Wednesday, April 08, 2015

Top ten books about Italy

John Hooper, author of The Italians and the Southern Europe editor of the Guardian and Observer, tagged his top ten books about Italy, including:
Cosi Fan Tutti by Michael Dibdin

All the Aurelio Zen novels give an unblinkered, yet fundamentally sympathetic, view of Italy. I picked this one because it is set in Naples, a city that deserves Dibdin’s mixture of cynicism and affection more than any other. What makes his whodunnits special is that his hero is usually trying not to solve a crime (because to do so would be politically and/or personally inconvenient), but always succeeds in doing so.
Read about another entry on the list.

A Long Finish by Michael Dibdin made John Mullan's list of ten of the best wines in literature.

--Marshal Zeringue