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85 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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A Girl Returned by Donatella Di Pietrantonio EN

Rating: 5 (1 vote)
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"Told with an immediacy and a rare expressive intensity that has earned it countless adoring readers and one of Italy's most prestigious literary prizes, A Girl Returned marks the English-language debut of an extraordinary literary talent. Set against the stark, beautiful landscape of Abruzzo in central Italy, this is a compelling story about mothers and daughters, about responsibility, siblings, and caregiving. Without warning or explanation, an unnamed 13-year-old girl is sent away from the family she has always thought of as hers to live with her birth family: a large, chaotic assortment of... continue

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Accabadora by Michela Murgia EN

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The award winning Accabadora is an exceptional English–language debut, written with intriguing subtlety reflecting a sensual picture of local Italian life and death in villages during the 1950's. A time where family ties and obligations still decide much of life's ebb and flow. A must read for those who love a touch of the unusual. Formerly beautiful and at one time betrothed to a fallen soldier, Bonaria Urrai has a long held covenant with the dead. Midwife to the dying, easing their suffering and sometimes ending it, she is revered and feared in equal measure as the village's Accabadora. When... continue

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo EN

Rating: 4 (1 vote)
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In its first two years of production in Italy, Accidental Death of an Anarchist was seen by over half a million people. The play concerns the case of an anarchist railway worker who, in 1969, 'fell' to his death from a police headquarters window.

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Adua by Igiaba Scego EN

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A searing novel about a young immigrant woman's dream of freedom in Rome and the legacies of her African past.

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Artemisia by Anna Banti EN

Rating: 3 (1 vote)
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Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque painter, today considered one of the most accomplished painters in the generation following that of Caravaggio.

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Beyond Babylon by Igiaba Scego EN

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"Describes Argentina's horrific dirty war, the chaotic final years of brutal dictatorship in Somalia, and the modern-day excesses of Italy's right-wing politics through the words of two half-sisters, their mothers, and the elusive father who ties their stories together"--


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Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi EN

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Temple Rome has variant printings.

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Comrade Don Camillo by Giovanni Guareschi EN

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Number 4 in the Don Camillo series, beloved by 23 million readers. When Peppone loses out to Don Camillo on a matter of conscience he must accept the battling priest's presence among a group of communist activists on a trip he is organising to Mother Russia. Travelling incognito, Don Camillo becomes the life and soul of the Party and picks off his totalitarian comrades one-by-one in a hilarious riot of shrewd manipulation. But then fate intervenes and the travellers discover a surprise common denominator more radical than any political ideology... 'Those who read The Little World of Don Camill... continue

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De acht bergen by Paolo Cognetti NL

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Pietro is een stadsjongen uit Milaan. Zijn vader is scheikundige, en gefrustreerd door zijn werk in een fabriek. Zijn ouders delen een liefde voor de bergen, dat is waar ze elkaar ontmoetten, waar ze verliefd werden en waar ze trouwden in een kerkje aan de voet van de berg. Door deze gedeelde passie kan hun relatie voortbestaan, zelfs wanneer tragische gebeurtenissen plaatsvinden. Het stadsleven vervult hen vaak met gevoelens van spijt dat ze niet voor een ander leven hebben gekozen. Dan ontdekken ze een dorpje in het Noord-Italiaanse Val d’Aosta, waar het gezin vanaf dat moment iedere z... continue


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