Poet and writer
Bassani, who was born in Bologna into a prosperous Jewish family of Ferrara, moved to Rome in the second after-war period, and started his career as a writer there. His artworks describe the thousand facets of Ferrara: the Jewish community and Catholic groups, the wealthy bourgeoisie and the humble. Walking down Ferrara’s streets and squares, visitors will have the possibility to be pervaded with the intense feelings and emotions offered by his writings. The writer was buried in the city’s Jewish Cemetery (via delle Vigne), a short distance from the walls whose restoration was sponsored by the President of "Italia Nostra".
The city of Ferrara, where Bassani imagined the tomb of Finzi-Contini, dedicated a monument to the great writer, that was realized by the architect Piero Sartogo together with the sculptor Arnaldo Pomodoro. Via Mazzini was the major arterial route of the ancient ghetto, where the Jewish shops were concentrated. The ancient Synagogue (no. 97), that was given to the city by the Roman banker Ser Samuel Melli in 1485, is still the major gathering place of the small local community, and was often mentioned by Bassani in his romances. The façade of the building is decorated with commemorative plaques to pay homage to those deported. The Synagogue is now home to the Jewish Museum.
- Bologna, March 4, 1916 - Rome, April 13, 2000
- 1935 when he enrolled in the Faculty of Arts, University of Bologna
- 1940 released his first work published under a pseudonym
- about 1,500 volumes from his private library
- 25 between works and collections
- 10 screenplays