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World Literature Today: Editors' Picks

Date: May 27 2014

Editors’ Picks: Summer Reads

Dispute over a Very Italian Piglet

Amara Lakhous. Ann Goldstein, tr.

This new release by Amara Lakhous is a multi-ethnic mystery set in Turin, Italy. Against a backdrop of feuds between Albanians and Romanians in this northern Italian town, the book lightheartedly probes the trials and delights of life in a newly multicultural society. With a wry journalist and a piglet named Gino as leading characters, I’m hopeful this story will deliver a dose of comedy while also addressing the growing pains of diversity, respect, and inclusion among people of different cultures that share the same land.

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