Furio Colombo


August 19, 2022

Marco Furio Colombo, also known under the pseudonym of Marc Saudade (Châtillon, 1 January 1931), is an Italian journalist, writer and politician. He was a collaborator of numerous newspapers and magazines, director of l'Unità from 2001 to 2005, founder and columnist of Il Fatto Quotidiano from 2009 to 2022; he is currently a columnist for la Repubblica.


Born in Châtillon, in the Aosta Valley, to an Israelite family, he graduated in law at a very young age in Turin and already in the mid-fifties he began a parallel activity between practice in law and participation in the writing of cultural programs of Rai, together with Umberto Eco, Gianni Vattimo and Piero Angela: he made numerous documentaries, news reports, and non-fiction publications. He has been a professional journalist since 1967. In the early 1970s he was an adjunct professor at the degree course in DAMS which he helped to found at the University of Bologna, teaching theory and techniques of media and radio and television language. In 1971 he signed the open letter to L'Espresso against Commissioner Luigi Calabresi. In 1972 he took part in the making of the film Il Case Mattei by Francesco Rosi, in which he interpreted the role of assistant translator of the founder of ENI, Enrico Mattei (Gian Maria Volonté). In November 1975 he was the author of the last interview released by Pier Paolo Pasolini, which was published by La Stampa of Turin, then directed by the journalist Arrigo Levi. Colombo was a correspondent from the United States for the newspaper La Stampa, and for the Republic, of which he was a columnist. He wrote for the New York Times and the New York Review of Books, teaching journalism at Columbia University and the University of California, Berkeley. Since 1991 he has directed the Italian Cultural Institute in New York for three years. He co-edited the monthly magazine L'architecture from 2001 to 2005. Chronicles and history founded by Bruno Zevi, and was responsible for La Rivista dei Libri, editor of the Italian edition of The New York Review of Books. He held executive positions in important companies, first at the school of Adriano Olivetti, and later in the United States where he became chairman of the FIAT group in 1988.

Director of the Unit

Between 2001 and 2005 he was director of l'Unità. According to what was reported by Panorama, Marco Travaglio, hired as a collaborator of l'Unità da Colombo, explained the abandonment of Colombo with "months of mobbing practiced by well-known DS circles, intolerant of the line that is too autonomous, too open, let's say too much free of the newspaper ". The reason, according to Travaglio, lay in the fact that the Unity was the only one "to say the things that cannot be said and to see the things that one would rather not see". In particular, to call things by their name: war, war and no peace mission; separatism, separatism and fiscal non-federalism; racism, racism and not security; I mess up the mess and not reformism ", and so on".

Co-founder and columnist of il Fatto Quotidiano

Furio Colombo in 2009 is one of the co-founders of il Fatto Quotidiano, as well as a newspaper columnist until May 13, 2022, when, due to disagreements that arose after the Russian invasion of Ukraine, he decides to leave the newspaper with an open letter addressed to the director Marco Travaglio and the third founder Antonio Padellaro, criticizing the flattening of the editorial line to the pro-Putinian "alternative truth" on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, told in the newspaper by Alessandro Orsini, as well as that of a good Wehrmacht and American rapists during the Second World War in Italy, told by Massimo Fini instead, and in May 2022 Colombo returned to collaborate with the Republic.

MP, senator and politician

After his experience as a deputy in the ranks of the Democratic Party of the Left and the Democrats of the Left