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Trick - a stylish drama from one of Italy's best writers

“–Grandpa, I’m gonna play a trick on you.”

In the blurb to Domenico Starnone’s Trick the reader is asked to “Imagine a duel between two men” – and it’s impossible to read this book without doing exactly that. 416 more words

Literary Fiction & Non-Fiction

Carte Blanche by Carlo Lucarelli

Carte Blanche by Carlo Lucarelli

Italian crime fiction

Original title – Carta bianca

Translator – Michael Reynolds

Source – personal copy

I’m on too the second book for Italian Lit month and a crime novel. 617 more words


Modern Italy Is a Corrupt Dystopia in 'Ferocity'

Nicola Lagioia’s English-language debut, Ferocity, opens with a jarring scene: an unnamed girl, “naked and ashen, and covered in blood,” stumbles down a dark street, observed only by insects, a rat, and a “sky dancer lunging skyward.” Translated by Antony Shugaar, this sumptuous opener seems to set up a typical murder mystery, but it quickly wields allegory, social realism, domestic drama, and myth to create a layered and expansive novel. 1,054 more words


'Ties' by Domenico Starnone (Review)

While today’s post looks at a (fairly) recent Italian novel, I’m not going to lie to you – I’ll be doing a little more than just reviewing the book.   1,582 more words


Luis Sepúlveda 'The Shadow of What We Were'

–There in the middle of the assembly, Coco Aravena felt euphoric. The commission for agitation and propaganda of the Marxist-Leninist Communist Revolutionary Party, Mao Tse-Tung Thought, Enver Hoxha Tendency, which was very different from the liquidationist clique that called itself the Marxist-Leninist Communist Revolutionary Party, Mao Tse-Tung Thought, Red Flag Tendency, had commissioned him to read a resolution from the central committee, a resolution destined to change history. 587 more words


The Art of Losing by Rebecca Connell

First of all, isn’t this a beautiful cover?

 Last fall, when I saw a table full of Europa editions at Mrs. Dalloway’s Bookstore in Oakland, I thought how great it would be to collect books with beautiful covers.   693 more words

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