Sebastiano Vassalli is a famous Italian novelist. He was born in Genova in 1941 but lives in Novara, a small town that's placed close to Milan and Malpensa International Airport. In his twenties and thirties he was a high school teacher and since the seventies he's a full time writer.

His most famous novel is called La Chimera and is about a witch being burnt on the stake in the seventeenth century. It's a very well made historical reconstruction and a very well written and fascinating novel by itself (I liked it more than the more famous The Name of The Rose by Umberto Eco, but I think it's a matter of personal taste). It should be translated and available in all major languages.

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