Sabrina Penati

Sabrina holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Language Mediation and Intercultural Communication and is a Master’s Graduate in World Politics and International Relations. In 2020, she interned at the Consulate General of Italy in Vancouver, and she is currently doing an internship as a Research Assistant at the Budapest Centre for Mass Atrocities Prevention.


“Two girls talking about books. They are Rory Gilmore, the protagonist of the TV series Gilmore Girls, and Michelle Obama, the real one. Rory, an avid reader, recommends the first lady an (endless) series of books to read while traveling for the Let Girls Learn initiative. Michelle will choose only one: My Brilliant Friend by Elena Ferrante”.  My B...

Gomorrah is a book written by Roberto Saviano and published in 2006, which became a major bestseller in Italy. It is an inside and non-fictional story which recounts how the organized crime network known as Camorra - more powerful and violent than the Mafia - operates and rules in the city of Naples with its international influence and illegal busi...

The Name of the Rose is the most famous work of Italian writer, essayist, linguist, and philosopher Umberto Eco (1932-2016) and it was published in 1980. Eco was a great scholar and author of different kind of works; he received several honours - among those, the cavaliere di gran croce ordine al merito della repubblica italiana in 1996 and honoris...

The Adventures of Pinocchio first came out in serial form in 1881 in the Giornale dei bambini (“Children’s Magazine”) and was later published as a book in 1883. It was written by Carlo Collodi (1826 – 1890) – whose real name was Carlo Lorenzini as Collodi comes from the name of the hamlet in which his mother was born – who was an Italian author and...

If This is a Man was written in 1947 by Primo Levi (1919 – 1987). He was a chemist who wrote this biographical work after his several years in a concentration camp. It was first published in 1947 and later in 1958 by Einaudi. It has been defined as one of the most important recounting of the Jewish extermination by the Nazis and it is about the yea...

“Imparerai a tue spese che nel lungo tragitto della vita incontrerai tante maschere e pochi volti.” This month’s book is an interesting and fascinating story, from a brilliant author who created yet another masterpiece for the Italian literature.  Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936) was an author, narrator, and playwright who reached his fame in the theat...

This instalment of the column presents another great classic of the Italian literature, a well-know and in depth studied book that still finds its place in school curricula and can spark interesting conversation. This work is perhaps less consolidated and straightforward in our literary landscape because it has in fact generated criticism and contr...

The column keeps exploring some of the masterpieces produced by Italian literature and this one is no exception as – like the ones before – has laid the foundation for our culture, history, and language. It continues to be studied in schools and to be considered as one of the pillars of our literary treasure. The Betrothed (I Promessi Sposi), by Al...

The second instalment of this column continues with another great classic of Italian literature, a foundation of our cultural heritage and language, a work studied in schools and repeatedly analysed, a masterpiece that captivated our literary history: the Decameron, by Giovanni Boccaccio.  The Decameron was written between 1349 and 1351 and it cons...

This month’s topic is a little bit challenging, not because it is difficult or controversial, but because it is a rather wide one which comprises different aspects and requires a lot of space for it to be properly discussed. I have chosen this issue because I am particularly fond of the concept and I strongly believe that it is an incredibly import...

The most wonderful time of the year is approaching, streets are getting lightened up, the rush to buy presents has started, we will soon see colored trees through the windows and that dazzling and lively atmosphere that only Christmas can give is settling in.  Overall, whether it has a religious meaning in it or not, I do believe that it is fair to...

This retrieval of the column Two Flags, One Youth will provide a glimpse of Italy from the perspective of a young person, born and raised in the bèl paése, but who also nurtures a strong passion and interest for the United States. Within this space, I will commit to talking and exploring a wide variety of different issues with the goal to present t...