A Private Affair

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Hesperus, 2006 - Fiction - 144 pages
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Posthumously published in Italy in 1963, and now translated into English for the very first time, Beppe Fenoglio's World War II novel A Private Affair is regarded as one of the greatest works of 20th-century Italian literature. After the fateful day of September 8,1943—when Italy surrendered to the Allies and was occupied by the Wehrmacht—Milton, a university student, joins the anti-German partisan militia in the mountainous areas of the Piedmont. It is a hard life of watches, patrols, ambushes, and close escapes, but Milton seems to live in a kind of daze, heedless of the danger of being captured by Fascist bands, and immersed in his own world of thoughts and memories. History and life are fused together through a masterful use of flashback, while Milton’s romantic, obsessive, and desperate quest for love and truth carries a wealth of connotations that still reverberate to this day. Beppe Fenoglio (1922–1963) is best known for his autobiographical work, Johnny the Partisan.

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Beppe Fenoglio (1922-1963) was a soldier in the King's army and then an active partisan. After the war he turned first to translation and then to writing his own works, although only three were published during his lifetime. He is best known for the autobiographical Il partigiano Johnny.

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