Melissa Panarello  

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Melissa Panarello (born 3 December 1985), alias Melissa P., is an Italian writer.


Panarello grew up in the small Sicilian town of Aci Castello, near Catania in Italy. She became most famous as the author of the erotic memoir 100 colpi di spazzola prima di andare a dormire (One Hundred Strokes of the Brush Before Bed) about her extreme sexual life during her teenage years, which was loosely based on her own experiences. Originally, it was written as a novel but was then altered to fit a diary form. Contrary to popular belief, it was not her actual diary. The book was distributed in forty countries and translated into over thirty languages. Coming from Sicily, one of the most traditional and old-fashioned parts of Italy, Panarello scandalized many as she freely writes about penetration, sperm, and orgasm in a very matter of fact fashion.

Panarello is currently based in Rome, where she lives with her partner, Thomas Fazi, the son of her publisher. She published her second novel, L'odore del tuo respiro (The Smell of Your Breath), in 2005. Still in 2005, a film about her first novel, titled Melissa P., produced by Francesca Neri and directed by Luca Guadagnino has been made; however, Panarello did not back the film, claiming a loss of accuracy with her novel. In April 2006, she published a third book, titled In nome dell'amore (In the Name of Love), presented as an open letter to Camillo Ruini in which she blames the Catholic Church interferences in the Italian political scene and defends the laïcité of the country.

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