Strega prize 2018 – goes to a woman, for the first time in 15 years

In July the most prestigious of the Italian literary prizes was won by Helena Janeczek, for her work La ragazza con la Leica (C213.c.6240). Although many female authors have been nominated for the prize in the past, there has not been a female winner since Melania Mazzucco in 2003. La ragazza con la Leica is about Gerda Taro, a war photographer who died during the Spanish Civil war, and it had already won the Bagutta prize earlier this year. Continue reading

New electronic resources with a European connection

The ejournals@cambridge blog publicises trial access to and purchase of various databases and ejournals, and it is certainly a blog worth following.  Several purchases over the last few months complement our European collections, so this post gives an overview.  The subjects of these new resources span philology, politics, art history, theology, migration studies, history, and bibliography, and their contents are in English and various European languages.

Composite of samples of ephemera from the Euromaidan Protests database

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Trial access: BIZ Biblioteca Italiana Zanichelli


The University of Cambridge has trial access to the BIZ Biblioteca Italiana Zanichelli resource until 17 July 2018 via this link.

Access is available on or off campus but is restricted to 5 simultaneous users, so if you have finished your session please remember to exit your browser session.

You do not need to login, access to the  Biblioteca Italiana Zanichelli is enabled on the left of the platform under “Bookshelf”.

The BIZ (Italian Library Zanichelli) is an online collection of over 1,000 texts of Italian literature up  to the early decades of the twentieth century.

Please send your feedback on this trial to  Thank you.

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Italian literary prizewinners for 2017-2018

We have customarily drawn attention to the major literary prizewinners in Italy, highlighting the winners of five important prizes. We last focused on the 2016 winners. Since our last blog post, those five major prizes have been awarded as follows:

The Strega prize: awarded in 2017 to Paolo Cognetti for his novel Le otto montagne (C213.c.429)

The Bagutta prize: awarded in 2017 to Vivian Lamarque for her novel Madre d’inverno (C205.d.4406) and in early 2018 to Helena Janeczek for her novel La ragazza con la Leica (C213.c.6240) Continue reading

Collected works of Giordano Bruno

The University Library and ebooks@cambridge have recently purchased a full-text web-based Giordano Bruno collection, available on InteLex Past Masters.

Giordano Bruno, engraving by Johann Georg Mentzel (1677-1743) via Wikimedia Commons

Giordano Bruno, the Italian author and philosopher, was born in 1548 at Nola, near Naples, and baptised Filippo. He joined the Dominican friars of Naples in 1562, taking ‘Giordano’ (Jordan) as his religious name. His adventurous thinking brought him under suspicion of heresy in the increasingly authoritarian atmosphere of the Italian Counter-Reformation, and in 1576 he fled northwards, finding his way via Switzerland to France. He taught for a while in Paris, and in 1583 crossed the Channel to England where, among other things, he became acquainted with Sir Philip Sidney, and lectured on the Copernican theory at Oxford. Inevitably, his name has been associated with that of Shakespeare, but there is no solid evidence to connect them. Continue reading