Secrets and Puzzles: Silence and the Unsaid in Contemporary Italian Writing

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Legenda, European Humanities Research Centre, 2003 - Literary Criticism - 177 pages
Four significant Italian writers - Cesare Pavese, Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg and Francesca Sanvitale - who were brought up under the shadow of fascism and war and whose work spans the second half of the twentieth century, are the focus of this study of the 'unsaid' in modern Italian narrative. During periods that are free of censorship, how do writers decide what to excise, and how far are their omissions a form of concealment? What are the relationships between biography, fiction and autobiography? Do writers influence readers, or do they inevitably reflect their readers' attitudes? In this wide-ranging, lucid and thought-provoking work, which embraces, among other topics, literary depictions of the Holocaust, Italian political guilt and trauma, fairytales, film theory and feminist writing, Nicoletta Simborowski traces the path and significance of self-censorship in post-war Italy.

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Contents

Preface i
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Politics in Pavese
49
Natalia Ginzburgs Lessico famigliare
78
Copyright

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Nicoletta Simborowski read Modern Languages at Oxford and then worked in publishing and as a teacher at Westminster School in London.She combines a career as a lecturer in Italian at Christ Church, Oxford with freelance interpreting and translating for television and video. Her translations for Dedalus are: The Late Mattia Pascal by Luigi Pirandello, Abbe Jules and Sebastien Roch by Octave Mirbeau.

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