Set in the northern italian town of ferrara before, these interlocking stories present a fully rounded world of unforgettable characters: the respected doctor whose homosexuality is tolerated until he is humiliatingly exposed by an exploitative youth; a survivor of the Nazi death camps whose neighbors’ celebration of his return gradually turns to ostracism; a young man discovering the ugly, treacherous price that people will pay for a sense of belonging; the Jewish aristocrat whose social position has been erased; the indomitable schoolteacher, Celia Trotti, and after the Second World War, during, whose Communist idealism disturbs and challenges a postwar generation.
The Novel of Ferrara #ad - The novel of ferrara memorializes not only the Ferrarese people, but the city itself, which assumes a character and a voice deeply inflected by the Jewish community to which the narrator belongs. Giorgio bassani’s six classic books, collected for the first time in English as the epic masterwork they were intended to be.
Among the masters of twentieth-century literature, Giorgio Bassani and his Northern Italian hometown of Ferrara “are as inseparable as James Joyce and Dublin or Italo Svevo and Trieste” from the Introduction.
Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - Finally, of her independent and enterprising father, it would be a tale told by gesine to Marie about Gesine’s childhood in a small north German town, of her troubled mother, of Nazi Germany Gesine was born the year Hitler came to power and World War II and Soviet retribution and the grimly regulated realities of Communist East Germany.
. It would be the tale of gesine cresspahl, a thirty-four-year-old single mother who is a German émigré to Manhattan’s Upper West Side, and of her ten-year-old daughter, Marie—a story of work and school, of friends and lovers and the countless small encounters with neighbors and strangers that make up big-city life.
An ambitious historical novel as well as a wonderfully observed new york novel, while vividly depicting the struggle of a loving, though hardly uncomplicated mother and a bright, Anniversaries would take in the unsettled world of the present along with the twentieth century’s disastrous past, indomitably curious girl to understand and care for each other and to shape a human world.
Anniversaries: From a Year in the Life of Gesine Cresspahl New York Review Books Classics #ad - Gesine and marie are among the most memorable and engaging characters in literature, at once monumental and intimate, sweeping and full of incident, and Anniversaries, stylistically adventurous and endlessly absorbing, is quite simply one of the great books of our time. A landmark of 20th century literature about New York in the late 1960s, now in English for the first time.
Late in 1967, uwe johnson set out to write a book that would take the unusual form of a chapter for every day of the ongoing year. An everyday tale, as gleaned by gesine from the new york times: johnson could hardly foresee the convulsions of 1968, but also a tale of the events of the day, but some of the news—the racial unrest roiling America, the escalating war in Vietnam—was sure to be news for some time yet to come.
Neapolitan ChroniclesNew Vessel Press #ad - Included in the collection is “a Pair of Eyeglasses, ” one of the most widely praised Italian short stories of the last century. The stories collected in this volume, which reverberate with Chekhovian energy and melancholy, are revered in Italy by writers and readers alike. Jhumpa lahiri, pulitzer Prize–winning author of Interpreter of Maladies.
This prizewinning collection of stories and essays set in post-WWII Naples is “required reading for Elena Ferrante fans” Kirkus Reviews. A classic of european literature, this superb collection of fiction and reportage is set in Italy’s most vibrant and turbulent metropolis—Naples—in the immediate aftermath of World War II.
Elena ferrante has cited Ortese as one of her greatest influences . . . Depicting the widespread suffering and brutal desperation that plagued the city, it comprises a mix of masterful storytelling and piercing journalism. This collection of short stories and essays infuses a grimy, chaotic Naples with unsentimental menace.
Neapolitan Chronicles #ad - The new yorker “A writer of exceptional prowess and force. This book, with its unforgettable portrait of Naples high and low, is also a stunning literary companion to the great neorealist films of the era by directors such as Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini. From an author who has won most of italy’s major literary prizes and served as “a major inspiration for Elana Ferrante, ” Neapolitan Chronicles is exquisitely rendered in English by acclaimed translators Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee The New York Times.
What's Left of the NightNew Vessel Press #ad - He is by turns exhilarated and tormented by his homosexuality; the Greek-Turkish War has ended in Greece’s defeat and humiliation; France is torn by the Dreyfus Affair, and Cavafy’s native Alexandria has surrendered to the indolent rhythms of the East. A stunning portrait of a budding author—before he became one of the 20th century’s greatest poets—that illuminates the complex relationship of art, life, and the erotic desires that trigger creativity.
