Many a times I am asked to suggest books based in “Italy” and often find myself in a pickle because it is impossible to mention just one book on Italy. So I’ve made a list of 10 favorite books on Italy that will set the pace for those of you wanting to read books based in Italy. These are books on Italian culture and travel along with crime fiction and memoirs.
Ten Favorite Books on Italy
1. Inspector Montalbano Series by Andrea Camilleri:
Crime and delicious food mixed with Camilleri’s writing are a great pick for books set in Italy. The Inspector Montalbano series of books ware set in a fictional town of Vigata`, Sicily.
These series of crime fiction are filled with intriguing mysteries and humor! Camilleri, who was known to be one of the greatest Italian writers of the 21st century, writes about his alter ego “Montalbano”.
His books have been translated worldwide in over 30 languages! I have read over a dozen of his translated works and seen the TV series of the same name. My recommendation is to start with the very first book from the series.
The Montalbano series features delicious Sicilian dishes!
Read the Chronological List of Andrea Camilleri Books
2. La Bella Lingua by Dianne Hales:
I wrote several posts on my experience of learning Italian and even included many Charming Italian Words. Some of these words come from the beautifully researched book “La Bella Lingua” by Dianne Hales.
The book is more than just the Italian language and also includes unique phrases that eloquently describe the culture of Italy.
Dianne Hales has listed detailed chapters on Verdi, Dante, Fellini etc. She even gives a condensed account of South Italy in this book and it is clear she loves that part of the country.
Anyone looking to know about the Italian culture should pick this book!
3. Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr:
A book to pick before your trip to Rome is Four Seasons in Rome by Anthony Doerr. I have already gushed a lot about this book before over here as it defines my love for Rome. It will make you fall in love with Rome whether you have visited the city or not.
Doerr’s book is his author’s account of struggles in the city with his wife and twins. His writing has a certain magic that I have to admit I was missing for a long time as a reader. This book will certainly weave a spark for your trip to the city!
Doerr’s Four Seasons in Rome is lyrical and poetic.
4. The Leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa:
The Leopard was one of my first few reads set in Sicily but it was nothing like I expected. The book documents Italy during the period of its unification or risorgimento and focuses on issues of class and traditions among the noblemen of Sicily.
The Leopard is a must read and one of the top 10 books on Italian literature. It helps in understanding more about Italy’s regionalism and covers everything from politics, drama, aristocracy and power. The Leopard is also a popular film.
5. Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King:
If you’re visiting Florence and want to know more about the city, pick Brunelleschi’s Dome by Ross King. This book centers around the genius “Filippo Brunelleschi” who was the mastermind behind the dome of Santa Maria del Fiore (Duomo of Florence).
The Dome of the Duomo was constructed by him in the 15th century! This book focuses his journey and is filled with facts and engineering details. It also helps understand the story behind the greatest masterpiece of European Architecture! I really enjoyed the story of the paranoid Italian goldsmith.
Brunelleschi’s dome is not only the subject of millions of photographs but also defines Florence as a city!
6. Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere by Jan Morris:
Trieste is one of the most underrated Italian cities. Sometimes I think it almost isn’t counted as a big city of Italy! And I am not alone in that thought. The late travel writer Jan Morris describes exactly this topic in the aptly titled book “Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere”.
Morris was very attached to this troubled city and entwines humor and nostalgia in this travelogue. It would make perfect sense to visit the city of Trieste and then read the book to understand its “nowhere-ness”.
This book was coincidentally recommended to me by an Italian lady in a quaint bookstore of Trieste.
Also read: Drinking Coffee with James Joyce in Trieste
7. In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri:
In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri could easily be my story of learning the Italian language. Honestly, I devoured this book!!
In Other Words is a book on the author’s journey of learning Italian language and a great commemoration for Italophiles and language enthusiasts in general. Lahiri writes this as a diary and explains her story of living in Rome. Every time I read the book I find something new in it.
