The Italia Reading Challenge – Completed!

I have completed the Italia Reading Challenge, which was a challenge for me to read books by Italian authors throughout the year 2022. I would like to thank Emma from Book Around the Corner for contributing to this challenge and the first two books in the selection above are her review contributions. The challenge covered such diverse genres as literary fiction (Pavese), historical fiction (Bassani), play (Pirandello), non-fiction (Angela), short story (Buzzati) and memoir/poetry (Dante), as well as authors born in such diverse regions of Italy as Sardinia (Pulixi), Veneto (Buzzati), Piedmont (Pavese), Lazio (Rome) (Morante), Tuscany (Florence) (Dante), Varese (Fo), and Sicily (Pirandello).

I. Emma, Book Around the CornerThe Island of Souls by Piergiorgio Pulixi 

II. Emma, Book Around the CornerThe Day Will Come by Giulia Caminito

III. The Moon and The Bonfire by Cesare Pavese – ★★★★

IV. Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello – ★★★★

V. A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome by Alberto Angela – ★★★★

VI. La Vita Nuova by Dante Alighieri – ★★★★★

VII. The Siren: A Selection of Short Stories by Dino Buzzati – ★★★1/2

VIII. Arturo’s Island by Elsa Morante – ★★★★

IX. Accidental Death of an Anarchist by Dario Fo – ★★★★★

X. Essentials of Classic Italian Cooking by Marcella Hazan – ★★★★★

XI. Catastrophe & Other Stories by Dino Buzzati – ★★★★

XII. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani – ★★★★

For this challenge, I also compiled a list titled “Italian Literature Recommendations for Each Zodiac Sign“, as well as talked about Italian children’s literature to celebrate the International Children’s Day.


18 thoughts on “The Italia Reading Challenge – Completed!

  1. I am in total awe, Diana. I’d like to think I’d tackle at least a couple of these titles, even if the categories in toto are beyond me, and the Finzi-Contini novel perhaps will be in the vanguard!

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  2. Congratulations! But no Italo Calvino?
    I’m addicted to this author, so much so that I decided to learn Italian to read hin in the original text. Currently reading his book on Why Read the Classics?

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    1. Thanks! Calvino is great. Like Umberto Eco, I think he is one of the better known, if not the best known, author(s) outside of Italy, and I wanted to draw attention to other writers. I’ve heard good things about this non-fiction of his, and I absolutely love Invisible Cities, too.

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