Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in 1958. He is also the author of Castelli di rabbia, which won the Prix Médicis and Campiello prize, and Oceano mare, which won the Viareggio and Palazzo del Bosco prizes. He has also written works in the field of musicology. He is highly regarded in Italy for his television programmes, on opera and literature. Silk, which became an immediate bestseller in Italy, has been published in sixteen languages-including Japanese.
Guido Waldman's translations from Italian include a prose translation of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso and Boccaccio's Decameron . He was editor of the Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories. This translation of Silk has been awarded the Weidenfeld Translation Prize.