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).
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.