given you.
  3. Even before Europe was united in an economic level or was conceived at the level of economic interests and trade, it was culture that united all the countries of Europe. The arts, literature, music are the connecting link of Europe.
  4. With comedy I can search for the profound.
  5. It is extremely dangerous to talk about limits or borders. It is vital, instead, that we remain completely open, that we are always involved, and that we aim to contribute personally in social events.

Dario Fo was an Italian actor and playwright. He won the 1997 Nobel Prize in Literature. He was also a comedian, singer, theatre director, stage designer, songwriter, painter, and political campaigner for the Italian left wing. The Nobel committee called him a writer ‘who emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden’. His works include The Pope’s Daughter: A Novel of Lucrezia Borgia and Accidental Death of an Anarchist.

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 by Amanda Patterson

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Posted on: 24th March 2019