What are the best Italian novels?

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    #1The 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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    Kenneth Ray
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Such a great book and a classic! If you haven't read this yet then drop what you are doing and read it right now! Highly recommend it."
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    #2Zeno'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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    Jacob Perry
    Written on March 14, 2018
    "Great novel, probably my favorite Italian novel I've read yet. If you're a fan of Kafkaesque stories, this is definitely for you. The protagonist is disturbing and hilarious and the stuff the book gets into is just absurd in the best way."
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    #3The 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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    #4Christ Stopped at Eboli

    Christ Stopped at Eboli

    Christ Stopped At Eboli: The Story of a Year is a modern work of literature by the noted doctor, painter, and philosopher, Carlo Levi. It is a story about a people who are still living the archaic lifestyles of their ancestors. 


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    Amanda Snyder
    Written on March 19, 2018
    "This book is based in a true interesting story, and i think that the story on it is very valuable to be known by people. It has a very high quality writing, and the characters on it are fantastic. "
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    #5The 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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    Ethan Ruiz
    Written on April 15, 2018
    "The story embodies the Italian mind and is based on historical context that is perfect for anyone that is interested in Italian history. The story follows Sicilian native and dives into the complexity of Italian society. The best part of the book is how well the it incorporates history of the Italian region without breaking facts. The story is very discipline in the context in keeping the view of the past as genuine as possible without sacrificing the plot."
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    #6The 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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    Rakesh Khan
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "This book is one of the rarest books you can read, i would say that i am lucky that i had the possibility to read this book, It has all the version of love and after reading it i am sure that people will love more, because it is the most important thing to do in life. "
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    #7Inferno (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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    Brenda Cunningham
    Written on March 17, 2018
    "I really enjoy reading literature from other cultures and recently have been wanting to read more novels from the Italian culture. I read Dante's Inferno in high school, but it's been a long time. It definitely fits the search results, but I guess I was looking for something a little more current, a little more in popular culture. This is probably not something I will be interested in reading again."
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    #8Foucault'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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    Erika Álvarez
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I know it is an "important" work, but it was just too dull and tedious for me. The translation is pretty good though."
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    #9The Solitude of Prime Numbers

    The Solitude of Prime Numbers
    The Solitude of Prime Numbers: A Novel is a contemporary fiction book  that belongs to the European literature written by Paolo Giordano, published on March 18, 2010 by Pamela Dorman Books.


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    Frances Jenkins
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "A beautiful story about a a friendship and growing up"
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    Acciaio is an Itallian fictional LGBTQ-themed novel written by  Silvia Avallone. This Itallian fictional LGBTQ-themed novel was published on January 2010 by Rizzoli.


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    Patrick Vasquez
    Written on May 16, 2018
    "Fantastic writing transports you, I felt like I was really there. The detailed description of the steel making process just adds to the atmosphere while you explore the drama and personal lives and love."
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    #11The 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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    Tammy Thomas
    Written on March 15, 2018
    "This book really illustrates great morals and lessons. Everyone and especially kids have more joy of knowing the real story. It is a classic tale with plenty of drama and endearing moments."
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    #12A 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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    Sandra Ward
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "I doubt I will ever actually travel overseas, so I'm always interested to read more about other countries as much as I can without leaving the house. Some of the translations were a little confusing when reading this book, but I was able to research things that intrigued me even more online that I wouldn't have come across without reading about them."
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    #13The Echoes of Love

    The Echoes of Love

    The Echoes of Love is an adult historical romance fiction novel written by Hannah Fielding. This book is about Venetia Aston-Montagu's life and it is published in 2013 by London Wall Publishing. 


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    Yu Xie
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "I love to read Italian novels. My favorite is The Echoes of Love. It's an adult historical romance fiction novel. It's written by Hannah Fielding, one of my favorite authors. I love how much romance is in this. It makes my heart pound and flutter; it's just that amazing. Definitely check this out if you love romance and Italian novels."
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    #14The 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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    Guillermina Ventura
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "This is a very well written book; complex and whimsical. It really makes you think and is the perfect book for anyone who enjoys dreamy, imaginative, finely crafted storytelling. It's probably among the best Italian novels I've come across."
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    #15From the Land of the Moon

    From the Land of the Moon

    From the Land of the Moon is an Italian historical fiction novel written by Milena Agus. It is first published in 2006 by Europa Editions. 


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    Denise Hansen
    Written on April 16, 2018
    "The Italian setting was very authentic. How the author described the sights, sounds, aroma and the people made it all come to life. "
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    #16My 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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    Matthew Henderson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "never heard of this series before, mainly cause its not something on my real reading type list. looking at the link it does seem like its a good novel series to read though"
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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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    Virginia Sims
    Written on April 17, 2018
    "This is a beautiful story but I found it a bit depressing. It's a lot to take in emotionally. I read that it's going to be made into a series, and am very curious to see how the characters come to life."
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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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    Gustavo Rubio
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "The Days of Abandonment by Elena Ferrante is a roller coaster of novel concerning the life of Olga a wife and mother left bereft after her husband leaves for a younger woman. Olga's decent into madness is harrowing and thrilling like an unexpected plunge over the edge in a dark in-door amusement ride. But just like a good carnival thrill, Days of Abandonment lets up at just the right moment leaving you elevated and happy. Wanting more. "


Best What are the best Italian novels
1The Divine ComedyBooks 42 Paid
2Zeno's Conscience: A NovelBooks 37 Paid
3The Name of the RoseBooks 35 Paid
4Christ Stopped at EboliBooks 34 Paid
5The LeopardBooks 32 Paid
6The DecameronBooks 31 Paid
7Inferno (Divine Comedy Trilogy)Books 27 Paid
8Foucault's PendulumBooks 25 Paid
9The Solitude of Prime NumbersBooks 4 Paid
10AcciaioBooks 1 Paid

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