Braving Albania’s deadly roads in a vain hunt for a good meal
Traversing Europe in search of the ideal meal
A new edited collection of Italo Calvino’s letters appeals more to lovers of the Italian’s work than to the general reader, but is still deeply rewarding
The Art of Joy by Goliarda Sapienza has been hailed as the Great Italian Novel. If this is the greatest, then how dull must the rest be?
‘It’s easy to forget that this sophisticated modern city is nonetheless part of a repressive Communist system’
The infamous French libertine should be enjoying a reviva. The trouble is, he was a rotten pornographer
Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s Life of Gabriele D’Annunzio paints a picture of a compelling and anarchic poet-statesman