Katia Lysy, The Life and Legacy of Iris Origo
New editions from New York Review Books have broadened the appreciation for Iris Origo (1902-1988), author of A Chill in the Air: An Italian War Diary, 1939-1940, War in Val d'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944, and Images and Shadows: Part of a Life. Katia Lysy, Origo's granddaughter, gives an intimate look at the writer's life and memoirs, with images and information about the family estate of La Foce in Tuscany.
Katia Lysy was born in Rome. She has worked for Italian television RAI 3, in publishing, as a journalist and as a literary translator from English and French into Italian. She now lives between Rome and Val d’Orcia, in southern Tuscany, where she assists her mother Benedetta, Iris Origo’s daughter, in the management and development of the family estate of La Foce, whose historic gardens are visited by Iris Origo readers from all over the world.