When in Rome…My latest review @airmailweekly

LAST SUMMER IN THE CITY by Gianfranco Calligarich translated by Howard Curtis Leo Gazzara, the narrator of Gianfranco Calligarich’s scintillating novel Last Summer in the City—an Italian cult classic masterfully translated for the first time into English by the pro Howard Curtis—might be described as a Latin Holden Caulfield all grown up. In the opening pages, …

Sauntering in Italy with Anita and José: My Review of Tim Parks’ New Book in @AirMailWeekly

THE HERO’S WAY: WALKING WITH GARIBALDI FROM ROME TO RAVENNA by Tim Parks Walk into just about any city or town in Italy and you will inevitably bump into a statue or bust of a handsome man with flowing hair, deep-set eyes, and a thick beard, or you will see a plaque, a street, or a …

The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories Event with Jhumpa Lahiri at The Center for Fiction this Friday

A celebration of the Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories with editor Jhumpa Lahiri and translators Ann Goldstein, Jenny McPhee, and Michael F. Moore. This will be fun! And fascinating. The stories are each intriguing and surprising and Jhumpa is so passionate about all things Italian, but especially the language and literary tradition. Plus The …

ITALY’S MAGNIFICENT SEVEN

The damage Silvio Berlusconi has done to Italian politics and society is so overwhelmingly enormous it is very difficult as a citizen of that country (I have dual US/Italian citizenship) to feel anything but cynical and hopeless. For female Italian citizens, the situation is even more dire. Berlusconi’s blatant and public disdain for women both …