Ralph Lorbeer was born in Sorrento (NA) on 10 February 1944 and has lived in Rome since 1984. After Classical studies at school, he went on to obtain first-class degrees in Political Sciences, Law and Economics and Business.
Attended the Diplomatic Institute after being awarded a Scholarship from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Lecturer in Economics and Law, taught (for fifteen years) as lecturer of Philosophy and History and lecturer of Mass Communications Law (for eight years) at the LUISS (Libera UniversitÓ Internazionale degli Studi Sociali) in Rome. Councillor of the General Accounting Office and Prefect of the Republic (1st class, he has held and continues to hold important offices at the Ministry of the Interior (Chief Secretary of the Ministry, Minister's First Secretary, Director General of Border Areas, General Inspector of the Interior Ministry).
As freelance journalist registered with the Association of Journalists, was Director of the Magazine "The Post Office and Telecommunications in Society", published by "Ugo Bordoni" Science Foundation. Has written articles for newspapers and specialist magazines and published essays on history, philosophy, economics, law, politics and mass communications. Has held and continues to hold conferences in Italy, Europe and the United States.
As narrator, Lauro made his debut in 1987 with a novel called "Roma a due piazze" (A Rome of Two Squares), published by CEI (Compagnia Editrice Italiana.), winning the Chianciano Prize for First-Time narrative works. He then published for Rusconi Editore a collection of "nocturnal" short stories about Rome, called "Metropolitania". In 1993 Rusconi Editore published his novel "Il sogno di Pedro" (Pedro's Dream) based on the life and works of the Spanish painter, sculptor and architect chosen by Charles V, Pedro Machuca.
In 1997 Lancio Edizioni published "La Trilogia della vita" (The Trilogy of Life): "Il Progetto o dell'elogio della vita" (vol. I), "La Crociera o dell'elogio dell'eros" (vol. II) and "La Condanna o dell'elogio della morte" (vol. III) (The project - elegy of life, The Cruise - elegy of Eros, The Sentence - elegy of death).
In 1998, Lancio published the novel "Mutus o della giustizia" (Mutus, or on Justice) about Giordano Bruno's trial by the Roman Inquisition.
Also in 1998, CEI published a book of photography entitled "Voyage", with commentary in English, French, German and Italian.
From 1986 to 1995, attended screenplay courses organised by Bernardino Zapponi and Ugo Pirro, and photography and director courses at the Nuova UniversitÓ del Cinema e della Televisione, organised by Giuseppe De Santis, Carlo Lizzani and Florestano Vancini.
In 1997, he wrote and directed the video "Reflection", dedicated to the rock group U2.
In 1998, he wrote and directed a short film in 16 mm/colour entitled "La pesca del venerdý" (Friday Fishing).
In 2000, he will be co-director of two feature-length films, the second of which, called "L'altra Tosca", will be a parody of the Puccini opera.
- Roma a due piazze. The metaphor of a failed marriage, interlaced with the historical vicissitudes of Rome's two best-known squares: Piazza Navona and Spanish Steps. The two main characters, the wife and the lover of the same man, meet and instead of clashing form a friendship. The modern-day ups and downs of the two women are interwoven with the mythical or historical stories of four women, two of whom bound to Piazza Navona (St Agnes, the virgin Christian martyr, and Donna Olimpia Pamphjli, alleged lover of the Pope), and two to the Spanish Steps (Fabia, a servant in love with the poet John Keats, and Sabina, the lover-model of a painter in Via del Babuino).
- Il sogno di Pedro. The story tells of the formation in Italy during the Renaissance of the Spanish painter Pedro Machuca, in Naples, Rome and Florence, including meetings with the great artists of the Italian Renaissance: Bramante, Michelangelo, Rosso Fiorentino and Giovanni Da Udine; his return to Spain and the design and construction in Granada of a Palace for Charles V. The story is a metaphor about tolerance, centring on a palace that was the symbol of the Catholic re-conquest of Spain and the definitive expulsion of the Moors.
- La Trilogia della vita
- Volume one: Il Progetto o dell'elogio della vita. Set in the year 2100, it deals with the problem of eugenics and genetic engineering. It is the story of Barbara Stem, an American scientist and Nobel prize-winner for medicine, the discoverer of a cure for aids, who has designed (the project) a genetically perfect son, similar in appearance to Michelangelo's David preserved in the "Accademia" in Florence. When he grows up, however, he turns against his mother, embarking on a religious mission in Africa to help "the poorest of the poor". There, he dies from an unknown virus. The intellectually conceited Barbara is thus defeated, both as a scientist and as a mother
- Volume two: La Crociera o dell'elogio dell'eros. Pascal Lambert, a financial journalist in Paris, closes in on himself after the death of his wife Claude and his daughter, refusing to accept any sort of emotion. On a cruise to the Caribbean and the island of Saint Bathelemy, the chance friendship made with a young couple enables him to rediscover his true erotic dimension and thus return to life.
- Volume three: La Condanna o dell'elogio della morte. Milton Crois, a young Canadian advertising designer, is chosen among billions of people by an electronic brain and "condemned" to live forever. The protagonist thinks it is a joke, but he is forced to change his mind when he sees his wife and children grow older while he remains eternally young. After four hundred years, he asks the Court to give him back his single life and his fear of dying. He chooses to live in Berlin, the home city of Frida, the woman for the love of whom he is prepared to give up eternity. Berlin is the new capital of the world. Milton's monologue is interwoven with Mozart's "Requiem Mass".
- Mutus o della giustizia. This is the story of a convict serving a life sentence who makes his protest against society by refusing to talk (Mutus). His life is tempered by his love of the nature surrounding the prison on the island of Gorgona and the friendship of a young prisoner, a lover of rock music (Focus}. The modern-day story is interlaced with the story of Giordano Bruno, burnt at the stake at the orders of the Holy Roman Inquisition in the year 1600. The novel is a scathing attack against injustice and a hymn of love to the victims of justice.
- Voyage. A book of photography, with 60 digitally processed colour illustrations. Mauro Lorenz and Marcelle Amst posed for Ralph Lorbeer. A journey of the mind and heart, sea and sun, passing through Venice, Katakolon, Kithera, Dubrovnik and Amsterdam The foreword is in English, German, French and Italian.