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The Beautiful Micòl

Dan Jacobson: Giorgio Bassani, 22 May 2008

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis 
by Giorgio Bassani, translated by Jamie McKendrick.
Penguin, 256 pp., £9.99, February 2007, 978 0 14 118836 2
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... As a novelist Giorgio Bassani is both allusive and elusive. Allusive, because he makes a habit of writing as if all the objects of his attention, from the topography of Ferrara, his hometown in northern Italy, to the names of minor characters in his tales, are bound to be as resonant to his readers as they are to himself ...

Keep the ball rolling

Tim Parks: Natalia Ginzburg, 28 June 2017

A Family Lexicon 
by Natalia Ginzburg, translated by Jenny McPhee.
NYRB, 224 pp., £9.99, August 2017, 978 1 59017 838 6
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... have been written without the prior publication of The Garden of Finzi-Continis (1962), in which Giorgio Bassani tells the story of a Jewish family in 1939 who live entirely secluded in their spacious villa and garden, inviting other Jewish families to play tennis with them in a determined denial of the ugly anti-Semitism all around them. These are not ...

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