A Place to Live

A Place to Live

And Other Selected Essays of Natalia Ginzburg

Book - 2002
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Translated and Afterword by Lynne Sharon Schwartz One of the greatest twentieth-century voices of Italian literature, long wrongly overshadowed by her male counterparts, Natalia Ginzburg has never been reluctant to take unpopular or controversial positions. Known for the forthrightness and clarity of her vision, in these autobiographical essays she explores being a writer, a mother, and being displaced during WWII through travel pieces, mood pieces, stories picked from newspapers and meditations on her own sense of self. Together, they are a unique and inspired collection.
Publisher: New York : Seven Stories Press, c2002
Edition: Seven Stories Press 1st ed
ISBN: 9781583224748
Branch Call Number: 854 Ginzburg
854 Ginzburg
Characteristics: 237 p. ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Schwartz, Lynne Sharon


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Aug 28, 2012

The essay "My Craft" is a great meditation on writing, and a few of the early essays are great reflections on youth and living in exile. However, either through this translator's choice of essays or a matter of fact, I got the impression that Ginzburg turned bitter with age--criticizing tourists and narrowing her focus to the annoyances of city life. And the insight that seemed so natural in her youth disappears, as she gropes desperately, in a sententious style, for an adage in some of the later essays. Still, those early essays were worth reading.


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