Italian playwright, film writer and actor Dario Fo prior to the presentation of the movie "Zero - Itchiest sull'11 settembre" (Zero - Investigation on 9/11) at the Rome film festival, Oct. 24, 2007.
AP Photo/Sandro Pace, file
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Italian satirical dramatist Dario Fo, who won the Nobel prize for literature in 1997, died on Thursday aged 90, prompting an outpouring of tributes for a provocative playwright unafraid to clash with authority.Fo was known for his humour, with a smile on his face in all his public appearances.Fo died on the day the 2016 Nobel literature prize was awarded, to another great wordsmith; Bob Dylan.A committed follower of the political hard left, Fo was refused a visa to the United States in 1980 because of his membership in "Soccorso Rosso," an organisation supporting prison inmates.An anarchist in spirit, in recent years Fo fought for Italy's populist, anti-establishment Five Star Movement.Mixing the comic with the serious, Fo's work was characterised by absurdist language, which mingled local dialects, Latin phrases and literary quotations.
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