8. The Neapolitan Series by Elena Ferrante:
The Neapolitan Series by Elena Ferrante is one of the most popular contemporary series of novels of all times. If you take a moment away from the cheesy cover of the Neapolitan novels, you’ll understand the gritty account of this story. The Neapolitan Novels are about the lives of two friends from Naples and the story of their families.
The novels focus on the Italy of the 50s where women are portrayed in the most fierce and raw way by the author. The beauty of these novels is that they leave you wanting for more.
Now also made into a famous TV Series, the Neapolitan series can be watched on Amazon Prime if you’re in the US. (Season 3 is currently in pipeline!)
Ferrante’s words are bold, effortless yet one that would make you cry.
9. The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco:
My very first book on Italy that has also been made into a successful movie. It takes place in the Saint Michael’s Abbey which Umberto Eco had once visited in his life and chose to add it as a backdrop to his book. I don’t want to share anything that could be termed as a “spoiler” so I’d suggest to pick this book!
The Name of the Rose is a murder mystery set in the hills of Piemonte.
10. Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino:
Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino is a hypnotic book that describes different cities with careful attention and imagination. Each chapter is on a city that has a different name so depending on where you are in life, you’ll understand each city differently.
This book is eccentric and has all of Calvino’s ingenuity in it. For instance the entire book is a conversation between Marco Polo and Kublai Khan discussing ancient as well as contemporary cities!
I’d love to know if you’ve read any of these??
Hope you enjoyed this list of 10 highly recommended books on Italy. There are so many memoirs and travel books set in Italy that it is hard to choose. Then there are books on Italian history especially books set in WWI and WWII. There is also an endless list of books on the Mafia. I’ll keep adding more to the collection but meanwhile why don’t you visit the books on Italy section here.
- Ischia and The Story of a New Name
- Day trip to Procida from Naples
- 7 Reasons why you should give Naples a chance
- Naples is Magic
- Books that give an itch to visit South Italy
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Greg SpeckApril 13, 2019 at 7:49 pm
What a great list, You gave me a couple I have missed. Consider “Living In A Foreign Language” by Michael Tucker. It is an interesting and very funny account of an actor buying a home in Umbria, remodeling it, and his trove of friends that are part of his life. Grazie per il tuo blog.
ItalophiliaApril 14, 2019 at 10:01 pm
Grazie a te, Greg! I think I’ve heard of this book. Never really got around to reading it. Maybe I should purchase it soon . Grazie ancora
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Anuradha GoyalJanuary 9, 2018 at 10:12 am
I think apart from Eat Pray Love, I have not read any book on Italy. An unfair question, but which one of these books would you recommend if you had to recommend just one book from this list for an introduction to Italy. Just by the title – Seasons in Rome looks tempting.
IshitaJanuary 9, 2018 at 1:40 pm
believe it or not, that would be the one I would recommend. And later after that, read Enchanted April.
Helene DsouzaJanuary 9, 2018 at 12:48 am
You need to add Baudolino by Umberto Eco too. It’s another brilliant master piece of his! Philosophical meanings and history interwoven in one. Between Polenta talks and the real meaning of unicorns, I just couldn’t stop reading it. I compare it with the style to one hundred years of solitude from Gabriel Garcia Marquez.
IshitaJanuary 9, 2018 at 1:36 pm
Thanks I will read it soon, always so much to read
IshitaOctober 5, 2017 at 5:18 pm
me too Lisa. I was so sad when it ended. What are you reading??
LisaSeptember 6, 2017 at 6:31 am
I loved the Elena Ferrante series!!!
thenameisgirlJuly 3, 2017 at 7:44 pm
I just wrote a post about Italian books that I want to read, and then I found this list. I’d love to hear your thoughts on any of the other books on my list if you’ve read them. You have given me a few extra books to add.
IshitaJuly 3, 2017 at 8:21 pm
How wonderful. I’m always looking for posts like those. N thank you!
IshitaJuly 3, 2017 at 8:22 pm
Can you share the link here pls??
