Well /lit/, the Italian DNA in my blood has suddenly started calling, and I need to respond. Besides the obvious choices of the Divine Comedy and the Prince, what is some good Italian literature to civilize myself? Material from the Middle Ages from Dante to Niccolo would be the best as I love the medieval era, but anything will do. I feel disconnected from my heritage due to my grandmother not passing down the language, so I'd like to restart it with this generation.
Collections of folklore would be appreciated too if you can recommend me anything- just nothing from the days of Rome.
Il Giorno / Le Odi - Parini
Promessi Sposi - Manzoni
Canti - Leopardi
Novelle - Verga
Dei Delitti e delle Pene - Beccaria
Anything - Pirandello
Read these after what you mentioned in the OP and you'll be as versed in Italian lit as the average college-age Italian student.
If you want some rare and nice lit though, try
Hilarotragoedia - Giorgio Manganelli
Esordi / Canti del Caos - Antonio Moresco
Let me guess OP, your great-great-great-great grandfather sailed over from Italy, making you 1/30th Italian, 1/64 Dutch, 1/25 Cherokee, and 1/87th Irish, right? And you have never been to Italy, don't speak a single word of Italian, and think that chicken parmesan and spaghetti with meatballs is Italian cuisine, yes?
No, I am not Italian, I am just as much an Italian as you. But I don't go around claiming to be of a nationality just because a few of my ancestors come from there. If you went to Italy claiming to be an Italian, customs would ask you where you were born, and where you parents were born. If the answer to both of these questions is not "Italy", then I'm sorry, you are not an Italian by any standards.
>mfw I am Italian tho
OP didn't say his nationality was Italian, but that he has "Italian DNA in [his] blood", which, be it as little as 0.01%, would make sense.
anche se fossi americano non penso avrebbe tanta importanza in un forum di lampade boliviane
siamo tutti anon qui
just read la coscienza di Zeno by Italo Svevo, everything by tasso, ariosto and giacomo leopardi (I think heard that there are some recent english translations of operette morali), il giorno by parini (satire against fake progressist aristocracy) and calvino's il cavaliere inesistente if you like chanson de geste, orlando furioso, don quixote..
BTW LEOPARDI>>>>>>>> DANTE