Literature in modern Rome

Italian giallo, or crime fiction A shelfload of giallo (crime fiction)

Although it has been said that Italy's strongest arts are primarily visual as opposed to literary, they have staked their claim in European literature through the work of writers such as Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino and Italo Svevo. Rome's greatest contribution to this distinguished group (at least among those that have been translated into English) is the author Alberto Moravia.


Crime fiction has always been popular in Italy. They call it giallo, after the traditional lurid yellow paperback covers associated with the genre. 2005 saw the first Italian magazine devoted to crime fiction and cinema, published in Rome and entitled Il Falcone Maltese.