In praise of the author of the original Inferno, who ennobled not only the Italian language but all humanity

The best-selling novelist condescends to his readers and relies on ignorance, but is taken seriously by many

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?

‘The malaise in Western Europe is attributable to affluence bought not by economic dynamism but by reckless borrowing. The response of Greece and Italy is to walk away from democracy’