Igiaba Scego

Igiaba Scego
is an Italian writer (Rome, 1974), of Somali origin.


After graduating in Foreign Literature at the First University of Rome (La Sapienza), she obtained her doctorate in pedagogy at the Third University of Rome. At the present, she is writing and doing research on the dialogue between cultures and the question of migration .


She collaborates with many magazines that deal with migrant literature, in particular “Carta”, “El-Ghibli” and “Migra”. Her works, not devoid of autobiographical references, are characterized by the delicate balance between her two cultural realities, the Italian and Somalian. Her definition of herself, “Somalian origin, Italian vocation”, returns significantly this doubleness. In 2003, she won the Eks & Tra prize for migrant writers with her story Salsicce and she published her debut novel, La nomade che amava Alfred Hitchcock. In 2006 she attended theLiterature festival in Mantua.

She collaborates with the newspapers La Repubblica and Il manifesto and also writes for the magazine Nigrizia with a column of news and reflection, The colors of Eve. In 2007 along with Ingy Mubiayi, she edited the short story collection, Quando nasci è una roulette. Giovani figli di migranti si raccontano. The story of seven boys and girls of African origin, who were born in Rome of foreign parents or came to Italy when they were young: their story of school, the relationship with their family and with peers, religion, the racism in Italy, and their dreams.


  • La nomade che amava Alfred Hitchcock, Roma, edizioni Sinnos, 2003.
  • Rhoda, Roma, edizioni Sinnos, 2004.
  • Pecore nere. Racconti insieme a Gabriela Kuruvilla e Ingy Mubiayi, Roma, edizioni Laterza, 2005.
  • Quando nasci è una roulette. Giovani figli di migranti si raccontano, edizioni Terre di Mezzo, 2007.
  • Oltre Babilonia, Donzelli editore, 2008
  • L’albero in Nessuna Pietà, Salani editore, 2009