Postcolonial literature, which did not appear in Italy until the 1980s, started to flourish
in that country in the early 1990s. Although it originated there and draws on Italian historic
colonial experiences, it can be understood as a way of emphasising the linguistic and cultural
separateness of Italian-speaking authors originating from former Italian colonies in Africa (i.e.
Libya, Somalia and Ethiopia). It appears that a country like Italy, which has been deprived of its
homogeneity and linguistic and cultural cohesion, is particularly susceptible to the absorption
of traditions and languages from outside. Postcolonial literature, which at its very basic level is
a hybrid, cannot be pushed into the framework of one convention or tradition. On the contrary, it
fits well into the mainstream of non-canonical, avant-garde and expressionistic literature that has
been present since Dante. Igiaba Scego, the author of Oltre Babilonia, published in 2008, belongs
to the generation of young Italian writers of African origin. The article aims to analyse the novel
in terms of writing techniques defined as expressionistic at the level of surface, typology of
characters and linguistic and stylistic features.