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Recommended books (14)
Travel the world without leaving your chair. The target of the Read Around The World Challenge is to read at least one book written by an author from each and every country in the world. All books that are listed here as part of the Read Around Europe Challenge were written by authors from Italy. Find a great book for the next part of your reading journey around the world from this book list. The following popular books have been recommended so far.

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I, Francis by Carlo Carretto EN

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Seeks to present the life and teaching of St Francis of Assisi in the form of an imaginary autobiography. At the same time, Carretto takes the liberty of having Francis address the problems of today, a world deeply committed to atheism, but on the brink of radical faith.
Recommended: 08 Nov 2018
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If on a Winter's Night a Traveler by Italo Calvino, William Weaver EN

Rating: 3     51 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
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Ten different and thoroughly dissimilar novels intertwine as the beginning of each book, interrupted at a critical moment of suspense, leads into yet another novel reflecting yet another literary mode
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Recommended: 09 Apr 2022
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Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino EN

Rating: 4     77 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
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In Kublai Khan's garden, at sunset, the young Marco Polo diverts the aged emperor from his obsession with the impending end of his empire with tales of countless cities past, present, and future
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022
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Malacqua by Nicola Pugliese EN

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First published by Calvino--this long-suppressed novel of a city under deluge shows a darker Naples, on the verge of collapse
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Recommended: 28 Jan 2018
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My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante EN

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
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Now an HBO series: the first volume in the New York Times–bestselling “enduring masterpiece” about a lifelong friendship between two women from Naples (The Atlantic). Beginning in the 1950s in a poor but vibrant neighborhood on the outskirts of Naples, Elena Ferrante’s four-volume story spans almost sixty years, as its main characters, the fiery and unforgettable Lila and the bookish narrator, Elena, become women, wives, mothers, and leaders, all the while maintaining a complex and at times conflicted friendship. This first novel in the series follows Lila and Elena from their fateful meeting ... continue
Recommended: 21 May 2022
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One, None and a Hundred Thousand by Luigi Pirandello EN

Rating: 4.5     2 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
2017 Reprint of 1933 Edition. Full facsimile of the original edition, not reproduced with Optical Recognition software. Pirandello began writing it in 1909. In an autobiographical letter, published in 1924, the author refers to this work as the ..".bitterest of all, profoundly humoristic, about the decomposition of life...." Vitangelo, the protagonist, discovers by way of a completely irrelevant question that his wife poses to him that everyone he knows, and everyone he has ever met, has constructed a Vitangelo persona in their own imagination and that none of these personas corresponds to the... continue
Recommended: 06 Mar 2022
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Sometimes the Soul : Two Novellas of Sicily by Gioia Timpanelli EN

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Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
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Displaying the author's acclaimed ability to recast ancient myth and folklore, two companion novellas follow two women, one of wealth and one of poverty, as they struggle to surmount isolation and social hierarchy and win their freedom. Reprint. 20,000 first printing.
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022
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The Children's Train by Viola Ardone EN

Rating: 4     8 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
“The innocence of childhood collides with the stark aftermath of war in this wrenching and ultimately redemptive tale of family, seemingly impossible choices, and the winding paths to destiny, which sometimes take us to places far beyond our imaginings.” – Lisa Wingate, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Before We Were Yours and The Book of Lost Friends "Ardone’s beautifully crafted story explores the meaning of identity and belonging...recommended to fans of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels." – The Library Journal “[The Children’s Train] leaves you with a great sense of the importance ... continue
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Recommended: 09 Apr 2021
9.

The Inferno by Dante Alighieri EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
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Writing his "Comedy" (the epithet "Divine" was added by later admirers) in exile from his native Florence, Dante aimed to address a world gone astray both morally and politically. It tells the story of a character who is at one and the same time both Dante himself and Everyman.
Recommended: 06 Mar 2022
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The Lying Life of Adults by Elena Ferrante EN

Rating: 4     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
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A powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, the beloved best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend. Giovanna's pretty face has changed: it's turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent. But is she seeing things as they really are? Into which mirror must she look to find herself and save herself? She is searching for a new face in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, which professes to be a place of excess and vulgarity. She moves between these two cities, d... continue
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Recommended: 10 Jun 2022
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The Name of the Rose by Umberto Eco EN

Rating: 3.5     158 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
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In 1327, Brother William of Baskerville is sent to investigate charges of heresy against Franciscan monks at a wealthy Italian abbey but finds his mission overshadowed by seven bizarre murders.
Recommended: 21 May 2022
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The Solitude of Prime Numbers by Paolo Giordano EN

Rating: 3.5     40 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
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"Mesmerizing...an exquisite rendering of what one might call feelings at the subatomic level." -The New York Times From the author of Heaven and Earth, a sensational novel about whether a "prime number" can ever truly connect with someone else A prime number is a lonely thing. It can only be divided by itself or by one, and it never truly fits with another. Alice and Mattia are both "primes"-misfits haunted by early tragedies. When the two meet as teenagers, they recognize in each other a kindred, damaged spirit. Years later, a chance encounter reunites them and forces a lifetime of concealed ... continue
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Recommended: 11 Sep 2022
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The Twenty Days of Turin by Giorgio De Maria EN

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Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
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Written during the height of the 1970s Italian domestic terror, a cult novel, with distinct echoes of Lovecraft and Borges, makes its English-language debut.
Recommended: 09 Apr 2022
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Tyttären varjo by Elena Ferrante EN

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Recommended: 10 Jun 2022

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