If you’re looking for books based in Tuscany and specifically for a book set in Siena, I highly recommend you to pick “A Month in Siena” by Hisham Matar. This book is a heartwarming read and a beautiful memoir dedicated to the city of Siena.
A Month in Siena by Hisham Matar
A Month in Siena is a gorgeous book set in Italy and the author’s journey of self discovery.
Originally from Libya, the author often compares the Italian lifestyle to his life in his home country. He feels entranced by the Sienese School of Painting at the National Gallery of London and years later decides to take a month long trip to Siena.
Hisham Matar loves the painting of Duccio di Buoninsegna’s Healing of the Man born Blind. He is fascinated by the Madonna dei Francescani and goes on to say that he often feels the painting was made for him!!
In his month long journey in the Tuscan city of Siena, Hisham Matar resorts to taking Italian lessons. He also befriends a family from Jordan to feel more at home.
There is nothing like learning a new language to remind you how agile and fluent the eye is and how unwilling and clumsy the tongue can be.Hisham Matar
The author’s love for Siena is compelling and addictive as he evocatively explains it in every page. A Month in Siena is not only a journey of discovery but also a wonderful lesson on Sienese art where Hisham Matar takes his readers to visit La Sala dei Novi in Palazzo Pubblico, La Piazza del Campo and La Pinacoteca Nazionale.
Should You Read the book??
A Month in Siena is a marvelous book that captures the true essence of the city of Siena.
The author’s style of writing and the intimacy which he shares about Siena are noteworthy. I now long to re-visit Siena and hope to visit the inside of the Palazzo Pubblico instead of just gazing at it from the Campo.
“I believed I could spend a lifetime here in this foreign city where I had, for so long and for some mysterious reason, longed to be.”hisham matar
I think I was living under a rock till I found out about Hisham Matar in 2020. A Pulitzer Prize winner with a calming and honest voice, his writings come highly recommended.
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Image Earth TravelMay 23, 2020 at 4:28 am
Siena is gorgeous and was there in 2018. Spent 12 days based in Pisa over Christmas/New Year and ventured on a day trip to Siena, Lucca, and Florence. Surround by constant beauty and would love to return.
ItalophiliaMay 24, 2020 at 1:04 pm
What a wonderful trip that sounds!! I’ve yet to visit Lucca.
Image Earth TravelMay 25, 2020 at 5:30 am
The whole area is gorgeous and I have to say, much cleaner than where I am in the south. Check out my post on Lucca when you have time… 😉
ItalophiliaMay 25, 2020 at 12:20 pm
I have already read it in the past 😉
Image Earth TravelMay 25, 2020 at 1:43 pm
Ah right, thank you for taking the time to read the post! 😉
Shikha KothariMay 21, 2020 at 2:14 am
I have put this book on my list! I visited Siena all too briefly and need to visit again, so I am sure I will enjoy the book! Our daughter is named Siena, and we have promised to take her there on her 10th birthday 🙂
ItalophiliaMay 21, 2020 at 12:29 pm
How lovely! Its a beautiful name 🙂
LuLu B - Calabrisella MiaMay 11, 2020 at 1:11 pm
Siena looks lovely! It’s one of those places I’d really like to visit one day! 🙂
ItalophiliaMay 12, 2020 at 10:54 am
You should definitely spend more than a day then. I always regret not being there for the night.
karenincalabriaMay 1, 2020 at 11:08 am
Mamma mia, I’ve been under the same rock! Thanks to your post, I now have one foot poking out from under said rock. I just looked Matar up and the Pulitzer was just in 2017, so perhaps we’ve been busy?
ItalophiliaMay 1, 2020 at 9:52 pm
Haha!! I felt the EXACT thing when I read about him and his works. Imagine.. Definitely we were. Glad you’re taking action and have a foot out!
SilvanaApril 30, 2020 at 8:58 pm
Grazie per il tuo suggerimento letterario, Ishita. Mi hai incuriosito e cerchero’ questo libro sulla biblioteca digitale.
Apprezzo moltissimo il tuo blog. Adoro l’entusiasmo con cui ti esprimi, la gentilezza che usi nel descrivere persone e luoghi, e le tue pagine sono state spesso di ispirazione per me durante le lezioni di italiano che faccio con i miei studenti.
Sono felice di averti “conosciuta”, leggo sempre le tue pagine con piacere. Grazie di metterle a disposizione per noi lettori.
ItalophiliaMay 1, 2020 at 9:55 pm
Cara Silvana!! Sei gentile come sempre. GRAZIE!!!!!! E` un piacere per me anche! Spero che il blog sia molto utile nei prossimi giorni della quarantena …Stammi bene, un abbraccio grande!:)
ShereeApril 30, 2020 at 12:54 pm
Sounds a wonderful book. I’ll keep a look out for it. I too enjoy visiting Siena though haven’t been for a couple of years.
ItalophiliaApril 30, 2020 at 12:57 pm
I too went in 2018, haven’t after that. Hope you enjoy reading it as much as I did! x