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Travelling to Italy - Suggested Reading ?

 
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Anyone knows of any good books which are based in Italy and can give me a good indication of life in Italy ?

And I will like to stop you before you point me to The GodFather or the Italian CookBook ; )

Thanks in Advance
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Well if you're based in Europe you might try "Le Guide Du Routard"

It's nice
 
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Sorry , I should have been more clear in my First Post. I am NOT looking for a Travel Guide , but something on the lines of Travel Writing or Fiction , a book where the story is based in Italy and the main characters are Italians - This will give me a flavour of contemporary Italian society and life.

Thanks anyway
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I don't know about contemporary books, but about contemporary Italian movies, i'd recommend: Il Nuovo Cinema Paradiso (Tornatore), La Meglio Gioventu (Superb movie, can't remember the director), and La Stanza Del Figlio, all placed in italy.

La meglio gioventu is probably the best if you want to see the italian way of life. It tells the life story of 2 brothers and relates it to the history of italy, the flood of florence, the communist movement, the modernisation of italy etc...

What about Umberto Eco? I haven't read his books, but he's pretty famous.
And here: A GUIDE TO CONTEMPORARY ITALIAN LITERATURE
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Thanks Dani.

I will try my local Blockbuster to see if they have the DVD with English sub-titles for any of these (though I am not holding my breath).

I tried Umberto Eco a year ago, but it was all too heavy for me.
 
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