Valerie Waterhouse is a journalist and editor based in Italy, mostly writing about travel and books. She is the editor of the guidebook Time Out Milan and recently wrote the afterword for The Journey Home & Other Stories by Malachi Whitaker (foreword Philip Hensher; Persephone Books; October 2017).
Italian Authors in Search of an Identity, Part III
These books look at the effect of migration and immigration on Italian identity. Part I examined whether there is such a thing as ‘Italianness’ and the Italian reluctance to face change; Part II looked at how absence lies at the heart of Italian identity.
Italian Authors in Search of Identity, Part II
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.
Italian Authors in Search of Identity, Part I
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.
Tove Jansson: Beyond Moomin Valley
Tove Jansson's range as a writer and artist extended far beyond children’s books. As an itinerant exhibition heading for Copenhagen, Denmark and London, UK points out, she was also an expert cartoonist, political satirist and one of Finland’s foremost exponents of Modernist art. In later years, she wrote twelve novels, memoirs and short story collections for adults, eight of which have been translated into English. Discover another side to Jansson beyond Moomin Valley.