English writer/translator Tim Parks, who has lived in Milan for
over thirty years, has just released a new book on Italian Literature,
"A Literary Tour of Italy". He devotes a chapter each to a series
of famous Italian writers or characters beginning with Dante. Quite a span and includes a few notorious figures including Mussolini and heroes Garabaldi but mostly writers. It was written as a series of essays but with the book in mind.
I have only known him as an entertaining commentator/observer of Italy but he's much more than a travel writer or an observer
of Italian culture. Here's a link to a lovely piece he wrote for The
New Yorker where he imagines meeting a series of famous authors
including James Joyce, Charles Dickens, DH Lawrence and Thomas Hardy.
It's a beauty.
I sent him
the link to my piece on Italian Literature on the Avid Reader blog. He
might even read it!