DianaApril 17, 2017 at 8:31 pm
Good picks! I’m thinking of going to Trieste, myself. I loved The Name of the Rose (and Piemonte’s Sacra di San Michele is what inspired Umberto Eco, together with the Castel del Monte in Puglia), and Italo Calvino’s work is great too.
IshitaJune 21, 2017 at 1:49 am
I missed replying Diana. Just wanted to say how wonderful it was to meet you 🙂 Hope you are settled in the States now.. Did you visit Trieste??
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RebeccaInMontefinoDecember 7, 2016 at 1:34 pm
Thanks — Grazie! Have read many light ones and a few of these. I look forward to reading more. Thanks for putting this list together. As you know, I took the plunge and bought a small farm here and do not regret it. These books Will be a good way to enrich the experience.
IshitaDecember 7, 2016 at 7:05 pm
Ciao rebecca!! Thanks for your comment. Wow fancy. Where in Italy? Have fun 🙂 Which one are you reading currently??
RebeccaInMontefinoDecember 11, 2016 at 2:26 pm
The Rome one. I got sick again, but more later.
IshitaDecember 11, 2016 at 6:21 pm
customshouseNovember 21, 2016 at 2:48 pm
Thanks for liking my post. Italy has so many stories. Ilook forward to visiting Abruzzo in the Spring
IshitaNovember 21, 2016 at 7:18 pm
How fun. Keep me posted on the towns you visit, I have never been there.
Robert OppedisanoNovember 15, 2016 at 2:50 am
Nary a work of serious history on this list. Paul Ginsborg’s 2 volumes on 19th and 20th century Italy are essential reading, as is anything by John Dickie.
IshitaJanuary 8, 2017 at 7:16 pm
I may have missed replying to your msg. Sorry and thanks so much!
LynNovember 7, 2016 at 11:14 pm
It is a great list Ishita. I have made note of several I would like to read when I return to Aus.
IshitaNovember 7, 2016 at 11:22 pm
Where are you 🙂 Thanks so much and enjoy yourself!
IshitaNovember 7, 2016 at 11:23 pm
Sorry for my absent mindedness. Have a nice time in NZ!
LynNovember 7, 2016 at 11:33 pm
Thanks Ishita, we are in the very south of the north island. It is stunning countryside
IshitaNovember 7, 2016 at 11:33 pm
I am sure, have heard wonderful things about the country. make the most of it!
LynNovember 7, 2016 at 11:34 pm
Ps Looks like you are reading some of my posts. I will send you an email that I recently received from the school I went to. Just for your info
IshitaNovember 7, 2016 at 11:35 pm
Yes I am:) love going through posts I missed or that are old. Thank you. Look fwd to it.
IshitaNovember 8, 2016 at 12:21 pm
Thanks Lyn. I checked and have marked it important for any future plans 😉
Stacy di Anna PollardNovember 6, 2016 at 7:13 pm
Ishita, what a fantastic post, thank you! Thanks to you, I have added many new titles to my wish list! I couldn’t agree with you more about Dianne Hales’ La Bella Lingua — it’s a must read for Italophiles! It was the first book I read that made me feel validated in my intense love of Italian and Italy. It really encouraged me to keep going on my journey! Brunelleschi’s Dome — amazing read, I love how it put me right in the action of Renaissance Florence. Leonardo and the Last Supper, also by Ross King, is a fantastic read too. As for Anthony Doerr, I am looking forward to reading Four Seasons in Rome. Did you read his All The Light We Cannot See? It is incredible (although not set in Italy but in WWII Germany & France). Happy reading, writing and studying Italian! xo
IshitaNovember 7, 2016 at 9:11 am
You are so kind cara. Im glad you enjoyed 🙂 nice to know you have read some of these books. I agree with you on La Bella Lingua. I haven’t read All the Light …. On my list 😉
allenrizziNovember 5, 2016 at 6:51 pm
I would like to humbly recommend my book: Our First Year – Sketches from an Alpine Village. You can find it here on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Our-First-Year-Sketches-Village-ebook/dp/B00B1IOTFW/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8
It is a true story!
