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Hailed upon publication as a groundbreaking memoir, giving the form “a new dimension, new possibilities, and . . . an aspect that is entirely new” (Times Literary Supplement), Family Sayings is Natalia Ginzburg’s masterpiece and a classic of contemporary Italian literature. Although it asks to be read as fiction, the author, one of Italy’s finest twentieth-century writers, admits that it is highly autobiographical. The book spans the period from the rise of Fascism through World War II (in which her first husband perished at the hands of the Nazis) and its aftermath. Its subject is the other people in Ginzburg’s family. Woven around the inconsequential, revealing remarks that are repeated in a family until they become its affectionate private code, rich in memory and association, this is one of the rare true evocations of a family in modern literature. Family Sayings is at the same time a living history that documents the life of the assimilated Jewish Ginzburg family and the culture to which they belonged. Winner of the Strega Prize—Italy’s Pulitzer for literature—this intimate and candid portrait is no less relevant today than when it was first published in 1963.
About the Author: Natalia Ginzburg grew up in Turin, Italy, where she worked as a publisher and writer. She was an acclaimed author whose works received the Strega Prize and the Battuta Prize. She passed away in 1991.
Title: Family Sayings
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing
Publication Date: 2013
Book Condition: New
Book Description Book Condition: good. Used products do not contain supplements and some products may include highlighting and writing. Bookseller Inventory # 19660893-5
Book Description Arcade Publishing, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Used: Good. Bookseller Inventory # SONG1611457963
Book Description Arcade Publishing, 2013. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Bookseller Inventory # P021611457963