What are the best books by Italian authors?

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    #1The Prince

    The Prince
    The Prince is a 16th-century political analysis written by Niccolò Machiavelli. This book explains the different types of states, how to acquire and maintain political power and the character and behavior a good prince has to have in order to rule his territory properly.
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    Teresa Anderson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "This is a classic book that I've read for school before. It is a very interesting book and a good choice for someone looking for books written by Italian authors. This version also has a very nice picture on the cover."
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    #2Inferno (Divine Comedy Trilogy)

    Inferno (Divine Comedy Trilogy)

    Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy, one of the most famous medieval classics written in the early parts of the 14th century. It is widely recognized as one of the greatest works of literature.

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    Jason Richards
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "This is without a doubt one of the best books of all time, let alone one of the best Italian books. I've read all of the trilogy, and it's ability to transcend time and social changes allows it to forever be relevant in our fight as humans and the transgressions we endure. "
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    #3The Adventures of Pinocchio

    The Adventures of Pinocchio

    The Adventures of Pinocchio is a compilation of stories about Pinocchio's journeys written by Carlo Collodi. It comes with the ink illustrations of Carlo Chiostri. The stories were originally published in 1901.

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    Andrea Wong
    Written on April 11, 2018
    "What can I say? Who doesn't love the classic tale of Pinocchio?! Some of the words are a little dated, being that this was first published in 1901, but don't let that stop you from adding it to your shelf. It is a fun read for all ages. There are a few illustrations as well that are a charming addition to the story."
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    #4The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano)

    The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano)
    The Shape of Water is an amazing novel written by Andrea Camilleri that tells the story of a detective in Sicily. It is the first book in the Inspector Montalbano series.


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    Kelly Gonzales
    Written on April 2, 2018
    "Let me start by saying that these books can be complex for the 'read in bed love thriller' crowd. You have to like following a sophisticated narrative (and I do!). So, for those readers, this series is really fun, interesting, and a bit of a challenge. I'm not the biggest Italian author reader, but this book should probably be on anyone's list because it's really good. This is very much recommended by me!"
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    #5The Name of the Rose

    The Name of the Rose
    The Name of the Rose is a novel by Umberto Eco about a friar who investigates and collects pieces of evidence with the series of historical murder mysteries in an Italian monastery. This book has won many international awards.
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    Jose Larson
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "nice"
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    #6Baudolino

    Baudolino

    Baudolino is a historical fantasy book written by the Italian writer Umberto Eco and translated by William Weaver. Baudolino was published on October 6, 2003 by Harcourt. It was originally published in 2000.

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    #7The Divine Comedy

    The Divine Comedy
    Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy tells of the poet's travels through Hell, Purgatory, and Paradise in search of salvation. Before he is redeemed, he will learn the meaning of evil, sin, damnation, and forgiveness.
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    Xu Chang
    Written on April 4, 2018
    "honestly, ive never read this even though its a classic supposedly. i keep meaning to but i just dont have much interest in it"
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    #8The Tartar Steppe

    The Tartar Steppe

    The Tartar Steppe is a book by Dino Buzzati that tells a story of Giovanni Drogo. He kept waiting for the foreigners to arrive but as time passed, no one arrived and his time and life were already wasted waiting.

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    Jason Hamilton
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The Tartar Steppe is the best books by Italian authors"
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    #9My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels)

    My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels)

    My Brilliant Friend is a historical fiction and the first book in The Neapolitan Novels series written by Elena Ferrante. It is published in 2011 by Europa Editions. 

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    Judy Watkins
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The author is quite gifted. A story written about how life is really like. I liked it and did not stop reading it."
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    #10The Baron In The Trees (I nostri antenati)

    The Baron In The Trees (I nostri antenati)
    The Baron in the Trees is the second book in the classic fiction series I nostri antenati written by Italo Calvino which centers on an Italian nobleman Cosimo who rebels by climbing into trees and will remain there for his entire life. 
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    Gerald Nelson
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The Baron in the Trees is the second book in the classic fiction series I nostri antenati written by Italo Calvino which centers on an Italian nobleman Cosimo who rebels by climbing into trees and will remain there for his entire life. He adapts efficiently to an arboreal existence and even has love affairs."
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    #11Foucault's Pendulum

    Foucault's Pendulum
    Foucault's Pendulum is a historical mystery fiction on conspiracy theorists wanting to find the lost treasure of the Knights Templar. Written by Umberto Eco and translated by William Weaver, this book is published by Harvest Books.
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    Harold Castillo
    Written on April 30, 2018
    "This book is so intense and engaging. I suggest reading this book during free time at home, and i am sure you will like it. It has very exciting stories and situations, with many colorful characters and it will engages your imagination in maximum. "
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    #12Invisible Cities

    Invisible Cities
    Invisible Cities is a classic fantasy fiction novel written by Italo Calvino. This magical realism Italian literature book is first published in 1972.
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    Jose Harris
    Written on May 3, 2018
    "Marco Polo was a dreamer. He had great ambitions - wanting to be a traveler, a writer and a favored courtier. He wanted to live in the lap of luxury in his lifetime and in the best illustrated pages of history later. But he could only be a dreamer and never much more. He never traveled anywhere and spent his life dreaming away in his Venice and is remembered to this day as the greatest explorer and travel writer of all time."
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    #13Zeno's Conscience: A Novel

    Zeno's Conscience: A Novel

    Zeno's Conscience is a modern young adult novel written by notable Italian author Italo Svevo and translated into English by William Weaver. It is about Zeno Cosini, a neurotic Italian who is writing his confessions to his psychiatrist.

