Italian writer

Alessandro Baricco

, author of the best-selling "


" (1996), has announced that he has leukemia and will undergo a transplant in the next few days, although he assured his followers that his retirement will only be "for a short time."

"Ehm, there is news to give and this time I have to do it alone, personally. It's not a big deal, I warn you. What happens is that five months ago I was diagnosed with

chronic myeloid leukemia,"

the novelist confessed on his social networks.

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, explained that in the next few days he will undergo a blood stem cell transplant donated by his sister Enrica: "When you suffer from a disease like this, it is the best thing you can do," he explained.

The writer with his message downplayed his state of health and claimed to be accompanied by his family and friends.


In short, I see it well.

For a little while, don't count on me, but don't get too used to it either, because the doctors who have gotten into their heads to cure me have all the appearance of being able to do it quite quickly," he finished, with a photo of his work table, with a book, a notebook and a computer with music.

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