When I was learning French, I used my several months of knowledge to read L’Étranger by Albert Camus. What easy literature is there to read in Italian? Some examples in French are Le Petit Prince, Le Petit Nicholas, and L’Étranger. I’m not looking for children books, but fairly easy literature.

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    Not sure whether it is an actual duplicate, but you can find some pointers in this question.
    – DaG
    Mar 13 '19 at 17:53
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    Welcome to Italian.SE!
    – Charo
    Mar 13 '19 at 19:16
  • Just to be clear: you are specifically looking for Italian literature (as in, written by Italian authors) and not for literature whose Italian translation is easy, correct?
    – Easymode44
    Mar 15 '19 at 9:24
  • @Easymode44 è corretto! Mar 15 '19 at 13:52

These are some Italian books recommended by the Official Language Schools of Catalonia to students who have an A1 level and are learning to acquire an A2 level:

  • Andrea Camilleri: La relazione.
  • Rossana Campo: Il matrimonio di Maria.
  • Chiara Sasso: Riace, terra di accoglienza.
  • Chiara Gamberale: Per dieci minuti.
  • Luigi Garlando: Per questo mi chiamo Giovanni.
  • Niccolò Ammaniti: Io e te.
  • Fabio Volo: Quando tutto inizia.
  • Natalia Ginzburg: La strada che va in città.
  • Stefano Benni: Margherita Dolcevita.
  • Italo Calvino: Marcovaldo.
  • Massimo Carlotto: Niente, più niente al mondo.
  • Gianrico Carofiglio: Testimone inconsapevole.
  • Geppi Cucciari: Meglio donna che male accompagnata.
  • Natalia Ginzburg: Caro Michele.
  • Amara Lakhous: Scontro di civiltà per un ascensore a piazza Vittorio.
  • Dacia Maraini: Dolce per sé.
  • Paola Mastrocola: Facebook in the rain.
  • Francesco Piccolo: Momenti di trascurabile infelicità.
  • Gianni Rodari: C'era due volte il barone Lamberto.
  • Fabio Volo: Un giorno in più.
  • If by any strange accident Gamberale, Lakhous and Volo (no less than two titles!) slipped away from the list, I don't think that the average level would drop dramatically.
    – DaG
    Mar 15 '19 at 18:20
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    @DaG: Are you suggesting to remove these authors from the list? In fact I read a book by Volo some years ago and I didn't like it at all.
    – Charo
    Mar 15 '19 at 18:28
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    Sorry, I didn't mean to censor that list. I'm just saying that I wouldn't especially recommend those authors. To be more positive, I highly recommend other of them, especially Calvino, Ginzburg, Rodari, Benni.
    – DaG
    Mar 15 '19 at 18:40
  • @DaG: Adesso me n'accorgo che non ho letto nessun libro di Fabio Volo. Il libro che avevo in mente quando ho scritto quel altro commento in realtà è di Sandro Veronesi: non so perché ho avuto questa confusione.
    – Charo
    Jan 9 '20 at 21:48

I am not sure it's really super easy but you may want to try Le città invisibili written by Italo Calvino. It describes imaginary cities and since there is no ultra twisted plot may be ok to understand, even if sometimes some old words are used.

  • Welcome to Italian.SE!
    – Charo
    Mar 16 '19 at 9:23
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    I've read both Marcovaldo and Le città invisibili. Le città invisibili is certainly a masterpiece, but I think it could be a bit hard to understand to someone who has studied Italian for not many time. If such an Italian student would like to read something by Calvino, I believe Marcovaldo would be easier to understand.
    – Charo
    Mar 16 '19 at 9:44

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