Recently awarded Italy’s most prestigious literary honour, the Premio Strega, Helena Janeczek is regarded alongside her countrywoman Elena Ferrante – with whom she shares the translator Ann Goldstein – as one of the finest renderers of historical fiction centred on women’s lives. Her newest novel, The Girl with the Leica, spotlights the life of war photographer Gerda Taro, a charismatic martyr of the Spanish Civil War, through the memories of three erstwhile friends with an axe to grind. Helena is joined in conversation by ABC Radio National’s Kate Evans.

Supported by the Instituto Italiano di Cultura - Sydney.

Helena Janeczek (International)

Helena Janeczek

Born in Munich to a Polish Jewish family, Helena Janeczek has been living in Italy for more than 30 years. Her novel The Girl with the Leica was awarded the Strega Prize, Italy’s most prestigious literary award, and was a finalist for the Campiello Prize.

Kate Evans (Australian)

Kate Evans

Kate Evans presents The Bookshelf on ABC Radio National (with Cassie McCullagh). She has a PhD in history, a lot of books and regrets neither.