Milena Agus. Born in Genoa from Sardinian parents, she lives in Cagliari where she teaches Italian and history in high school. Author of five novels, While the Shark is Sleeping (2005), From the Land of the Moon (2006), Ali di babbo (2008), La contessa di ricotta (2009), Sottosopra (2012), all published in Italy by nottetempo and translated into more than twenty languages. She received many literary recognitions, among which the prestigious Zerilli-Marimò Prize in New York. In 2014, nottetempo published her novel written with Luciana Castellina Guardati dalla mia fame. In the spring of 2017, the film based on Mal di pietre was released in Italian cinemas, with Marion Cotillard as leading actress and in competition at the Cannes Film Festival in 2016.