Italian reading recommendations
I would really appreciate if Italians and Italian learners around here could help me. I've been asking anywhere and still haven't got good answers
I would like to start reading books asap, it is something that has been helping me with other langauges immensely.
My problem: I don't want to start with Eco or Calvino, who are likely to be quite hard. Is Salgari hard? Now we are at the end of the list of Italian authors I know (alright, I know Dante but he is not an option)
What do you, Italians, read for fun and relax? Please, recommend me some crime book authors, fantasy, sci-fi, thriller, whatever popular fiction by italian authors. Things teenagers read (and that are not too dumb), or people who want a pageturner to have fun and relax.
I know I can google some lists but it is difficult to dive into that world without a known starting point. I wouldn't want to order a book and just find out later it is too hard or boring.
Thanks in advance for any recommendation!
I liked "Omicdio di Moda," which is an "easy reader" but basically a low intermediate level of reading and a fun, if not too subtle, mystery novella.
I also started with "Seta," which is historical fiction (and a kind of romance) about the silk trade in France in the 19th century. Short chapters, but subtle writing.
I can also recommend nonfiction: Jhumpa Lahiri's new memoir, written in Italian, about her love of Italian and moving to Italy to live there permanently and now write only in Italian. It's called "In Altre Parole."
I've also started to read Buzzati short stories, which are fantastic, and the DL Italian Book Club is reading those now.
Mysteries - which I LOVE - I've found to be a bit tricky to start with as many use a fair bit of slang.
Also - I STRONGLY recommend reading something on the Kindle app or a Kindke as they have a built in dictionary. I use the monolingual one mostly. Buzzati isn't available on the Kindle, but it is on some online resources.
I started off with Andrea Camilleri's series of Montalbano stories. Although there is some Sicilian in the dialogue, this is very limited and becomes fairly easy to understand. It also helps that they have been made into telefilms which are readily available and are surprisingly faithful to the books. That way you can watch one then read the source book (or vice versa).
I'll post some other modern Italian crime authors once I get home and check my bookcase.
Thanks!!! Those options look good. And I didn't know about the bookclub, thanks for the link!
Try any of the following:
Niccolò Ammaniti, Giancarlo Di Cataldo, Massimo Carlotto, Gianrico Carofiglio.
And don't forget that you can easily get your favourite English language authors in Italian on Amazon. I've bought Italian translations of John Grisham, Harlan Coben, Patricia Cornwell, Wilbur Smith, James Patterson, Ian Rankin, and Agatha Christie.
Hope that's of some help to you.
I have been a big fan of "Paperino" (donald duck) comics since i was a kid. they're fun and you can purchase online the digital version.
Salgari's books are great, but the language they're written in is a bit old fashioned (Salgari lived 1862-1911).
Here are some contemporary Italian writers you may enjoy: Alessandro Baricco, Fabio Volo, Giorgio Faletti, Andrea Vitali, Federico Moccia (the latter writes veeery light novels, but still).
Hope this could help, e buona fortuna con lo studio dell'italiano !