The Italian playwright won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1997. The Vatican condemned it.

Even before the headlines filled with the announcement of Bob Dylan’s winning the Nobel Prize for Literature for 2016, another great Nobel Laureate for literature quietly exited the world stage on the same day, at the age of 90, leaving behind his genius, an astonishing range of creativity, satarical wit and comic sense combined with a deep humanity.

With comedy I can search for the profound.

Dario Fo was an Italian playwright and actor, a comedian, as well as a singer, songwriter, mime, theatre director, set-designer (often painting his own sets), whose plays have been translated and performed widely across the world. He began writing novels at the age of 88 and published five. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1997 for his plays, most famously Accidental Death Of An AnarchistMistero Buffo, and Tale of a Tiger.

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