Valentino Zeichen, Italian poet and author, Died at 78

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Valentino Zeichen, sometimes incorrectly spelled Zaichen was born in 1938, in Fiume, Italy and 2016, in Rome.

He was an Italian poet and writer.

His origins are somewhat obscure, and his year of birth is unclear.

Whilst he took German language the word Zeichen means “sign”, and it has been suggested that his birth name is Giuseppe Mario Moses, an almost certainly Jewish surname.

However, denied this claim.

He was the son of an Italian-speaking Istrian gardener, Zeichen moved with his family to Parma as a refugee.

During 1950 they moved to Rome, where Zeichen currently still lives, next to the Via Flaminia.

Zeichen began to write poems at the age of 18, influenced by surrealist authors like Breton and Prévert.

Zeichen’s first work was published in 1969 on the literary review Nuova Corrente. Zeichen’s first novel, Tana per tutti, was released in 1983.

His poetry has been praised for its ability to quickly hook the reader, and has a subtle humour within it.

There was a literary award named after him, the Premio Zeichen, is held every December in Rome.

He himself was the only member of the jury.

Valentino Zeichen passed away at 78 years old.

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