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Carlo Collodi (1881)
The Adventures of Pinocchio

A new, unabridged translation of Italy's greatest children's novel.

Primo Levi (1947)
If This Is a Man

A fundamental analysis of the composition and of the history of the Lager, that is, of the humiliation, of the offence, of the degradation of man, which preceded genocide.

Umberto Eco (1980)
The Name of the Rose

Strega prize 1981. The most intelligent - and at the same time the most amusing - book in years (Der Spiegel).

Alessandro Baricco (1993)
Ocean Sea

Viareggio prize 1993. On the sea, a long time ago, a French frigate runs aground. 147 men seek safety on a raft... .

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.

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)

Dacia Maraini (1990)
The Long Life of Marianna Ucrìa

Campiello prize 1990. Marianna, immured in her mysterious and disturbing silence, lives, loves, and suffers in 17th century Sicily.

Alda Merini (2002)
Poems

Among the loftiest voices of Italy's contemporary poetry. Accademia di Francia's 2002 Nobel Prize for Literature nominee.

Ennio Flaiano (1947)
A Time to Kill

Strega prize 1947. Against the backdrop of Italy's Ethiopian war (1935-1936), the inner drama of a lieutenant guilty of murdering a native girl.

Mario Biondi (1985)
The Eyes of a Woman

Campiello prize 1985. A great Italian family saga unfolding with the events that have come to mark the twentieth century.

Mario Biondi (1999)
Code Shadow

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

Dino Buzzati (1940)
The Desert of the Tartars

The novel that established Dino Buzzati amongst Italy's great twentieth-century writers.

Niccolò Ammaniti (1996)
The Zoologist

From the collection Mud, an hilarious short story by Italy's most successful novelist of his generation.

Niccolò Ammaniti (2001)
I'm Not Scared

The first pages of the moving novel that earned Ammaniti the 2001 Premio Viareggio-Repaci.

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.

Cesare Pavese (1950)
The Moon and the Bonfires

The first chapter of this great Italian writer's last novel.

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.

Aldo Busi (1985)
The Standard Life of a Temporary Pantyhose Salesman

The first twenty pages of the masterpiece of one of Italy's most popular contemporary writers.

Andrea DeCarlo (1989)
Two of Two

Two friends, two choices, two stories in DeCarlo's great, best-selling novel.

Alessandro Manzoni (1821)
The Betrothed

A new, faithful translation of Italy's greatest classic novel.