IshitaNovember 6, 2016 at 3:21 pm
Thank you Allen .. I’m going to have a look now 🙂
IshitaNovember 7, 2016 at 1:15 pm
Just added it to my TBR <3 thank you and good luck!
Richard on DauntlessNovember 5, 2016 at 7:21 am
Thank you so much for your recommendations. Having just spent another two weeks in the Veneto it’s like my second home.
Also, I have been wanting to publish a post about books I like, but have been stymied by not having a vision of its organization. Now your post is a beautiful frame work.
Richard on Dauntless
IshitaNovember 5, 2016 at 11:00 am
Thanks Richard for your kind words. Please do share your list. Where in the Veneto do you stay?
Richard on DauntlessNovember 5, 2016 at 1:24 pm
I usually stay with friends in Budoia, a small town at the base of the Dolomiti and Piancavallo.
Using Budoia as my base, I visit my friends also in Pordenone, Codroipo (UD), Farra di Soligo (TV) & Treviso.
I love driving the Pedemontana.
My next post well be about Italia and friendship.
IshitaNovember 5, 2016 at 1:35 pm
wonderful!! So glad to connect 🙂 grazie for the info.
stef7saNovember 4, 2016 at 8:03 pm
I recently read Padre padrone, the book on which the famous film was based. A masterpiece in my opinion!
And may I be so bold as to suggest my about to be published “Living in Italy: the Real Deal – How to survive the Good Life”.
The creative non-fiction book contains sixty short stories about my adventures as a Dutch expat who moved to Italy in 2008 to start a bed and breakfast. It is the translation of the Dutch original that met with considerable success (sold 3000 copies) and had very positive readers’ reviews. It is published through Babelcube and contains 280 pages, 67.000 words.
Stef Smulders was born in The Netherlands in 1960 and moved with husband Nico and their dog to Italy in 2008 to start bed-and-breakfast Villa I Due Padroni in the beautiful wine region Oltrepò Pavese south of Milan. In 2014 he published his first volume of short, anecdotical stories (in Dutch) about daily life among the Italians entitled “Italiaanse Toestanden”. It was well received by readers, leading to a second volume of witty anecdotes. A third volume is to be published spring 2017.
In 2008 the author emigrated to Italy, bringing husband and dog along, to start Bed & Breakfast Villa I Due Padroni. But a lot of hurdles had to be taken before the first guests could be accommodated. In 2014 Stef reported about his adventures in buying and reconstructing the house, obtaining a tax number and a bank account, registering at the commune and at the national health service, importing their car and a range of other things that lead to a myriad of bureaucratic troubles. These problems were always resolved in a truly Italian fashion, leading to raised Dutch eyebrows and hilarious scenes. As a reader you will encounter a range of characteristic Italians, from sympathetic to villainous, from moving to shameless. Real Italians of flesh and blood, sometimes cliché, somtimes surprisingly original. But always worth encountering.
Have a look at my presentation page as well with fragments and a sneak preview if you like:
I could send you the epub or pdf if you want to.
Hope to hear from you
IshitaNovember 4, 2016 at 8:31 pm
Ciao Stef! Call it a strange coincidence or meant to be (if you believe in these sort of things) but someone on my Instagram page recommended your book to me yesterday! Freaky, no? I am intrigued to read of your experiences and know how Italy was to you and Nico. It is very nice of you to message me here. I have seen your presentation as well as the book online. I was always a paperback person but off late started using the technology to make reading cheaper on the pocket and easy! Could you email me a PDF of your book?? I will look for the paperback online on Amazon India. Grazie mille, Stef. Buonasera da India.
stef7saNovember 4, 2016 at 8:59 pm
Wow, che coinzidenza! Good to hear that instagram works! I am still waiting for Amazon to publish my book, it takes ages! I will send the pdf if I can find your email address on the site. Ciao, Stef
IshitaNovember 4, 2016 at 9:47 pm
its there on my about page. firstname.lastname@example.org
IshitaNovember 4, 2016 at 9:48 pm
Kathy GatesNovember 7, 2016 at 11:27 am
That was me! Glad to bring you two lovely Italophiles together.