What's Left of the Night #ad - . In june 1897, the young constantine cavafy arrives in Paris on the last stop of a long European tour, a trip that will deeply shape his future and push him toward his poetic inclination. With this lyrical novel, tinged with an hallucinatory eroticism that unfolds over three unforgettable days, celebrated Greek author Ersi Sotiropoulos depicts Cavafy in the midst of a journey of self-discovery across a continent on the brink of massive change.
Arturo's Island: A NovelLiveright #ad - Elsa morante’s novels are “astonishing for the quality of the writing,. The complexity of the invented world, the wide-ranging view of the human condition” Elena Ferrante. Once considered the greatest writer of italy’s postwar generation—and admired by authors as varied as John Banville and Rivka Galchen—Elsa Morante is experiencing a literary renaissance, marked not least by Ann Goldstein’s translation of Arturo’s Island, the novel that brought Morante international fame.
This quiet, meandering existence is upended when his father brings home a beautiful sixteen-year-old bride, Nunziatella. A novel of longing and thwarted desires, filled with Morante’s “brutal directness and familial torment” James Wood, Arturo’s Island reemerges in this splendid translation to take its rightful place in the world literary canon.
Arturo's Island: A Novel #ad - . Imbued with a spectral grace, where—his mother long deceased, and a dog as his sole companion—he roams the countryside and the beaches or reads in his family’s lonely, as if told through an enchanted looking glass, the novel follows the adolescent Arturo through his days on the isolated Neapolitan island of Procida, his father often absent, dilapidated mansion.
Family Lexicon New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - It is all very ordinary, except that the background to the story is Mussolini’s Italy in its steady downward descent to race law and world war. The places, events, and people are all real. ”. A masterpiece of european literature that blends family memoir and fictionAn Italian family, sizable, comical, with its routines and rituals, and stories, doubtful, pet phrases, indispensable, crazes, comes to life in the pages of Natalia Ginzburg’s Family Lexicon.
Giuseppe levi, the father, is a scientist, consumed by his work and a mania for hiking—when he isn’t provoked into angry remonstration by someone misspeaking or misbehaving or wearing the wrong thing. Every time that i have found myself inventing something in accordance with my old habits as a novelist, I have felt impelled at once to destroy it, ” Ginzburg tells us at the start.
Family Lexicon New York Review Books Classics #ad - That will complicate their lives. Family lexicon is about a family and language—and about storytelling not only as a form of survival but also as an instrument of deception and domination. The book takes the shape of a novel, yet everything is true. The levis are, among other things, unshakeable anti-fascists.
Giuseppe is jewish, their children find ways of their own to medicine, married to Lidia, a Catholic, though neither is religious; they live in the industrial city of Turin where, literature, as the years pass, marriage, politics.
The Lying Life of AdultsEuropa Editions #ad - She moves between these two cities, whether high or low, disoriented by the fact that, the city seems to offer no answer and no escape. A powerful new novel set in a divided Naples by Elena Ferrante, the beloved best-selling author of My Brilliant Friend. Giovanna’s pretty face has changed: it’s turning into the face of an ugly, spiteful adolescent.
But is she seeing things as they really are? into which mirror must she look to find herself and save herself?She is searching for a new face in two kindred cities that fear and detest one another: the Naples of the heights, which assumes a mask of refinement, and the Naples of the depths, which professes to be a place of excess and vulgarity.
The Order of the DayOther Press #ad - February 20, 1933, an unremarkable day during a harsh Berlin winter: A meeting of twenty-four German captains of industry and senior Nazi officials is being held in secret in the plush lounge of the Reichstag. It is not strength of character or the determination of a people that wins the day, but rather a combination of intimidation and bluff.
With this vivid, compelling history, and offers a reminder that, ultimately, Éric Vuillard warns against the peril of willfully blind acquiescence, the worst is not inescapable. But behind goebbels’s splendid propaganda, an ersatz Blitzkrieg unfolds, the Panzers breaking down en masse on the roads into Austria.
