Separations: two novels of mothers and children

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McPherson & Company, Apr 1, 2004 - Family & Relationships - 315 pages
Richly imbued with imagination, charming in their irony, and eminently readable, The Boy with Two Mothers and The Life and Death of Adria and Her Children are alive with a subtle "magic," presenting unforgettable characters across a canvas of European socio-political upheaval. These are classic stories which will haunt the mind long after their reading. In each, Bontempelli fulfills what he believed was the writer's ultimate goal: "to tell a dream as if it were reality and reality as if it were a dream."

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Two once-famous short novels written by an early exponent of `magical realism` (1878-1960), who is as highly regarded in his native Italy as was his much better-known contemporary (and friend) Luigi ... Read full review

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Appearing in the middle of the author's long, industrious career--Bontempelli (1878-1960) wrote plays, poetry, and essays as well as fiction--Separations is a complete triumph. Bontempelli's work ... Read full review

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Massimo Bontempelli (1878-1960) graduated in Philosophy and Letters from the University of Turin. He worked as a journalist, teacher, and musicologist, and served as an artillery officer during the First World War. In 1926 he founded the controversial literary journal 900, whose editorial committee included James Joyce, Max Jacob and Rainer Maria Rilke. One of the most brilliantly inventive writers of the twentieth century, and considered by many to be the father of ?magic realism, ? Bontempelli was the author of over sixty volumes of poetry, drama, fiction, and theoretical writing.

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