Fabrizio's Passion: A Novel

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Guernica Editions, 1995 - Fiction - 235 pages
Fabrizio's Passion is the author's English-language version of his French-language novel, Avril ou l'anti-passion (VLB editeur,1990). The original book made it to the best-seller list when it first appeared in 1990.
This baroque novel, divided into twenty-five chapters, explores the different facets of an Italian family living in North America. It is through the technique of a multivoiced narrative that the readers are permitted to see what might constitute a possible portrait of the ethnic family in our American pluricultural societies.
The novel begins with the disasters of World War II and Lina's diary which she kept during the Nazi invasion of the Abruzzi and takes us to Guido's love letters to his girlfriend Lina before his departure for Canada; the growing-up pains of the Canadian-born children Fabrizio and Lucia; Lucia's marriage to a French-Canadian who no longer speaks his mother tongue; the grandmother's death that suddenly gives new significance to this family's cultural responsibilities; and finally ends with Fabrizio's painful attempt at shooting a film on Sophocles' Antigone in the 1980s.
 

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The action takes place between 1944 and 1984...
Tha diary belonging to Fabrizio's mother refers to the horrors of the war (WW II). Guido's letters to Lina (Fabi's mother) show aspects of life in the
army, different political opinions, sexual obsessions.
I particularly liked the narrative technique combining letters, diary, thoughts, change of narrators.
From the love story of his parents the focus switches to Fabrizio's obsession for Lea, a woman married to Mario, his best friend. And also to Fabrizio's dream of filming Antigone Pacifica.
I also liked to follow Italian-Canadian life details: customs, problems...ALL. And especially Fabrizio's being caught among 3 cultures.
Quite interesting. After having read several books by Antonio D'Alfonso I realized that there are also some autobiographical influences...like the passion for writing and filming...no matter how many obstacles he may come across.
 

Contents

Acknowledgments
7
My Mothers Diary
11
Fathers Military Service
19
The Crossing
38
Our House
47
Scars
66
Bete noire
78
Disamore
91
Nightmare
128
The Perfect Slave
137
Peter Is Invited to Supper
141
The Couple
154
The Phone
159
Nonna Angiolina
164
A Walk with Mario
168
Fabrizios Unfinished Film
181

Friends and Jealousy
94
War
98
Speaking About My Family
105
Lasagna in brodo
109
Romance
114
Mass for the Dead
125
Antigone and Haemon
194
Disembodiment
204
Suicide Chorus
215
Lucias Wedding
221
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About the author (1995)

Claudine Bertrand is the author of more than 20 books of poetry. She won the Prix Femmes de merite 1997, the Medaille d'or du Rayonnement culturel de la Renaissance francaise, and the Prix International de Poesie Tristan Tzara 2000-2001. She lives in Montreal, Quebec. Antonio D'Alfonso is a publisher, translator, and the author of "Un vendredi du mois d'aout," which won the Trillium Award.

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