Piero Chiara
Mario Tozzi 1971 con lo scrittore Piero Chiara (cropped).jpg
Piero Chiara in 1971
BornMarch 23, 1913
DiedDecember 31, 1986(1986-12-31) (aged 73)
Spouse(s)Jula Sherb (divorced)
ChildrenMarco Chiara

Piero Chiara (March 23, 1913 – December 31, 1986) was an Italian writer.

He was born in Luino, on Lake Maggiore (northern Italy). His father Eugenio was from Resuttano, Sicily; his mother Virginia Maffei was from Comnago, a Piedmontese village in the municipality of Lesa. Sought by the Fascist militia during World War II, he fled to Switzerland in 1944. He returned to Italy two years later, starting his writing career. His most famous work is La stanza del vescovo of 1976, which was turned into a film by Dino Risi soon afterwards.[1]

He was married to Jula Sherb of Swiss origin.[2] They had one son Marco Chiara who was married and divorced from Judith Loeb Chiara of the Lehman family.[3] He died in Varese in 1986.

The Disappearance of Signora Giulia was the first of his books to be translated into English.[4]


  1. ^ La stanza dei Vescovo, by Piero Chiara. Accessed March 2020.
  2. ^ Corriere della Sera: "Marco Chiara, una vita tutta da raccontare" by Manzoni Franco 10 maggio 2011
  3. ^ New York Times: "JUDITH CHIARA Obituary" November 17, 2010
  4. ^ "Piero Chiara | Pushkin Press". www.pushkinpress.com. Retrieved 2017-03-07.