Farewell to Ada d’Adamo. The writer died in the night between March 31 and April 1 in her home in Rome. She was born in Ortona, in Abruzzo, in 1967, she was 55 years old and had been ill for some time. She had just entered the Strega Prize dozen 2023 with Like air, his debut novel published in January 2023 by Elliot, the publishing house that announced his disappearance. On Thursday 30 March, in Rome, the writer had not been able to attend the press conference in which the names of the twelve finalists had been announced.
Â«Only two days ago we celebrated the nomination of your book for the Witch – reads Elliot’s Twitter account -. Today we mourn her passing: Ada d’Adamo is gone. She left tonight surrounded by her affections dearest to her. A piece of our heart is gone with her.’
As per regulation, Ada d’Adamo’s novel will remain in the competition for the 2023 Strega Prize: «The death of Ada D’Adamo saddens us deeply. There was no time to get to know her, yet we loved her thanks to her book. In presenting to the public Like air Elena Stancanelli, who submitted it to the Strega Prize, said that “meeting this story is a gift”. Well, it’s a consolation to know that the writer’s words will continue to reach her readers. The moved embrace of the entire Steering Committee of the Strega Award goes to her loved ones.
In his book, written over many years, a mother tells her disabled daughter about the discovery of the disease. A graduate in Performing Arts and a graduate of the National Academy of Dance, d’Adamo had written various essays on theater and contemporary dance. A great expert in children’s books, she collaborated as an editor with the Gallucci publisher.