Carlo Emilio Gadda was born into an upper middle-class family on the 14th of May in Milan, Italy. His father died when he was a child. His mother, an ambitious woman, brought up her family alone. Gadda fought in World War I. From his arrival on the Trentino front in 1915 and capture at Caporetto and return home he kept a private journal. The death of his younger brother Enrico, an aviator, was a shattering experience. After the war Gadda took the stand that England was Italy's new enemy; it was a struggle between different races. He admired Mussolini but later in life he satirized the dictator's rhetoric. Moreover, he was never comfortable with the fascist order that Mussolini imposed upon Italy. It was the opposite of his fiction, marked by constant change and innovation.
Latter gadda recieved a degree in engineering. He wroked till 1935 at his profession in various countries.
In 1926 he joined a literary group around the Florentine review Solaria. He wanted to finish the university program in philosophy he had begun in 1922, but because of the shortage of money he came back to engineering.
He became a full-time writer in 1940. Since that time and till his death he was constantly writing.
Gadda died in Rome on May 21, 1973. He once confessed that his creative effort was largely directed Ё towards "vengeance": a lyrical or comic vengeance for the awful things that "fate" does to men.