Fabrizio's Passion: A Novel

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Guernica Editions, 2000 - Literary Criticism - 213 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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Contents

My Mothers Diary
9
Fathers Military Service
17
The Crossing
34
Our House
42
Scars
59
Bete noire
70
Disamore
82
Friends and Jealousy
85
The Perfect Slave
124
Peter Is Invited to Supper
128
The Couple
140
The Phone
144
Nonna Angiolina
148
A Walk with Mario
151
Fabrizios Unfinished Film
163
Antigone and Haemon
175

War
88
Speaking About My Family
94
Lasagna in brodo
98
Romance
103
Mass for the Dead
113
Nightmare
116
Disembodiment
184
Suicide Chorus
194
Lucias Wedding
200
Acknowledgments 214
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About the author (2000)

Antonio D'Alfonso was born in Montreal. He studied at Loyola College from 1970 to 1975, where he got his B.A. in Communication Arts. Later on he went to Université de Montréal to complete his Master's Science Degree in Communication Studies, specializing in Semiology; his thesis was on Mouchette, a film by Robert Bresson. In 1978 he founded Guernica Editions, where he edited over 450 books by authors from around the world. In 1982 along with three other writers, he founded the trilingual magazine, Vice Versa. In 1986, along with three other writers, he founded the Association of Italian-Canadian Writers. He has taught at Université of Montréal, Continuing Studies at University of Toronto, University of California, in San Diego. He is presently a writer in residence at McGill University (French language and literature department).

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