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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Giorgio Bassani's masterwork has Vittorio de Sica's 1971 film adaptation to thank for its dual success and obscurity. Not enough people know that this...
The Day of the Owl

The Day of the Owl

The Day of the Owl (Italian: Il giorno della civetta) is a crime novel about the Mafia by Leonardo Sciascia, finished in 1960 and...

La Bella Figura: A Field Guide to the Italian Mind

You won’t need luggage for this hypothetical and hilarious trip into the hearts and minds of Beppe Severgnini’s fellow Italians. In fact, Beppe would prefer if you left behind the baggage his crafty and elegant countrymen have smuggled into your subconscious.

The Complete Works of Primo Levi

2015 Washington Post Notable Book The Complete Works of Primo Levi, which includes seminal works like If This Is a Man and The Periodic Table,...

The Prince

As a young Florentine envoy to the courts of France and the Italian principalities, Niccolò Machiavelli was able to observe firsthand the lives of people strongly united under one powerful ruler.

The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel

The Solitude of Prime Numbers (original: La solitudine dei numeri primi) is a novel by Italian writer Paolo Giordano, published in 2008. It also...

Alberto Moravia

Alberto Moravia (November 28, 1907 – September 26, 1990), born Alberto Pincherle, was an Italian novelist and journalist. His novels explored matters of modern...

Man of Smoke

Palazzeschi offers an existential vision of human life that stands besides the best works of Pirandello, Svevo, Calvino, or Musil.

If on a winter’s night a traveler

If on a winter's night a traveler (Italian: Se una notte d'inverno un viaggiatore) is a 1979 novel by the Italian postmodernist writer Italo...

Dacia Maraini

Dacia Maraini (November 13, 1936 in Fiesole) is an Italian writer. She is the daughter of Sicilian Princess Topazia Alliata di Salaparuta, an artist...