The true behind-the-scenes account of the Anschluss—a patchwork of minor flourishes of strength and fine words, fevered telephone calls, and vulgar threats—all reveal a starkly different picture. This opening scene sets a tone of consent that will lead to the worst possible repercussions. March 12, a terrible, 1938, the annexation of austria is on the agenda: A grotesque day intended to make history—the newsreels capture a motorized army on the move, inexorable power.
The Order of the Day #ad - They are there to extract funds for the accession to power of the National Socialist Party and its Chancellor. An npr best book of the yearwinner of the 2017 prix goncourt, this behind-the-scenes account of the manipulation, hubris, and greed that together led to Nazi Germany’s annexation of Austria brilliantly dismantles the myth of an effortless victory and offers a dire warning for our current political crisis.
Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp New York Review Books ClassicsNYRB Classics #ad - Recalling that triumphant wager, unfolding, like sheherazade, the intricacies of Proust’s world night after night, Czapski showed to men at the end of their tether that the past remained present and there was a future in which to hope. Proust had staked the art of the novelist against the losses of a lifetime and the imminence of death.
The first translation of painter and writer Józef Czapski's inspiring lectures on Proust, first delivered in a prison camp in the Soviet Union during World War II. During the second world war, and with nothing but memory to go on, as a prisoner of war in a Soviet camp, the Polish artist and soldier Józef Czapski brought Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time to life for an audience of prison inmates.
Lost Time: Lectures on Proust in a Soviet Prison Camp New York Review Books Classics #ad - . In a series of lectures, depth, sketched major and minor characters in striking detail, and movingly evoked the work’s originality, Czapski described the arc and import of Proust’s masterpiece, and beauty. Eric karpeles has translated this brilliant and altogether unparalleled feat of the critical imagination into English for the first time, and in a thoughtful introduction he brings out how, in reckoning with Proust’s great meditation on memory, Czapski helped his fellow officers to remember that there was a world apart from the world of the camp.
StalingradNYRB Classics #ad - Even as the germans advance, the matriarch, Alexandra Vladimirovna, refuses to leave Stalingrad. In april 1942, hitler and mussolini meet in Salzburg where they agree on a renewed assault on the Soviet Union. In the rubble of the bombed-out city, Soviet forces dig in for a last stand. The story told in vasily grossman’s stalingrad unfolds across the length and breadth of Russia and Europe, and its characters include mothers and daughters, steelworkers, nurses, husbands and brothers, political activists, and peasants, generals, along with Hitler and other historical figures.
Grossman’s two-volume masterpiece can now be seen as one of the supreme accomplishments of twentieth-century literature, tender and fearless, intimate and epic. Far from the front, her eldest daughter, Ludmila, is unhappily married to the Jewish physicist Viktor Shtrum. Launched in the summer, the campaign soon picks up speed, as the routed Red Army is driven back to the industrial center of Stalingrad on the banks of the Volga.
Stalingrad #ad - . Viktor’s research may be of crucial military importance, but he is distracted by thoughts of his mother in the Ukraine, lost behind German lines. In stalingrad, grossman writes with extraordinary power and deep compassion about the disasters of war and the ruthlessness of totalitarianism, published here for the first time in English translation, and in its celebrated sequel, Life and Fate, without, losing sight of the little things that are the daily currency of human existence or of humanity’s inextinguishable, however, saving attachment to nature and life.
At the heart of the novel is the Shaposhnikov family.
The Flight Portfolio: A novelKnopf #ad - Masterfully crafted and impossible to put down, The Flight Portfolio offers a testament to the enduring power of art, and love, in any form. Entertainment Weekly. His many clients included hannah arendt, max ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and the race against time to save them is a tale of forbidden love, high-stakes adventure, and Marc Chagall, and unimaginable courage.
Instead, working to procure false documents, amass emergency funds, he stayed more than a year, and arrange journeys across Spain and Portugal, where the refugees would embark for safer ports. Bighearted, gorgeous, suspenseful, everything you want a novel to be” —andrew sean greer, pulitzer prize–winning author of Less, a new book inspired by the World War II story you've never heard—the real-life quest of an unlikely hero to save the lives and work of Europe’s great minds from the impending Holocaust In 1940, historical, Varian Fry traveled to Marseille carrying three thousand dollars and a list of imperiled artists and writers he hoped to help escape within a few weeks.