As for books on Italy — agree with you Ishita about di Lampedusa, Calvino and Camilleri. Afraid we part ways on Ferrante — I only finished My Brilliant Friend because it was for a reading group. Love Ignazio Silone, Primo Levi, Giorgio Bassani and my new favourite Antonio Tabucchi.
As for authors who are Italophiles — Midnight in Sicily by Peter Robb is brilliant (particularly for good background on the Mafia); ditto Blood Washes Blood by Frank Viviano; Robb also wrote a biography on Caravaggio. Then just about anything by Tim Parks — fiction and non fiction. And finally for something that turns the whole ‘Under the Tuscan Sun’, ‘Eat Pray Love’ genre on its head there are three novels by James Hamilton-Patterson, starting with ‘Cooking with Fernet Branca’.
IshitaNovember 7, 2016 at 11:30 am
Thank you Kathy!! I am glad you mentioned him 🙂 I am making a new post of more favorites from Italy and a few you mentioned are already on it 😉 So many more to read. Adding to my goodreads. are you on that portal??
fkasaraNovember 6, 2016 at 1:01 am
Sorry for enterfering, but, as an Italian, I was impressed by your story. Did you really leave your country to open a B&B in the reign of impossible bureaucracy? Wow, you are a hero FOR REAL. Hands down.
Kathy GatesNovember 7, 2016 at 11:28 am
He is, believe me he is!
Kathy GatesNovember 7, 2016 at 11:40 am
Yep Ishita, I’m on Goodreads under my name.
IshitaNovember 7, 2016 at 11:50 am
pamelaallegrettoDecember 9, 2016 at 2:21 am
Your book sounds fascinating and your bed and breakfast is beautiful. Best wishes!
Un po' di pepeNovember 4, 2016 at 1:11 pm
Great list Ishita. Italia-related books are one of my favourite things! I’ve read quite a few of them. I’ll have to read Andrea Camilleri. I was going to buy one of the books in Italia, but I bought the first 2 of Elena Ferrante’s novels in Italian. Now I’m torn whether I want to read them now or read book no 3 in English. I also went to a writers conference so came back with quite a few good books. I loved the Sixteen Pleasures and My Cousin the Saint. I also recommend Carlo Levi’s Cristo si e Fermato ad Eboli. I’ve read it twice in both English and Italiano. Yes it is a real shame that ‘Elena Ferrante’s’ privacy was not respected! Ciao, Cristina
IshitaNovember 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm
You must read Camilleri. I’m a fan of Sicily even more so because of him.. happy reading Ferrante no 3 first. I can understand the dilemma of what book to start. I just started with Munro’s short stories today. Thank you for your great recos.. ciao ciao!
pamelaallegrettoDecember 9, 2016 at 2:15 am
I also strongly recommend Carlo Levi’s “Cristo si e` Fermato ad Eboli.”
IshitaDecember 9, 2016 at 11:12 am
Thanks Pamela. I have hard a lot about it apparently there is a movie too.
Joyce Poggi HagerNovember 3, 2016 at 6:24 pm
Great list. I’ve read several on it and appreciate the other recommendations. I enjoyed Under the Tuscan Sun by Frances Mayes and would highly recommend A Kiss From Maddalena by Christopher Castellani.
IshitaNovember 4, 2016 at 10:20 am
Thank you Joyce. I have another list coming soon. Il check the book you suggested 🙂
awtytravelsNovember 2, 2016 at 11:42 pm
Some very interesting choices here, well done Ishita, you deserve honorary citizenship! Being a Piedmontese I’d like to suggest another couple of titles that, to me, are good testimonials of my beloved region. La luna e i falò, by Cesare Pavese, is one. Una questione privata, by Beppe Fenoglio, is another and, finally, Marcovaldo by Italo Calvino, possibly the one of the bunch I’m the most attached to. There used to be a great podcast/audiobook on Marcovaldo, narrated by a chap with a splendid Turin Piedmontese accent, the one that’s now almost completely disappeared… Nostalgia!