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    Christian Wallace
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "This novel gave me a real sense of connection to the human spirit. I felt Zeno's emotions as he spoke to his psychiatrist. It felt like he was really telling me how he felt."
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    #14The Decameron

    The Decameron

    The Decameron is a medieval fiction written by Giovanni Boccaccio in the 14th century. It contains 100 tales of love and adventure told from the point of view of 10 men inside a city ravaged by the deadly Black Death.

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    Bruce Hall
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "So how would we know that this is the best book by an Italian author. Just because it is so old does that automatically make it the best books I am not sure about that."
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    #15The Leopard

    The Leopard

    The Leopard is a story written by Giuseppe Di Lampedusa but was posthumously published in 1958. It was adapted to a film of the same name in 1963. It tells the story of a powerful Sicilian family who is threatened by the rise of democracy.

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    Terry Garza
    Written on April 10, 2018
    "The Leopard is one of my favorite books to come from an Italian author in quite a while. The story is set in Sicily and will please anyone who cares about Italian history."
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    #16The Search for the Perfect Language

    The Search for the Perfect Language

    The Search for the Perfect Language is a non-fiction book written by the Italian writer Umberto Eco. The Search for the Perfect Language was published on July 1, 1997 by Fontana Press. It was originally published in 1993.

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    Pranav Sengupta
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "This is a short little book from Italian writer Umberto Eco. I read the entire book in a weekend, even though I don't usually like to read about foreign history. The fact that this book had science themes is what carried me through it."
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    #17The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels)

    The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels)

    The Story of the Lost Child is a historical fiction and the fourth book in The Neapolitan Novels series written by Elena Ferrante. It is first published in 2014 by Europa Editions.

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    Elizabeth Watson
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "The Story of the Lost Child (The Neapolitan Novels) is the best books by Italian authors"
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    #18The Days of Abandonment

    The Days of Abandonment

    The Days of Abandonment is an Italian contemporary fiction novel written by Elena Ferrante. It is first published in 2002 by Europa Editions.

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    Charles Berry
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I read this book last year. This is a great choice. I really enjoyed it and the setting was wonderful. I highly recommend you read this book."
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    #19A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome

    A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome

    A Day in the Life of Ancient Rome is an Italian historical non-fiction book written by Alberto Angela. It is first published din 2007 by  Europa Editions.

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    Huang Cai
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "This non-fiction book is a fun insight to Ancient Roma. Written by an Italian historian, it feels like you can really know what life was like so many years ago."
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    #20The Infinity of Lists

    The Infinity of Lists

    The Infinity of Lists is a non-fiction book written by the Italian writer Umberto Eco and translated by Alastair McEwen. The Infinity of Lists was published on January 1, 2010 by Maclehose Press Quercus. 

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    Bruce Bradley
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "The book in my opinion is ok. I think for what it's trying to convey there are better books out there. I think it will take a lot of patience and time to really go over this book. If you are a real fan of literature then you should enjoy this more than I have."
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    #21On Literature

    On Literature
    On Literature is collection of essays written by the Italian writer Umberto Eco and translated by Martin L. McLaughlin. On Literature was published in 2005 by Mariner Books. It was originally published in 2002
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    Christopher Davis
    Written on May 7, 2018
    "Although I admire Eco's broad learning and his usual clarity of expression, I did not find this book as revealing as I had hoped. He does have a wonderful definition: "a work of literature is a miracle of invention." I had hoped to get a better understanding of semiotics from the book, since he is a semiotician. He never quite gives it to me, although he includes some insights. For example, in relation to the passage just quoted, he says: "semiotic inquiry is reduced to the discovery of the same constants in every text and thus loses sight of the inventions." On the next page, he adds that "semiotic discourse often fails to distinguish between 'manner' and 'style.'" He then summarizes Hegel's points that manner is "a repetitive obsession of the author" (Eco's words) while style is "the capacity [of a writer] constantly to outdo himself. And yet it is textual semiotics that is the only critique capable of bringing out such differences.""
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    #22The Island of the Day Before

    The Island of the Day Before
    The Island of the Day Before is a fantasy book written by the Italian writer Umberto Eco. The Island of the Day Before was published on June 5, 2006 by Mariner Books. It was originally published in 1994.
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    Phillip Roberts
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "The author Umberto Eco has many best selling books and The Island of the Day Before is one of them. Although the book the Eco are decent enough, there many great Italian authors who writes both in Italian and English. Even I can name a quite a few, including great poets."

Summary

Best What are the best books by Italian authors
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1The PrinceBooks 53 Paid
2Inferno (Divine Comedy Trilogy)Books 47 Paid
3The Adventures of PinocchioBooks 45 Paid
4The Shape of Water (Inspector Montalbano)Books 43 Paid
5The Name of the RoseBooks 38 Paid
6BaudolinoBooks 34 Paid
7The Divine ComedyBooks 31 Paid
8The Tartar SteppeBooks 20 Paid
9My Brilliant Friend (The Neapolitan Novels)Books 17 Paid
10The Baron In The Trees (I nostri antenati)Books 14 Paid
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