Italy: A Traveler's Literary Companion

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Lawrence Venuti
Whereabouts Press, 2003 - Fiction - 238 pages
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Italy's rising literary stars join some of its best-known writers -- including Nobel-laureate Luigi Pirandello, Natalia Ginzburg, Alberto Moravia, and Antonio Tabucchi -- to take the reader on a panoramic tour of both city and countryside, across the social spectrum, surveying the country's rich cultural history. Explore Italy's popular tourist destinations and out-of-the-way spots under the fresh and even startling light cast by these twenty-three diverse and exciting stories, most of which are available here in English for the first time. For those who wish to reach beyond the stereotypes and get an insider's view to discover an Italy that's off the beaten path, as well as new insights along familiar, well-traveled roads, these stories -- arranged geographically for the traveler, armchair or otherwise -- are an excellent place to start. Contributors include Barbara Alberti, Corrado Alvaro, Romano Bilenchi, Massimo Bontempelli, Dino Buzzati, Andrea Camilleri, Natalia Ginzburg, Claudio Magris, Marilia Mazzeo, Luigi Malerba, Dacia Maraini, Maria Messina, Alberto Moravia, Aldo Palazzeschi, Goffredo Parise, Luigi Pirandello, Domenico Rea, Mario Rigoni Stern, Lalla Romano, Alberto Savinio, Tiziano Scarpa, Antonio Tabucchi, and Federigo Tozzi.

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As stated in the preface to this 11th title in the "Traveler's Literary Companion" series, when one travels to a foreign country, immersion in its literature is certain to deepen the visit. The 23 ... Read full review


Natalia Ginzburg Summer
Dino Buzzati The BewitchedJacket
Marilia Mazzeo Deep Water

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Lawrence Venuti (1953 ) is a translator of Italian literature as well as a translation theorist and historian. He has translated works by Barbara Alberti, Dino Buzzati, Milo De Angelis, and I.U. Tarchetti. Recent transla-tions include Juan Rodolfo Wilcocks The Temple of Iconoclasts and Antonia Pozzis Breath: Poems and Letters. He has investigated the practice of translation in such books as The Translators Invisibility (Routledge), and he reviews Italian fiction for the New York Times. He is currently professor of English at Temple University.

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