Who Am I

My name is Sergio Baratto. I was born in the province of Milan on the 18th of June, 1973. Great year (though I obviously have no memory of it): a lot of awesome music, photographs in saturated colors, miniskirts and bell-bottom jeans.

My ancestors were apes.
A few drops of neanderthalian blood flow in my veins.
My roots are celtic, italic, germanic, mediterranean, middle-eastern, african.
I’m italian, european, citizen of the world, son of the Earth, inhabitant of the Solar System, member of the Milky way.
All this necessarily makes me an internationalist :-D

I graduated from the University of Milan in Russian language and literature with a thesis on Soviet rock music.

My first personal / public blog was called “Tunga!” and survived from March 2003 to December 2011 on Splinder. The whole archive of those almost nine years can be consulted here on this blog.

From 2003 to 2005 I was part of the Nazione Indiana collective. In 2005 I was one of the founders of the blog Il primo amore, and since then I have been part of his editorial board. Since 2007 I am also editor of the homonymous paper magazine.

Politics: libertarian socialist, Zapatist-Leopardian Division, Camillo Berneri Brigade, Dostoevskij Column, Victor Serge Company.

I can’t stand stupidity, arrogance, arrivisme, and the dogma of irony.
(But also tankies, conspiracists & anti-vaxxers.)

I hate nationalism, fascism, bigotry, anti-Semitism, racism.
Injustice, authoritarianism, prevarication.
Homophobia, sexism and violence against women.

The things I love are too many, so I will list only a very small part of them here as a sample:

Condensed milk
Illuminated windows
Conlang
Murasaki Shikibu
Pink Floyd
Jazz music
John Coltrane
Sacred music
Mountains
Twilights
Insurrections against evil powers

In 2012 my first book, Diario di un’insurrezione (Diary of an Insurrection), was published by Effigie.
In 2016 my first novel, La Steppa (The Steppe), published by Mondadori Strade Blu, won the Giuseppe Berto Award.

«Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité.»