ANNA KARENINA, by Lev Nikolaevic Tolstoy How deep and heartbreaking can a love be? The length and depth of the book could take you all summer but the infinite facets of the human soul that Tolstoy knows how to tell will involve you to the point that the book will even seem too short. And to think that when it was first published at the end of the nineteenth century someone dared to call it a “frivolous novel of high society”.
Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks Four generations follow one another in Thomas Mann’s Buddenbrooks. It will be exciting to enter the plots of this saga to witness the inexorable decline of a German bourgeois family, described not only through a faithful reconstruction of early twentieth century society but above all a psychological analysis of the characters.
MEMORIES OF HADRIAN, by Marguerite Yourcenar What was going through the head of a Roman emperor? How difficult was it to combine public and private life? Emperor Hadrian tells us this directly, in a long letter addressed to his young friend, and successor to the throne, Marcus Aurelius. A work that unites millennia and that cannot be missing in any bookstore.
MADAME BOVARY, by Gustave Flaubert You don’t want to escape the pleasure of reading the first realist novel of the nineteenth century, right? Flaubert masterfully describes the rough theme of female adultery: the figure of the woman who escapes a boring marriage to follow her own amorous passions is inextricably linked to Emma Bovary.
HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE, by Gabriel Garcia Marquez The unique atmosphere of Macondo and the intricate Buendia family tree will keep your mind busy throughout August. One hundred years pass quickly between marriages, births and deaths told by the magical realism of Garcia Marquez. A tip: keep a pen and paper at hand to write down the many characters in the book… in this way you will avoid losing the thread!
STORMY HEIGHTS, by Emily Bronte The poignant love story between Heatcliff and Catherine envelops the Wuthering Heights estate on a hill in Yorkshire in a dramatic and gothic atmosphere. A few pages will be enough to forget the summer heat and find yourself immersed in the cold and windy English moors.
THE TRIAL, by Franz Kafka A surreal story that of Josef K., accused of an accusation that will never be truly clear. The dreamlike tones of the story will trap you in the networks of inexplicable justice.
IN SEARCH OF LOST TIME, by Marcel Proust Yes it’s true, Proust wrote a lot. Fortunately, one would say. So you can enjoy reading the seven volumes that make up the Recherche day after day. A monumental novel that explores the reality and emotions of the human soul through unforgettable characters.
THE RED AND THE BLACK, by Stendhal Jean Sorel is the protagonist of this Roman by Stendhal. His boundless ambition will lead him to weave daring plots and seduce too many women. There will be many twists that will accompany you to a romantic and unexpected ending.
I BUDDENBROOK, by Thomas Mann George Duroy is the Bel-Ami, the beautiful lover of many women, but he is above all the social climber par excellence who, like a steamroller, goes straight to the goal. You will discover here that the women of that time and always have a fundamental role also in the plots of power, only in the society of the late nineteenth century they worked in the shadow of men.
LOLITA, by Vladimir Nabokov A hot topic, the one addressed in “Lolita”: a mature man cannot resist the immature charm of a very young American. He was accused of “prudery” when he appeared in 1955, but Nabokov’s wisdom in dealing with such a scandalous subject still makes Lolita an unmissable novel today.
1984, by George Orwell To understand who “Big Brother” really is you must read 1984. In a Fantastic Future (the book was written in 1948) Orwell imagines the devastating effects of totalitarianism. A not too veiled metaphor that has the task of opening the eyes to all generations to come.
IL GATTOPARDO, by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa Did you really not read it in middle school? Then you cannot help but immerse yourself in the colors of Bourbon Sicily and experience, through the eyes of the Leopard, Prince Fabrizio Salina, the pursuit of new times.
THE COUNT OF MONTECRISTO, BY Alexandre Dumas Adventures, loves, intrigues, twists and turns, revenge: in Dumas’ novel there is really everything. A river in flood that seems to never end, also due to the fact that the author was paid “a lot per line”! But the result is a story of extraordinary events that will captivate you from the first to the last page.
MOBY DICK, by Herman Melville There is no better place than the beach to read the novel about the great and gigantic white whale and Captain Ahab, who chases the sperm whale in an endless hunt with mythical features. An unforgettable metaphor of the clash between man and the forces of nature.
DON QUIXOTE DELLA MANCIA, by Miguel de Cervantes We suggest you buy a version divided into volumes, otherwise you won’t even fit a spare swimsuit in the beach bag. But we also suggest you do not give up this masterpiece of world literature: a journey in the company of the crazy and idealist Don Quixote and his realistic squire Sancho Panza. Which of the two do you feel more similar to?
LA STORIA, by Elsa Morante Reading the pages of La storia, you will have the impression of walking with the two protagonists, Useppe and his mother, through the streets of Rome, during the bombings of the Second World War. Keep the handkerchiefs handy because it will be difficult to restrain the emotions.
THE KARAMAZOV BROTHERS, by Fedor Dostoevskij Perhaps the summer months will not be enough for you to read this masterpiece. And yes, maybe you will need to read a few pages several times before you understand the meaning. But it will be impossible to escape from father and sons Karamazov, whose souls and minds are explored page after page by Dostoevsky’s unstoppable writing.
GITA AL LIGHTHOUSE, by Virginia Woolf If you decide to read Trip to the Lighthouse, get ready to enter the heads of the characters, outlined by the author through psychological introspection. A magnificent glimpse of a classic English family of the early twentieth century. Probably autobiographical, the text will capture you in a real swing of feelings and emotions.
DAVID COPPERFIELD, by Charles Dickens Narrating the story of the orphan David Copperfield, the Englishman Charles Dickens traces a lot of his life, giving us a great fresco of the industrial society of the mid-nineteenth century and starting the social novel where the humblest strata of population become protagonists and there is a strong complaint against the conditions of exploitation and degradation.