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The best known part, and perhaps Bassani’s masterpiece, is The Garden of the Finzi-Co Bassani’s Ferrara series, in this new translation by Jamie McKendrick, has been an ongoing Penguin project for several years, and the collection has now been completed by the recent publication of The Heron, which I already have on the to-read shelf.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. All of this makes us aware of the great lack of self-knowledge on the part of the two narrators. A beautifully written novella with an excellent translation by William Weaver.

However, it is the clandestine nature of fietro ‘behind the door’ episode in Bassani that marks the most significant parallel between the two books. I loved this series. This book, the fourth in the Ferrara series, offered me a couple of further echoes. Josh Redman rated it really liked it Dec 25, Juan-pablo Illanes rated it really liked it Apr 26, Yaxara rated it really liked it May hiorgio, He was survived by his estranged wife Valeria and their two children Paola born Feb 13, Kathleen rated it really liked it.

Bassani is a Master I didn’t read this William Weaver version I couldn’t find it, and was disappointed, because William Weaver is a great translator but read the new Penguin edition, in which Jamie Mckendrick is re-translating them all — very capably, I might add.

This portrait of the private school in the American sense was fascinating.

Behind the Door

The best known part, and perhaps Bassani’s porha, is The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, and this short story of schoolboy friendships and rivalries has many similar elements, notably the elegiac tone and the gradual revelation of the impact of Fascist anti-Semitic prejudice on young lives in 30s Italy. A little over a week later he married Valeria Sinigallia, whom he had met playing tennis.


David Kessel rated it it was amazing Nov 02, The story of a betrayal between 3 boys, told in the first person, takes place between and ; anti-Semitism in Italy was already evident. It has a kind of Proustian style, and a delicacy of perception that readers of Bassani know and love, and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

He hears his own personality and behavior, and his mother’s personality and behavior, judged in critical and pitying terms by the friend whom he, in his blindness, believed admired him unreservedly — and respected his mother completely. As a Jew inhowever, work opportunities were now limited and he became a schoolteacher in the Jewish School of Ferrara in via Vignatagliata. A stirring novella, set in the early ‘s in Italy reminds me a bit of Philip Roth’s writing, with its observations, emerging adolescence, and masked betrayls.

Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. Music had been his first great passion and he considered a career as a pianist; however literature soon became the foc Bassani was born in Bologna into a prosperous Jewish family of Ferrara, where he spent his childhood with his mother Dora, father Enrico a doctorbrother Paolo, and sister Jenny.

Behind the Door by Giorgio Bassani

Schitterende kennismaking met een klassieke grootmeester van de Italiaanse literatuur. I’ve recently been reading ALL the Ferrara cycle, and they are truly amazing.

Guorgio focusing on a single Italian city, and the emotions and recollections of its residents, Bassani manages to tell the story of a good chunk of the 20th century, and its sad history of intolerance. Even though I know we shouldn’t search for autobiographical material in an author’s fiction, the unnamed cietro of the Giorgio Bassani novels I’ve read so far have seemed to me to be stand-ins for the author, corresponding in age and family circumstances where those are given to the author’s profile.

Preview — Behind the Door by Giorgio Bassani. Those boys took their studies seriously. The narrator had previously told us that his mother had trained as an opera singer, as did Bassani’s own mother, and now he tells us that on this occasion, from his window overlooking the garden, he could hear her call his name again and again, lingering melodiously on the vowels.


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These works realistically document the Italian Jewish community under Fascism in a style that manifests the difficulties of searching for truth in the meanderings of memory and moral conscience. He edited the literary review Botteghe oscure for Princess Marguerite Caetani from its founding in until it halted publication in Un romanzo di formazione nel quale la perdita dell’innocenza avviene con una specie di leggerezza implacabile. However, in their case, it’s a pity mixed with dislike, dislike of the way their friend expresses himself, and of his accent and mannerisms.

Tom rated it liked it Feb 04, Rosalba rated it really liked it Nov 08, Caterina rated it liked it Aug 11, Bassani passed away inand was buried in the Jewish Cemetery in Ferrara. In the same year he became editor of Paragone, a journal founded by Longhi and his wife Anna Banti.

Proust’s narrator has a tendency towards voyeurism and often places himself in a position where he can overhear other people’s conversations or observe their private actions. Commuting to lectures by train third class from Ferrara, he studied under the art historian Roberto Longhi.

Open Preview See a Problem? Together with stories from Cinque storie ferraresi reworked and under the new title Dentro le mura it was to be form part of a series of works known collectively as Il romanzo di Ferrara which explored the town, with its Christian and Jewish elements, its perspectives and its landscapes.

Bassani is known for the novel, The Garden of Finzi-Contini which was made into a well-regarded movie.