Books set in Italy (21)


1.

Accabadora by Michela Murgia EN

Rating: 4.5     3 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
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
Recommended: 06 Oct 2022

2.

An Equal Music by Vikram Seth EN

Rating: 3.5     29 Votes
Country: Asia / India flag India
Description:
The author of the international bestseller A Suitable Boy returns with a powerful and deeply romantic tale of two gifted musicians. Michael Holme is a violinist, a member of the successful Maggiore Quartet. He has long been haunted, though, by memories of the pianist he loved and left ten years earlier, Julia McNicholl. Now Julia, married and the mother of a small child, unexpectedly reenters his life and the romance flares up once more. Against the magical backdrop of Venice and Vienna, the two lovers confront the truth about themselves and their love, about the music that both unites and div... continue
Recommended: 31 Oct 2022

3.

Christ Stopped at Eboli by Carlo Levi EN

0 Ratings
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
Temple Rome has variant printings.
Recommended: 01 Nov 2022

4.

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.
Recommended: 06 Oct 2022

5.
In einem anderen Land

In einem anderen Land by Ernest Hemingway DE

Rating: 3     1 Vote
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Recommended: 01 Feb 2023

6.

Invisible Cities by Italo Calvino EN

Rating: 4     79 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
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

7.

My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante EN

Rating: 5     7 Votes
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
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

8.

One, None and a Hundred Thousand by Luigi Pirandello EN

Rating: 3.7     3 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

9.

Silk by Alessandro Baricco EN

Rating: 5     1 Vote
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
In 1861 French silkworm merchant Hervé Joncour travels to Japan, where he encounters the mysterious Hara Kei. He develops a painful longing for Kei's beautiful concubine - but they cannot touch; they don't even speak. And he cannot read the note she sends him until he has returned to his own country. But the moment he does, Joncour is enslaved.Subtle, tender and surprising, Silk is an evocative tale of erotic possession.
Recommended: 13 Oct 2022

10.
Nives

Tell me about it by Sacha Naspini EN

0 Ratings
Country: Europe / Italy flag Italy
Description:
Nives has recently lost her husband of fifty years. She didn't cry when she found him dead in the pig pen, she didn't cry at the funeral, but now loneliness has set in. When she decides to bring her favourite chicken inside for company, she is surprised to discover that the chicken's company is a more than adequate replacement for her dead husband.
Recommended: 06 Oct 2022


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