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I’ve recently been reading ALL the Ferrara cycle, and they are truly amazing. Return gkorgio Book Page. Maar meer nog situeren we ons in het hoofd van een jongen op zoek naar wie hij is, wie de anderen zijn en hoe hij zich zo kan gedragen dat alles zo rustig mogelijk blijft. Pupils can be corrupted by their friends into many small acts of betrayal.

A shout out to New York Review of Books — this would be a great book to be re-discovered. Music had been his first great passion and dietgo considered a career as a pianist; however literature soon became the focus of his artistic interests.

A little over a week later he married Valeria Sinigallia, whom he had met playing tennis. Lamerestbelle rated it liked it Sep 12, Sometimes he’s on a stairwell, sometimes in a passageway, but on at least one occasion, he’s behind a door as in Bassani’s book. There’s an episode in Proust too in which the narrator discovers his friend’s true opinion of him. A novel about a young Jewish boy’s corruption by an opportunistic newcomer to his high school in Ferrara, Italy.

Abssani rated it really liked it Nov 08, The narrator of this book is just as nameless as all the others but Bassani chose to g Even though I know we shouldn’t search for autobiographical material in an author’s fiction, the unnamed narrators 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.

He was survived by his estranged wife Valeria and their two children Paola born Dec 25, A stirring novella, set in the early ‘s in Italy reminds me a bit of Philip Dietri writing, with its observations, emerging adolescence, and masked betrayls. I loved this series. At one point in the story, the teenage narrator stations himself behind a door in order to overhear a conversation between his friend and some other boys in his class.

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Behind the Door

Un Bassani alquanto severo, dunque, forse troppo, con se stesso No trivia or quizzes yet. Other books in the series. These works realistically document the Italian Jewish pota under Fascism in a style that manifests the difficulties of searching for truth in the meanderings of memory and moral conscience. In he enrolled in the Faculty of Letters of the University of Bologna.

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.

It occurs in a scene where the troubled teenage narrator comes home from school and goes straight upstairs to his room instead of into the garden to greet his mother as usual — even though she has seen him come in. In one such episode, he gets an unexpected blow to his self-image: The best known part, and perhaps Bassani’s masterpiece, 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.

However, it is the clandestine nature of the ‘behind the door’ episode in Bassani that marks the most significant parallel between the two books. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Yaxara rated it really liked it May 14, Feb 13, Kathleen rated it really liked it. Even though I know we shouldn’t search for autobiographical material in an author’s fiction, the unnamed narrators 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.

Corruption is a strange thing, one associates with politicians and gangsters; Bassani shows that it is a fact of life even in schools. Commuting to lectures by train third class from Ferrara, he studied under the art historian Roberto Longhi.

His first volume of poems, Storie dei poveri amanti e altri versi, appeared in ; a second, Te lucis ante, followed in Bassani is known for the novel, The Garden of Finzi-Contini which was made into a well-regarded movie. Refresh and try again. We zijn getuige op de eerste rij en bij het lezen kreeg ik een bijzonder filmische ervaring. Steve Freyne rated it really liked it Jan 25, 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.


The experience is shattering. 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. In one of his novels was adapted as the film Long Night in Caterina rated it liked it Aug 11, 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.

Enrico Maria Faltoni rated it really liked it Apr 10, During their teenage years, both narrators have friends who come from a different social milieu to themselves, and towards whom they feel a sense of superiority mixed with the kind of pity people feel towards the less fortunate.

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Bassani riesce ad attirarti nell’acquario mentale del protagonista e farne una camera oscura in cui prendono vita scorci e immagini bsasani di raccontare un momento di trapasso assieme storico e biografico, in un gioco di riflessi a tratti crudo, impietoso. By 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 ce 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.

As an editorial director of Feltrinelli Bassani was responsible for the posthumous publication in of Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s Il Gattopardo, a novel which dieetro been rejected by Elio Vittorini at Mondadori, and also by Einaudi, but which became one of pofta great successes of post-war Italian literature.

Translated by William Weaver. But the friends in each case are far more shrewd and worldly-wise than the narrators, and the reader doesn’t see them as objects of pity but rather as potential manipulators of their more naive friends’ feelings. Jun 21, Dale Boyer rated it portta was amazing. View all 24 comments.