The Story Of The Lost ChildBy Elena Ferrante
If a nation’s literature maps out its collective consciousness, what do books by these twelve authors reveal about Italy? Part I examined whether there is such a thing as ‘Italianness’? Here, Part II examines how absence lies at the heart of Italian identity.
Italy is just over 150 years old. Can there be such a thing as "Italianness?" In this first part of a three-part series on Italian authors, the spotlight is on three writers who explore identity and the essential conservatism at the heart of Italian society.