Italian Lit month March 2018








I know I do Spanish lit month with Richard, but I was sat the other day in my book room and started looking at how many books from Italy. I thought I would love to do an Italian lit month since reading most of Zibaldone last year one of the defining books of Italian literature. I have been wanting to add a few more titles to my Italian list.So I decide March is a quiet month for me blog-wise I would suggest doing a lit month for Italy. I also like to throw in a couple of films at some point not quite made mind up which two to pick to watch.  I have on my shelves from Alberto Moravia and Italo Svevo









Both of whom I have read but neither is on the blog.Then I have read and reviewed a few books from Italo Calvino and a couple by Claudio Magris












Danube is one I want to feature after finishing river recently another book based around a river . Then I also have a couple of books by Giorgio Bassani and Giovanni Verga .Then I have a number of books by Europa editions which is an offshoot of an Italian publisher.








They have published crime novels, lit fiction and of course Elena Ferrante.HAve you a favourite Italian writer?

Some websites and lists

Best Italian novels on Goodreads.

Tim parks five books from Italy .

10 modern Novels from Italy 

15 Italian writers who aren’t Elena Ferrante

Italian cultural institute  .

Complete review Italian lit under review.

My Italian reviews.

OUP  blog why read Italian Literature 

Europa Editions




19 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Jonathan
    Jan 11, 2018 @ 20:24:39

    I have a couple of Italian books that I’ve been meaning to read so I may well join you Stu.


  2. lizzysiddal
    Jan 11, 2018 @ 21:54:39

    It’s a busy month with Ayewrite up here, but I should be able to slip in a couple of books to support this.


  3. Emma
    Jan 11, 2018 @ 22:04:03

    I might join you. It’s more a question of time than anything else.
    I recommend Erri de Luca.


  4. TravellinPenguin
    Jan 11, 2018 @ 22:19:48

    You certainly have a good selection. I should look on my shelves.


  5. Lisa Hill
    Jan 11, 2018 @ 22:21:35

    Yes, I’m in, I have plenty of Italian books on the TBR!


  6. Pat
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 04:08:04

    Great idea, count me in I’ll post my target books later


  7. Bellezza
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 05:25:15

    How exciting! I will join you with at least one book. I have found some excellent reads from the Strega list of winners for Italian literature. Great idea, Stu, for March!


  8. kaggsysbookishramblings
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 09:44:03

    What a great idea (and lovely piles of books!) I have plenty of unread Italians, I’m sure, so I will try to join in! 🙂


  9. Caroline
    Jan 12, 2018 @ 19:57:01

    This is something I wanted to do for ages as Italian Literature is among my favourites. And I’m half Italian. I could recommend dozens but you already have a wonderful list.


  10. kimbofo
    Jan 13, 2018 @ 15:05:23

    Great idea, Stu. I will scour my shelves and see what Italian books I have that I could read. I did go through a Massimo Carlotto phase but his work is very dark and violent so I have to be in the right mood.


  11. Richard
    Jan 16, 2018 @ 18:12:49

    Cool idea! I thought about hosting one of these the last couple of years, but I lazied out instead. By the way, I hope to read Magris’ Danube early this year as well. Happy reading!


  12. Annabel (gaskella)
    Jan 19, 2018 @ 15:49:41

    I’m in. I have a couple of recent big Italian novels on my pile to read – including Suburra – and plenty of others on the shelf too. Excellent!


  13. Pat
    Mar 11, 2018 @ 17:42:00


  14. Pat
    Mar 13, 2018 @ 22:54:49

    And here is my third post, I hope I’m not the only one posting


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