The Garden Of The Finzi Continis

Author: Giorgio Bassani
Editor: Everymans Library
ISBN: 1400044227
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The young, middle-class Jewish narrator recounts his relationship with the Finzi-Continis, an insular, upper-class Jewish family, in Ferrara on the eve of World War II and the family's blindness to impending destruction. 10,000 first printing.

The Garden Of The Finzi Continis

Author: Giorgio Bassani
Editor: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
ISBN: 9780156345705
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The story of a wealthy, insular Jewish family in Fascist Italy just before the outbreak of World War II. The source of an acclaimed feature film directed by Vittorio De Sica. Translated by William Weaver.A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

The Book Of Aron

Author: Jim Shepard
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 1101874325
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The acclaimed National Book Award finalist—“one of the United States’ finest writers,” according to Joshua Ferris, “full of wit, humanity, and fearless curiosity”—now gives us a novel that will join the short list of classics about children caught up in the Holocaust. Aron, the narrator, is an engaging if peculiar and unhappy young boy whose family is driven by the German onslaught from the Polish countryside into Warsaw and slowly battered by deprivation, disease, and persecution. He and a handful of boys and girls risk their lives by scuttling around the ghetto to smuggle and trade contraband through the quarantine walls in hopes of keeping their fathers, mothers, brothers, and sisters alive, hunted all the while by blackmailers and by Jewish, Polish, and German police, not to mention the Gestapo. When his family is finally stripped away from him, Aron is rescued by Janusz Korczak, a doctor renowned throughout prewar Europe as an advocate of children’s rights who, once the Nazis swept in, was put in charge of the Warsaw orphanage. Treblinka awaits them all, but does Aron manage to escape—as his mentor suspected he could—to spread word about the atrocities? Jim Shepard has masterfully made this child’s-eye view of the darkest history mesmerizing, sometimes comic despite all odds, truly heartbreaking, and even inspiring. Anyone who hears Aron’s voice will remember it forever. From the Hardcover edition.

The Gold Rimmed Spectacles

Author: Giorgio Bassani
Editor: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0141938978
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Into the insular town of 1930s Ferrara, a new doctor arrives. Fadigati is hopeful and modern, and more than anything wants to fit into his new home. But his fresh, appealing appearance soon crumbles when the townsfolk discover his homosexuality, and the young man he pays to be his lover humiliates him publicly. As anti-Semitism spreads across Italy, the Jewish narrator of the tale begins to feel pity for the ostracized doctor, as the fickle nature of a community changing under political forces becomes clear. The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles is a gripping and tragic study of how lives can be destroyed by those we consider our neighbours.

Filmmaking By The Book

Author: Millicent Joy Marcus
Editor: JHU Press
ISBN: 9780801844553
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Explores the impulse to transform literary narrative into cinematic discourse through the work of several postwar Italian film-makers - Visconti, De Sica, Pasolini, Fellini and the Taviani brothers.

Out Of Egypt

Author: André Aciman
Editor: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312426552
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The son of a flamboyant Jewish clan recounts his family's move to turn-of-the-century Alexandria, the family's many colorful members, its pursuit of wealth and happiness, and its struggles with anti-Semitic and anti-Western nationalism. Reprint. 10,000 first printing.

Casanova In Bolzano

Author: Sándor Márai
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0375712968
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In 1756, after escaping from Venice's most notorious jail, Giacomo Casanova seeks refuge in the Italian village of Bolzano, where he once again embarks on a campaign of seduction, until the notorious lover meets his match at the hands of the woman who will ultimately defeat him. Reprint. 25,000 first printing.

The Bay Of Noon

Author: Shirley Hazzard
Editor: Picador
ISBN: 1466800488
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Long out of print, Shirley Hazzard's classic novel of love and memory A young Englishwoman working in Naples, Jenny comes to Italy fleeing a history that threatened to undo her. Alone in the fabulously ruined city, she idly follows up a letter of introduction from an acquaintance and thus changes her life forever. Through the letter, she meets Giocanda, a beautiful and gifted writer, and Gianni, a famous Roman film director and Giocanda's lover. At work she encounters Justin, a Scotsman whose inscrutability Jenny finds mysteriously attractive. As she becomes increasingly involved in the lives of these three, she discovers that the past--and the patterns of a lifetime--are not easily discarded.


Author: Alessandro Baricco
Editor: Vintage
ISBN: 0307425274
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The author of the international bestseller Silk now delivers a ravishing and wildly inventive novel about friendship, genius and its discontents, and the redemptive power of narrative. Somewhere in America lives a brilliant boy named Gould, an intellectual guided missile aimed at the Nobel Prize. His only companions are an imaginary giant and an imaginary mute. Improbably—and yet with impeccable logic--he falls into the care of Shatzy Shell, a young woman whose life up till that point has been equally devoid of human connection . Theirs is a relationship of stories and of stories within stories: of Gould’s evolving saga of an underdog boxer and the violent Western that Shatzy has been dictating into a tape recorder since the age of six. Out of these stories, Alessandro Baricco creates a masterpiece of metaphysical pulp fiction that recalls both Scheherazade and Italo Calvino. By turns exhilarating and deeply moving, City is irresistible.

Benevolence And Betrayal

Author: Alexander Stille
Editor: Macmillan
ISBN: 9780312421533
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Exploring the experiences of Italian Jews under fascism, five factual narratives and extensive interviews reconstruct Mussolini's Italy for Italian Jews from the perspectives and fates of five different Italian-Jewish families. Reprint.