One morning in the early 1970s, shortly after sunrise, an unusual silence fell over the African bush. Birds stopped chattering in the surrounding trees and wild animals came to a standstill, lifted their heads and listened to the strange sound of silence they had never heard before. Moments later a loud shout issued from a window of a small bush hospital in Mozambique, Southeast Africa. It was not a shout of anger or fear, it was simply a birth-shout, announcing Enzo Marconi's arrival to the world.
Enzo continued to live with his Italian-born parents in Mozambique until 1977. During the first years of childhood he was schooled at home by his mother and in the bush by his nanny, an African woman called Johanna. She taught him how to survive in the bush, how to respect and understand wild animals and how to fall in love with Africa's ancient, dark beauty. Until today Enzo believes that the bush education he received was far more important than any education he received afterwards.
Civil war forced Enzo's family out of Mozambique in 1977. They fled to the Republic of South Africa. His father was offered a job in Pretoria and the family moved into a house in the northern suburbs of the city.
After school Enzo started studying engineering at the University of Pretoria. Within the first year of his studies he realized that he had no true interest in engineering and changed to Human Sciences, majoring in English Literature, Drama Theory and Criminology.
Upon completion of his degree, Enzo did his military service. A week after finishing the obligatory term of service, Enzo started doing what he had always dreamed of doing: he went traveling into Africa, to find his roots. He visited Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Zanzibar, and fell in love with the continent all over again.
During the following years Enzo worked in advertising, as labourer, builder, farmworker, waiter and on movie sets around the Cape Town area.
Whenever he had time and money on hand he traveled into Africa, trying to absorb as much of the energy of the land as possible. During one of these trips he met the popular writer André Ferero. When they learnt they had grown up in the same city they instantly became friends. It was due to André's insistence that Enzo finally started working on his first novel, A Perfect Replica.
Enzo now lives in Aix-en-Provence, France, with his girlfriend and two cats, in an effort to look for his European roots.