italian literature

Giacomo Sartori’s ‘Bug’ Melds Whimsy and Substance

Giacomo Sartori’s ‘Bug’ Melds Whimsy and Substance

Sartori's Bug is a study in quirkiness, but it is founded upon a serious and complex substratum.

‘The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories’

‘The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories’

Jhumpa Lahiri's picks for The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories may betray her sympathies. She has no problem with this.

Farewell to the “Father of Montalbano”, Sicilian Novelist Andrea Camilleri

Farewell to the “Father of Montalbano”, Sicilian Novelist Andrea Camilleri

The beloved character Salvo Montalbano, like its author, the late Sicilian novelist Andrea Camilleri ("il padre di Montalbano"), can be brusque and ornery, but he has a strong ethical code and passionate commitment to justice.

Loss and Selfishness, Isolation and Pleasure and Other Themes in Italian Literature

Loss and Selfishness, Isolation and Pleasure and Other Themes in Italian Literature

Tim Parks' A Literary Tour of Italy is no tour guide of the haunts of famous writers; it's an informative choice for readers seeking the best that Italian writers can offer.