Mario Rigioni Stern
Mario Rigoni Stern (November 1, 1921, Asiago – June 16, 2008) was an Italian author and World War II veteran.
His first novel Il sergente nella neve, published in 1953 (and the following year in English as The Sergeant in the Snow), draws on his own experience as a Sergeant Major in the Alpini corps during the disastrous retreat from Russia in World War II. It is his only work to be translated into English and Spanish.
Other well-known works also include Le stagioni di Giacomo (Giacomo’s Seasons), Storia di Tönle (The Story of Tönle), and the collection of short stories Sentieri sotto la neve (Paths Beneath the Snow).
He was awarded the Premio Campiello and the Premio Bagutta for Storia di Tönle, and the Italian PEN prize for Sentieri sotto la neve.