Sabrina Penati

Sabrina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication and is a Master’s Graduate in World Politics and International Relations. In 2020, she interned at the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, and she is currently doing an internship as a Research Assistant at the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention.


The Day of the Owl (Il giorno della Civetta) is a novel written by Leonardo Sciascia and published in 1961. Throughout his life, the author (1921-1989) wrote about a wide variety of topics. He first studied the historic and social origins of the underdevelopment in Sicily, drawing inspiration from his experience as an elementary school teacher. The...

Bianca come il latte, rossa come il sangue is a book published in 2010 and written by Alessandro D’Avenia (1977). The author is a writer, teacher, and a screenwriter. He was born in Palermo, where he focused on classical studies during High School, where he was greatly influenced by his religious teacher, father Pino Puglisi. D’Avenia went on to ob...

The Christmas Gift (Il Dono di Natale) is a book written in 1930 by the Italian (Sardinian) author Grazia Deledda (1871 - 1936). She studied literature on her own and started writing when she was very young following the inspiration provided by Sardinian peasants and their struggles. One of the features of her work was the presence of a strong conn...

Gianrico Carofiglio (1961) is a widely known Italian author. Before engaging in literary activity, he was the Anti-Mafia Deputy Prosecutor in Bari, a port on the coast of Puglia. During this time, he has taken part in trials regarding corruption, organized crime, and the trafficking of human beings. Then, in 2002 he published his first book – Invol...

Telephone Tales (Favole al Telefono) is a book published in 1962 and written by Gianni Rodari (1920-1980). He was a writer, a journalist, and a teacher in an elementary school, whose main focus has always been childhood literature. As a matter of fact, “his books combine the happiness of fantastic and humorous invention with pedagogical intent”. Gi...

Zeno’s Conscience (La Coscienza di Zeno) is a book written by Italian author Italo Svevo and published in 1923. The author’s real name was Ettore Schmitz (1861-1928). His father was from Germany and his mother was Italian and before engaging in the literary activity, he studied business in Germany and then in Trieste. His passion and interest for l...

Published in 1802, The Last Letters of Jacopo Ortis is one of the most famous works of Italian poet and writer Ugo Foscolo. Foscolo was born in Zante, Greece, in 1778 and died in London in 1827. His birth name was Niccolò, his mother was Greek, and his father came from Venice. At that time the Greek island was governed by the city of Venice and the...

This is a book written by Tiziano Terzani and published posthumously in 2018. It is described as an original work by an author who was appreciated by more than five million Italian readers. Tiziano Terzani was born in Florence in 1938 and has lived in Asia with his family for thirty years. As a matter of fact, he worked as correspondent for the Ger...

This is a book written in 2022 by Italian journalist, writer, and lecturer Federico Rampini (1956). The author delves into the conditions, identity, and history of the United States. He traces its main characteristics and peculiarities, the features of its society, the differences from one coast to the other and what life is like. He investigates t...

Written by Giovanni Verga in 1881, I Malavoglia – also translated as The House by the Medlar Tree – was originally supposed to be part of a 5 books collection – called I Vinti - , of which only this and the second one – Mastro don Gesualdo – were actually written. In such series, Verga wanted to explore human greed and individuals’ longing to climb...

The Leopard – Il Gattopardo, in Italian – is a book published in 1958 and written by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa (1896-1957). The author didn’t live to see his work printed and made public as it came out a year after his death and in its full edition in 1969. The book gained immediate success and was awarded the Strega prize in 1959. Against the b...

Heart – Cuore in Italian – is a book published in 1886 and written by Italian novelist Edmondo De Amicis (1846 – 1908). Before becoming a writer, he served in the military in 1866, which would later give him inspiration for one of his works. He wrote poems, novels and books about travel, gaining ultimate fame with his most important piece – Heart....