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A journey through Italian crime fiction: Naples

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Gangster

Published 23 November 2019 at 8:10am
By Magica Fossati
Source: SBS

From Matilde Serao to Gomorrah, crimes and mysteries under the Vesuvius.


Published 23 November 2019 at 8:10am
By Magica Fossati
Source: SBS


Our series dedicated to the genre of gialli takes us through various Italian cities, from North to South, from the mainland to the islands. This time we go to Naples, with our tour guide in this "Italian journey", Dr Barbara Pezzotti.

Gialli are Italian crime fiction books. The name comes from the covers of a popular Italian series of crime fiction stories launched by publisher Mondadori in 1929, which were yellow (in Italian: giallo).

Reading list about Milan suggested by Barbara Pezzotti

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  • Matilde Serao, La mano tagliata: romanzo d'amore, A. Salani, 1912. Disponibile .
  • Emilio De Marchi, Il cappello del prete, 1888.
  • Elena Ferrante, L’amore molesto. Roma: e/o, 1992.
  • Roberto Saviano, Gomorra. Milano: Mondadori, 2006.
  • Massimo Siviero, Un mistero occitano per il commissario Abruzzese. Turin: Claudiana Editrice, 2001.
  • Massimo Siviero. Vendesi Napoli. Napoli: Flaccovio Editore, 2005. 


Barbara Pezzotti is a Monash University lecturer and the author of the book The Importance of Place in Contemporary Italian Crime Fiction: A Bloody Journey, published by  in 2012.

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