Thanks for being so interested in our country!
IshitaNovember 2, 2016 at 11:48 pm
Grazie mille Fabrizio.. I wish I got citizenship for being passionate about Italy 😛 I am learning Italian and these titles that you suggested are new to me. I doubt I will find their English version. Also, I have read and loved Marcovaldo. I am sure the narration must have been splendid. PS- not yet been to Piedmont but dreaming 🙂
awtytravelsNovember 2, 2016 at 11:56 pm
Hi there Ishita. I do think you’ll find Fenoglio translated in English, a bit less sure for Pavese, even though you’ll find him in French if you know that language.
IshitaNovember 2, 2016 at 11:59 pm
Sadly no French for me I think Italian is enough 😉
pamelaallegrettoDecember 9, 2016 at 2:12 am
I am also a big fan of both Italo Calvino and Cesere Pavese.
KellyNovember 2, 2016 at 10:25 am
Hi Ishita, it’s Kelly from Instagram! I haven’t read any of these books yet, but I think this is pretty much my reading list from here on out lol!
IshitaNovember 2, 2016 at 1:12 pm
Lovely to find you here Kelly. Are you Kellyinitaly on Instagram? Just confirming 🙂 LOL! yes 😉
KellyNovember 2, 2016 at 1:42 pm
Yes, that’s me! 😉
IshitaNovember 2, 2016 at 7:25 pm
pamelaallegrettoNovember 1, 2016 at 10:47 pm
Such a wonderful book list. I am familiar with most and will definitely check out the others. I would humbly like to add my historical novel: “Bridge of Sighs and Dreams.” World War II Nazi-occupied Rome sets the stage for this drama based on real people and events. It is a story of betrayal, dignity, and purpose that highlights the brutality toward Italian citizens under both Mussolini’s Fascist regime and the Nazi occupation. My research included interviews throughout Italy in addition to translating documents and publications. The discovery of personal letters and journals augmented my study. The consistent manifestation of hope, scribbled across those abandoned pieces of paper, afforded a valuable glimpse into the Italian sentiment during this horrific period. I have not altered facts to fit my fiction; instead, I utilized truth to enhance my characters and their story. You can read more about the novel and Amazon reviews by clicking on “Fiction” on my WordPress site home page. I would be happy to hear any reader feedback. Saluti!
IshitaNovember 2, 2016 at 9:05 am
Grazie Pamela. I have your book on my TBR since ages but never got around to reading it. I would love to read it and am sure many of the followers would too. Thanks for sharing it sounds molto interesting. xo
pamelaallegrettoDecember 9, 2016 at 2:10 am
Grazie mille. I hope you take the opportunity to read my novel and that you will enjoy it. Tanti auguri!
IshitaDecember 9, 2016 at 11:13 am
Grazie Pamela. I definitely will, sorry my reading is so slow these days but I will definitely get to it.
Valorie Grace HallinanNovember 1, 2016 at 8:25 pm
What a great idea this is. I love Doerr’s memoir. Have read all the Ferrante Neopolitan novels, and The Leopard. Can’t wait to read Larihi’s memoir, and you’ve given me some other great suggestions!
IshitaNovember 2, 2016 at 9:06 am
Aww Valorie thank you so much.. your comments always encourage me. I will write another post too. Stay tuned!
TanjaNovember 1, 2016 at 7:17 pm
I’ve got the Name of the Rose at home. great book!
MyBookJacketNovember 1, 2016 at 9:39 am
Just added everything to the TBR. Particularly Camilleri. I’ve been seeing hus books around and kept wondering where I’d heard of him. Now I remember. Haha. Great post as always!
IshitaNovember 1, 2016 at 9:42 am
Haha 😉 Good thinking. He has a lot of books so start with the first unless you want to feel lost. Shape of the Water is the first one.
MyBookJacketNovember 1, 2016 at 10:10 am
Checking immediately. Thanks Ishita!
