Last week I realized how much I miss Bella Italia. So here's my personal little hommage (Since my mother tongue is German, the titles are neither in Italian nor in English. Hopefully they are also available in your preferred language.):
Wo man im Meer nicht mehr stehen kann
by Fabio Genovesi
A virtuoso narration of family history full of lovable, quirky characters and summery Italian atmosphere. With its autobiographical traits, the novel is at the same time a declaration of love to the (literally life-saving) power of writing and fantasy.
Maria, ihm schmeckt's nicht
by Jan Weiler
A wonderfully witty, warm-hearted book. If you don't have Italian relatives yet, you will definitely want to have some after reading it.
Blätter von der Via Veneto
by Ennio Flaiano
and other texts about life, film and book writing, about Rome and the Italians, god and the world.
A filmmaker recalls his childhood when falling in love with the pictures at the cinema of his home village and forms a deep friendship with the cinema's projectionist.
La Dolce Vita
A series of stories following a week in the life of a philandering paparazzo journalist living in Rome.
Levante lives in a small city near Florence (Tuscany, Italy) and his life is plain and a bit boring, until the day the twister arrives: a bus with six Spanish flamenco dancers that will twist Levante and his family life.
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