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83 popular italian books
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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Der Name der Rose by Umberto Eco DE

Rating: 4 (2 votes)
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
Daß er in den Mauern der prächtigen Benediktinerabtei an den Hängen des Apennin das Echo eines verschollenen Lachens hören würde, das hell und klassisch herüberklingt aus der Antike, damit hat der englische Franziskanermönch William von Baskerville nicht gerechnet. Zusammen mit Adson von Melk, seinem etwas tumben, jugendlichen Adlatus, ist er in einer höchst delikaten politischen Mission unterwegs. Doch in den sieben Tagen ihres Aufenthalts werden die beiden mit kriminellen Ereignissen und drastischen Versuchungen konfrontiert: Ein Mönch ist im Schweineblutbottich ertrunken, ein anderer aus de... continue

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Don't Tell Me You're Afraid by Giuseppe Catozzella EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
Based on a remarkable true story, an unforgettable Somali girl risks her life on the migrant journey to Europe to run in the Olympic Games At eight years of age, Samia lives to run. She shares her dream with her best friend and neighbor, Ali, who appoints himself her "professional coach." Eight-year-old Ali trains her, times her, and pushes her to achieve her goals. For both children, Samia's running is the bright spot in their tumultuous life in Somalia. She is talented, brave, and determined to represent her country in the Olympic Games, just like her hero, the great Somali runner Mo Farah. ... continue

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El difunto Matías Pascal by Luigi Pirandello ES

Rating: 5 (2 votes)
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
Mattia Pascal lleva una vida monótona en una ciudad de provincias. Luego, providencialmente, descubre que ha sido declarado muerto. Al darse cuenta de que tiene la oportunidad de empezar de nuevo, de hacerlo bien esta vez, se muda a una nueva ciudad, adopta un nuevo nombre y un nuevo curso de vida, sólo para descubrir que esta nueva existencia es tan insoportable como la anterior. Pero cuando regresa al mundo que dejó atrás, ya es demasiado tarde: su trabajo ha desaparecido y su esposa se ha vuelto a casar. El destino de Mattia Pascal es seguir viviendo como el fant... continue


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Family Lexicon by Natalia Ginzburg EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
Natalia Ginzburg wrote her masterful, Strega Prize winning novel Family Lexicon while living in London in the 1960s. Homesick for her big, noisy Italian family, she summoned them in this novel, which is a celebration of the routines and rituals, in-jokes and insults and, above all, the repeated sayings that make up every family.


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Happiness, as Such by Natalia Ginzburg EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
The hauntingly beautiful epistolary novel from "a glowing light of modern Italian literature" (New York Times Book Review) Longlisted for the PEN Translation Award

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I, Francis by Carlo Carretto EN

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Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
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.

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If on a Winter's Night a Traveller by Italo Calvino EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
Leads you through many different books including a detective adventure, a romance, a satire, an erotic story, a diary, and a quest.


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