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




13 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


    • Pat
      Jan 12, 2018 @ 20:44:35

      Here’s my list , I’ll just have to get them read I guess
      Cristina Comencini When the Night
      Diego Marani New Finnish Grammar
      Annie Messina Le Myrte et la Rose
      Pino Corrias We’ll Sleep When We’re Old
      Pavese The moon and the bonfires
      Tiziano Scarpa Stabat Mater



  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!


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