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Italian writers

There seem to be a trickle of activity in the forum, so I'm taking advantage of that. I'm not doing a poll because I don't think they're that interesting.

What do you like? What have you read?

At the moment I'm open to just about anything, I've read most of the 20th century canon. I'm curious about contemporaries.

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You must create a poll, to sparkle a controversy

Anyways, I do not read much italians...Lampedusa, Italo Calvino, Eco, Montale... then Bocaccio, Ariosto and Dante. Dante I have read a lot, one of my favorites. Eco many of the technical stuff, his fiction does not appeal me much. Calvino I read well enough.

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Ungaretti is good.

And Confessions of Zeno by Svevo.

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Dino Buzzati - Il deserto dei Tartari is one of the great existential novels and he wrote many good short stories too.

Italo Calvino is also an interesting writer, haven't read much from him though.

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Decameron But you have read it probably already.
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Decameron But you have read it probably already.
No, but I'll come to it I'm sure.

Noone's mentioned Pirandello yet. Reading one of his right now, it's good stuff. Otherwise Calvino is maybe the most interesting style I've seen so far. Should also mention Primo Levi's "Se questo č un uomo", about his experience in a concentration camp.

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Camillieri's stories about Inspector Montalbano are very good. Well, the two I read.... and I am by no means a crime fiction aficionado.

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Camillieri's stories about Inspector Montalbano are very good. Well, the two I read.... and I am by no means a crime fiction aficionado.
Don't know much about him but the other well known crime story writer is Leonardo Sciascia, where he usually has a bone to pick with the mafia/corruption. All the stories are set in Sicily afaik.

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YEah, I suppose he's Sciascia's heir in a way, though I didnt read any of Sciascia's fiction.

Camilleri is perhaps less overtly political though (Montalbano is really rather tired of politics).

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I forgot Pirandello... read 1 short story, some essays and 2 plays. Forget Machiavelli too and to mention a handful of old novellino collections. And Da Vinci notebook and fables and some poems of Michelangelo.

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I've only read Eco and 'Luther Blissett'/'Wu Ming', I must admit.

I need to rectify this.

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Montalbano was great tv series as well.
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^It's better than all the British and Swedish crap we're fed on Danish Tv (publicly funded, no kidding).

I guess we've come all around the block now except the 19th century, so I will mention Leopardi who pointed out that fashion is the sister of death.

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+ I recommend microhistorian Carlo Ginzburg's The Cheese and the Worms about a plain miller from the 1500s who was indicted by the inquisition and describes his weird worldview (world as a cheese, created from milk, eaten by worms) in the proceedings. He's sort of a layman's or peasant's Giordano Bruno, the miller.

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A few days ago I was going to start a poll on the Italian novelists then realized I could not even choose 30 novelists out of the thousands of them.
I read some good suggestions in this thread. Italo Calvino is definitely one among my favs for example.
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Does anyone remember Gianni Rodari?
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Does anyone remember Gianni Rodari?
yeah, of course. He is famous mostly for the books for children. Honestly I haven't read anything from Rodari because my parents read the books for me.
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I liked the Italian disney pocket books (Topolino).

Didn't know they were translated from Italian back then though, of course.

There was one story about a common baker who constructed a cake for a competition/expo. The cake then made the template for the Duomo of Milan.

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Since we have reached this point. This is the best Italian fumetto IMO:

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