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Top 15 Italian Authors of All Time!

TOP 15 MUST READ ITALIAN WRITERS!
Ciao lettori da Italia ! Questa è la mia lista dei più grandi romanzieri della storia italiana .

‘Hello readers from Italy! This is my list of the greatest novelists of Italian history.’

These book recommendations from Italy cover their literary masterpieces, the Italian view on the suffering of war, and other joyous and sad memories of this grand country. There is one rogue Englishman is this list. That’s because the historical detail of the time is so vivid. I hope you all enjoy!


TOP 5 CLASSIC ITALIAN WRITERS!
1. Dante Alighieri - Divine Comedy - 1308
This hellish trilogy takes you through the inferno, purgatory and paradise.


2. Giovanni Boccaccio - The Decameron - 1375
Ten nobles tell a hundred stories to escape their plague-ridden plight.


3. Giovanni Francesco Straparola - The Facetious Nights of Straparola - 1555
Modelled on ‘The Decameron’ with its storytelling, party guests share tall tales.


4. Stendhal - Armance - 1827
The first, and classic, work by the mononymous Italian.


5. Alessandro Manzoni - Betrothed - 1827
A historical love story set during the time of the Black Death.



TOP 5 ITALIAN WAR WRITERS!
1. Alberto Moravia - The Time of Indifference - 1929
Amidst a Fascist regime, a mismatched love affair is told over days.


2. Italo Calvino - The Path to the Nest Spiders - 1947
His tells the hardships of a young cobbler and prostitute sister struggling with WW2 life.


3. Pier Paulo Pasolini - The Ragazzi - 1955
A gang of youths lives, impoverished in post WW2 Rome.


4. Giorgio Bassani - Garden of the Finzi-Continis - 1962 
This depicts the Jewish plight after WW1.


5. Prime Levi - Periodic Table - 1975
The memoir of a Jew led from Italy to Auschwitz.



TOP 5 HISTORICAL ITALIAN WRITERS!
1. Emilio Salgari - Mystery of the Black Jungle - 1895
A hunter discovers strange occurrences in the jungle; when one of his men is killed, the mystery gets as thick as the jungle.


2. Robert Graves - I, Claudius - 1934
Not an Italian writer but still a fantastic fictional depiction of Ancient Roman life.


3. Giuseppe di Lampedusa - The Leopard - 1958
This classic novel portrays the rich Sicilian aristocracy.


4. Leonardo Sciascia - The Day of the Owl - 1961
A man is murdered and the case detective suspects the Sicilian Mafia.


5. Umberto Eco - The Name of the Rose - 1980
In an abbey in 14 Century Italy, after suspicion of heresy, an investigation is launched but is derailed by seven mysterious murders.



7SS STAR PICK - THE NAME OF THE ROSE

Happy Reading!







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