Pietro Grossi’s The Break

Pietro Grossi~Italy

He remembered when as a child, without his aunt knowing, he would go with his dad from time to time to play a couple of games. He hadn’t been
particularly fascinated–as a friend of his had confessed years later he had been–by the sight of all those men joking among themselves, surrounded by a …

Giuseppe Conte and Angelina Jolie-Lips and Prose

Giuseppe Conte~Italy

However, in that same period there began to stir in him the first signs of love that, different from the first,
few if any would have experienced. As a boy, Umber began to isolate the characters from the pages of his books and to fantasize about them, dream of them, spend hours and hours of his day with them.
Then he just carried on with …

Ancient Rome? Whatevs, Dude.

Theme:  International Thrillers Italy~Valerio Massimo Manfredi Shop Indie Bookstores The Ides of March by Valerio Massimo Manfredi and translated by Christine Feddersen-Manfredi is not one of Europa Editions best efforts.  Having succeeded in bringing Mediterranean Noir to the masses across the pond, Europa has carved a nice, respectable niche for themselves.  Undoubtedly, they have put…

Anybody Have the Time?

The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati is one of Italy’s best existential novels that also makes a strong statement about militarism. Imprisonment is the current theme at Salonica and Buzzati gives us that and much more in a dreary, fatalistic novel set in a barren desert. Giovanni Drogo, excited about his first real assignment with…