IshitaNovember 1, 2016 at 10:32 am
Most welcome babe
kiki1469November 1, 2016 at 7:20 am
Great list! I’ve read most of them. Am reading “In Other Words” now. If you haven’t read “The Sixteen Pleasures,” you should. It’s a fictional telling of the Florence flood in 1966 and the “mud angels” who came to help.. It’s one of my favorites.
IshitaNovember 1, 2016 at 9:10 am
Thank you Kiki. I haven’t read that one..surely going to check it out.
The Wandering JewNovember 1, 2016 at 4:16 am
Trieste and the Meaning of Nowhere is fabulous, and I just picked up The Leopard in a charity bookshop (50p!) so I’m glad it’s on your list. For light travel writing, I loved Vroom by the Sea, by Peter Moore. For deeper (read: more depressing) reading, Primo Levi’s “The Periodic Table” and “If This Is A Man” are both must-reads.
fkasaraNovember 1, 2016 at 5:01 am
Primo Levi’s books might belong to the “depressing” sphere but they are a must, especially If This is a Man. Once you read it, you won’t be the same anymore.
IshitaNovember 1, 2016 at 9:17 am
I have only read one of his books and now I will be cautious before I pick up. I am in a short stories kinda mood these days.
Kathy GatesNovember 7, 2016 at 11:36 am
No don’t be cautious – he was a brilliant writer and thinker.
IshitaNovember 1, 2016 at 9:15 am
There are so many light reads that I haven’t included in this post but will do in a separate post. Thank you so much. I am checking If This is a Man.
The Wandering JewNovember 2, 2016 at 1:34 am
I’m working on a translation of one of his other books (a collection of essays/articles) at the moment, so I’m going through biographies/interviews he conducted etc…. Fascinating man, and not many, if any, better 1st hand chroniclers of Holocaust history.
IshitaNovember 2, 2016 at 9:02 am
Wonderful and sounds exciting. Thanks for sharing
Manja Mexi MovieNovember 1, 2016 at 4:12 am
I bought one already (La bella lingua) and have another on the list (Lahiri), all thanks to you. 🙂 And I’ve recently read the entire Neapolitan series by Ferrante. It’s truly mind-blowing, and for everybody who has moved to Italy as I have, a bit revealing as well.
IshitaNovember 1, 2016 at 9:14 am
Aww I am glad, cara. It is mind blowing and very very sad.
The WayfarerNovember 1, 2016 at 2:23 am
I’ll have to check out that book on Trieste because I absolutely love that city!
IshitaNovember 1, 2016 at 9:13 am
I love it too <3 Its best to read it after visiting
noreenmcgNovember 1, 2016 at 2:14 am
Thanks so much for compiling this list Ishita!
IshitaNovember 1, 2016 at 9:12 am
I am glad you liked it 🙂
foodinbooksNovember 1, 2016 at 2:13 am
A wonderful list of Italian-inspired books! I’ve read most of these so I agree that they definitely transport you to Italia. I actually blogged about The Name of the Rose, and if you’re interested in reading it, here is the link. I’d love to get your feedback on it. Ciao Italia! https://foodinbooks.com/2016/03/07/the-name-of-the-rose-by-umberto-eco/
IshitaNovember 1, 2016 at 9:12 am
How cool! I am checking it out. Yes this is a very basic must read list. I am going to post another one soon too.
Avinash GuptaNovember 1, 2016 at 1:27 am
This list has my two absolute favorites- Invisible cities & In Other Words. The other book I am looking forward to read from your list is Trieste
IshitaNovember 1, 2016 at 9:11 am
Wonderful!! I hope you first visit Trieste and then read it 😉
Avinash GuptaNovember 2, 2016 at 1:11 pm
Some day 🙂
margieinitalyNovember 1, 2016 at 1:16 am
A great reading list to be sure, Ishita. Thank you for putting all of these great books together with your reviews I have read several but I have new recommendations, thanks to you
IshitaNovember 1, 2016 at 9:11 am
Thank you so much Margie. This is a very basic list and I already have another one ready 😉