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Great Italian Writers Index

Carlo Collodi (1881)
The Adventures of Pinocchio
An unabridged translation of Italy's greatest children's novel.

Italo Calvino (1972)
The Invisible Cities
"What is the city today, for us? I believe that I have written something like a last love poem addressed to the cities, at a time when it is becoming increasingly difficult to live them as cities." (From a Calvino's lecture, New York City (US), 1983).

Mario Biondi (1999)
Code Shadow
An obscure power controls all that we write, say, think? Find out in Mario Biondi's riveting thriller.

Dacia Maraini (1990)
The Long Life of Marianna Ucrìa
Marianna, immured in her mysterious and disturbing silence, lives, loves, and suffers in 17th century Sicily.

Oriana Fallaci (2008)
A Hat Full of Cherries
A family saga that has the breadth of a great nineteenth-century novel that moves, captivates, and makes one smile.

Alda Merini (2002)
Six Poems
Among the loftiest voices of Italy's contemporary poetry. Académie Française's 1996 Nobel Prize for Literature nominee.

Niccolo' Ammaniti (1996)
The Zoologist
From the collection Mud, an hilarious short story by Italy's most successful novelist of his generation.

Mario Biondi (1985)
The Eyes of a Woman
Premio Campiello 1985 (Italy's top literary award). A great Italian family saga unfolding with the events that have come to mark the twentieth century.

Cesare Pavese (1950)
The Moon and the Bonfires
The first chapter of this great Italian writer's last novel.

Ennio Flaiano (1947)
A Time to Kill
Against the backdrop of Italy's Ethiopian war (1935-1936), the inner drama of a lieutenant guilty of murdering a native girl.

Elio Vittorini (1941)
Conversation in Sicily
A testimony on Fascist Italy and the portrayal of the hard and insufferable condition of the courageous few who chose to stand up to it.

Dino Buzzati (1940)
The Desert of the Tartars
The novel that established Dino Buzzati amongst Italy's great twentieth-century writers.

Carlo Emilio Gadda (1946)
That Awful Mess on the Via Merulana
From this masterpiece by the father of Italy's Neo-avanguardia, The Palace of Gold.

Niccolo' Ammaniti (2001)
I'm Not Scared
The first pages of the moving novel that earned Ammaniti the 2001 Premio Viareggio-Repaci.

Andrea DeCarlo (1989)
Two of Two
Two friends, two choices, two stories in DeCarlo's great, best-selling novel.

Umberto Eco (2001)
Holy Wars, Passion and Reason
Random thoughts upon the superiority of cultures.

Aldo Busi (1985)
The Standard Life of a Temporary Pantyhose Salesman
The first twenty pages of the masterpiece of one of Italy's greatest contemporary writers.

Aldo Busi (2001)
Letter Written from Another Son to Another Dad
A perfect son writes the dream-dad we've all wished to have. From: Manual of the Perfect Dad.

Carmen Covito (2002)
The Red and the Swarthy
Archeology, adventure, and comedy, in one of Italy's most brilliant writers' latest novel.

Carmen Covito (2001)
Tales from the Web
Seven short stories by this brilliant Italian novelist, now collected into Italy's first self-published e-book.

Vincenzo Cerami (2001)
Forgotten Lips
There she was, at last, popping out from behind the newsstand at Piazza Trilussa. She had dropped out of sight for a half hour now. Carlo heaved a good sigh and was back on her tail....

Alessandro Manzoni (1821)
The Betrothed
An unabridged translation of Italy's greatest classic novel.

Ercole Guidi (2001)
The Long Journey of the Western Mind
From classical to post-modern, a chronological journey through the masters and the events that have shaped the Western Mind.