Well-known Italian playwright and director Dario Fo, who won Nobel prize for literature in 1997, is no more.
He was 90, said Italian officials on Thursday, adding that he was admitted o a hospital in Milan one week back.
He is renowned for his all-time famous satire plays like The Accidental Death of an Anarchist, and it was performed in over 40 countries all over the world.
Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi expressed condolences over Fo’s death.”With Dario Fo, Italy loses one of the great protagonists of theatre, culture and the civic life of our country,” stated Matteo Renzi.
Acknowledging his contribution to world literature, the Nobel Foundation praised him saying he “emulates the jesters of the Middle Ages in scourging authority and upholding the dignity of the downtrodden”.
The Vatican has termed Foe’s work as “blasphemous”.
Foe earned the stature of the leading Italian literary and cultural figure, and became a cult figure. He was widely adored by the ordinary Italians for his stage shows, plays and dark humour.
Besides, directing plays, he was a frequent TV and stage critic of successive governments. This has invited the wrath of the establishments, and attempts were made on his life also.
His wife was once abducted and raped by fascist groups with links to Italy’s ruling establishment in 1973.
The couple was also denied entry to the US for his links to Communist party.
His work Accidental Death of an Anarchist (1970) narrated the life of an Italian railroad worker who became a victim of police atrocities.
His wife and muse Rame passed away in 2013. “I dream every night of Franca and I dream that she is alive,” Fo once told about the demise of his wife.
“I still have ideas that I want to pursue, and this outrages me,” he said.