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Written by FRANCESCA MARCIANO

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/03/2015

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-345-80448-8

A teenage girl encounters the shocks of first love at the height of the summer holidays in Greece. A young filmmaker celebrates her first moment of recognition by impulsively buying a Chanel dress she can barely afford. Both halves of a longstanding couple fall in love with others and shed their marriage in the space of a morning. In all of these sparkling stories, characters take risks, confront fears, and step outside their boundaries into new destinies. 

Tracing the contours of the modern...

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Written by ALBERTO MORAVIA
Translator MICHAEL F. MOORE

Format: Trade Paperback, 128 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 07/08/2014

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-1-590-17723-5

Thirteen-year-old Agostino is spending the summer at a Tuscan seaside resort with his beautiful widowed mother. When she takes up with a cocksure new companion, Agostino, feeling ignored and unloved, begins hanging around with a group of local young toughs. Though repelled by their squalor and brutality, and repeatedly humiliated for his weakness and ignorance when it comes to women and sex, the boy is increasingly, masochistically drawn to the gang and its rough games. He finds himself...

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Written by GIUSEPPE TOMASI DI LAMPEDUSA
Introduction by MARINA WARNER
Translator STEPHEN TWILLEY

Format: Trade Paperback, 104 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 06/17/2014

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17719-8

In the last two years of his life, the Sicilian aristocrat Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa wrote not only the internationally celebrated novel The Leopard but also three shorter pieces of fiction, brought together here in a new translation.

The Professor and the Siren, like The Leopard, meditates on the past and the passage of time, and also on the relationship between erotic love and learning. Professor La Ciura is one of the world’s most distinguished Hellenists; his knowledge, however, came...

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A POLITICAL AWAKENING IN THE SHADOW OF MUSSOLINI
Written by LUCIANA CASTELLINA

Format: Hardcover, 208 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 05/06/2014

Price: $24.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68286-9

Luciana Castellina is one of Italy’s most prominent left intellectuals and a cofounder of the newspaper il manifesto. In this coming-of age memoir, based on her diaries, she recounts her political awakening as a teenage girl in Fascist Italy—where she used to play tennis with Mussolini’s daughter—and the subsequent downfall of the regime. Discovery of the World is about war, anti-Semitism, anti-fascism, resistance, the belief in social justice, the craving for experience, travel, political...

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THE CLASSIC ITALIAN MEMOIR OF WORLD WAR 1
Written by EMILIO LUSSU
Translator GREGORY CONTI

Format: Hardcover, 278 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli Ex Libris

On Sale: 02/25/2014

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-0-847-84278-0

A rediscovered Italian masterpiece chronicling the author’s experience as an infantryman, newly translated and reissued to commemorate the centennial of World War I. Taking its place alongside works by Ernst JŸnger, Robert Graves, and Erich Maria Remarque, Emilio Lussu’s memoir is one of the most affecting accounts to come out of the First World War. A classic in Italy but virtually unknown in the English-speaking world, it reveals, in spare and detached prose, the almost farcical side of...

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Written by CURZIO MALAPARTE
Translator DAVID MOORE
Introduction by RACHEL KUSHNER

Format: Trade Paperback, 368 pages

Publisher: NYRB Classics

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-17622-1

“It is a shameful thing to win a war.” The reliably unorthodox Curzio Malaparte’s own service as an Italian liaison officer with the Allies during the invasion of Italy was the basis for this searing and surreal novel, in which the contradictions inherent in any attempt to simultaneously conquer and liberate a people beset the triumphant but ingenuous American forces as they make their way up the peninsula.

Malaparte’s account begins in occupied Naples, where veterans of the disbanded and...

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Written by FABIO GEDA

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 06/12/2012

Price: $14.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-74382-4

What would you do if, when you were ten, you were left to fend for yourself, and, in order to survive, you had to undertake a harrowing journey all the way from Afghanistan to Italy?

In early 2002, Enaiatollah Akbari’s village fell prey to the Taliban. His mother, fearing for his life, led him across the border. So began Enaiat’s remarkable and often punishing five-year ordeal—trekking across bitterly cold mountains, riding the suffocating false bottom of a truck, steering an inflatable raft...

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Written by CRISTINA COMENCINI

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 04/24/2012

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51511-2

Manfred, a surly mountaineer recently abandoned by his wife, rents the upstairs apartment in his home in the Dolomites to Marina, a woman from the city, and her difficult young son. Deeply suspicious by nature, especially of women, Manfred spies obsessively on Marina, in whose shortcomings as a mother he finds resonances of his own mother’s desertion of him in childhood. When Marina’s frustration over her son’s refusal to eat or sleep leads her to harm the child, Manfred steps in, and the...

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Format: Trade Paperback, 688 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/14/2012

Price: $14.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-47217-5

Giovanni Boccaccio’s Decameron was the first great masterpiece of European storytelling; this brilliant new translation by J. G. Nichols faithfully captures its timeless vitality in readable and natural English.

In the summer of 1348, with the plague ravaging Florence, ten young men and women take refuge in the countryside. There they entertain one another for ten days with tales of love, death, and deception, featuring a host of characters from lascivious clergymen and mad kings to devious...

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Written by ERRI DE LUCA
Translator BETH ARCHER BROMBERT

Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 11/01/2011

Price: $12.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51479-5

The unnamed narrator of this slim, alluring novel recalls a summer spent at age sixteen on an idyllic Italian island off the coast of Naples in the 1950s, where he spends his days with Nicola, a local fisherman. The narrator falls in love with Caia, who shares with him that she’s Jewish, saved by Italian soldiers from the Nazis, who killed the rest of her Yugoslav family. The boy demands answers about the war from the adults around him, but is rebuffed by everyone but Nicola, who tells him...

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Written by ERRI DE LUCA
Translator MICHAEL MOORE

Format: Hardcover, 192 pages

Publisher: Other Press

On Sale: 11/01/2011

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-1-590-51481-8

Just after World War II, a young orphan living in Naples comes under the protection of Don Gaetano, the superintendent of an apartment building. He is a generous man and is very attached to the boy, telling him about the war and the liberation of the city by the Neapolitans. He teaches him to play cards, shows him how to do odd jobs for the tenants, and even initiates him into the world of sex by sending him one evening to a widow who lives in the building. But Don Gaetano possesses another...

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Written by UMBERTO ECO

Format: Trade Paperback, 456 pages

Publisher: Rizzoli

On Sale: 10/18/2011

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-0-847-83723-6

In the mold of his acclaimed History of Beauty, renowned cultural critic Umberto Eco’s On Ugliness is an exploration of the monstrous and the repellant in visual culture and the arts. What is the voyeuristic impulse behind our attraction to the gruesome and the horrible? Where does the magnetic appeal of the sordid and the scandalous come from? Is ugliness also in the eye of the beholder? Eco’s encyclopedic knowledge and captivating storytelling skills combine in this ingenious study of the...

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