Inspired by my trip to Venice, Italy, I decided to dive into the Italian literary world. What modern literature is popular there, and what was translated into English or Polish so now I can read it?
No list of Italian books can complete without mentioning the international success of Elena Ferrante and her series Neapolitan Novels. So I’m adding My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante to my list, and to be honest, this is the only book I knew of before I made this list. It is the story about two friends, Elena and Lila, in which Ferrante’s inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. The second book on my list is I’m Not Scared by Niccolò Ammaniti. It is said to be immensely powerful, lyrical and skillfully narrated novel, set in southern Italy, in which nine-year-old Michele discovers a secret so momentous, so terrible, that he daren’t tell anyone about it. Read an exclusive excerpt at BookBrowse today. The reader witnesses a dual story: the one that is seen through Michele’s eyes, and the tragedy involving the adults of this isolated hamlet. Don’t Move by Margaret Mazzantini.