In search of Lost books by Giorgio Van Straten.
Just to clarify, I have read this book in Italian, but you can find the English version in any bookshop (or here.)
I needed a break from heavy course books that, although enjoyable and fascinating, make my brain hurt a little and also I fancied reading in Italian again… you know… one wouldn’t want to forget the mother tongue!
This, as the title suggests, is the story of eight ‘lost’ books. Books we know about because the author themselves have mentioned them, or because at some point someone has read them or mythical books that belong to literal folklore… they all have in common the fact that they are no more… lost… vanished… destroyed by people of fires.
I don’t know you, but I like books about books and this is just the perfect couple of hours of escapism. It won’t change the world (a part from making you more careful with your suitcase when travelling and I’m also now saving my essay every couple of lines… just in case…) but it will entertain you for a while. And there’s nothing wrong in that.