The best books on Italy: we've asked novelists, translators, academics—and even chefs—to recommend which books to read to learn more about Italy, its food, its culture, its history.
The Two Mafias: A Transatlantic History, 1888-2008
by Salvatore Lupo
Men of Honour: the Truth about the Mafia
by Judge Giovanni Falcone
La Sicilia e gli Alleati: Tra Occupazione e Liberazione
by Manoela Patti
Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime
by Federico Varese
by Clare Longrigg
The three biggest Italian mafias remain a powerful presence, with tentacles reaching deep inside Italian business and politics, but our understanding of them is marred by myths and misconceptions. Professor John Dickie of University College London, author of three books on the mafia, recommends what to read to get a better understanding of what the mafia really is.
Journalists are no longer able to properly investigate organised crime in modern Italy — leaving it to crime fiction writers to pick up the slack, says the acclaimed Italian novelist, Massimo Carlotto. Here he chooses five noir novels that explore the reality of Italian corruption in highly original ways.