We've got threads for French, German, Portuguese and even Esperanto, which makes me realise the oversight in not having a generic thread for Italian Literature. So this is it.
Personally, when I think of Italian Literature, the names that spring to mind are Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino, and that's only because they are the ones I've read most by, although the latter is probably the one I've started most by, as I've never managed, despite their brevity, to get all the way through the likes of Mr Palomar and Invisible Cities.
But, of course, two names do not a nation's literature make and Italy is full of names that may interest: Italo Sveo, Cesare Pavese, Alberto Moravia, Beppe Fenoglio, as well as having six Nobel Laureates in Giosu? Carducci, Grazia Deledda, Luigi Pirandello, Salvatore Quasimodo, Eugenio Montale, and Dario Fo.
Thinking about my personal shelves, a few other names that spring to mind are Alain Elkann, Carlo Emilio Gadda, and Vitaliano Brancati. And going even further back in time there's Giovanni Boccaccio, Dante Aligheri and Giacomo Casanova, amongst others.
So, names, movements, and books - what's out there in the world of Italian literature?