The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

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Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1977 - Fiction - 200 pages
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The story of a wealthy, insular Jewish family in Fascist Italy just before the outbreak of World War II. The source of an acclaimed feature film directed by Vittorio De Sica. Translated by William Weaver.A Helen and Kurt Wolff Book

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Review: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il romanzo di Ferrara #3)

User Review  - Becky - Goodreads

This novel manages to foreshadow great horror without ever dealing wholeheartedly in it. The race laws gaining power in mid 1900s Italy are the spectre in the background to a story of love and loss ... Read full review

Review: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Il romanzo di Ferrara #3)

User Review  - Monika Maric - Goodreads

maybe not so ununteresting at times for 1 star but style and plot are pretty straight-forward and not very authentic and engaging Read full review

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About the author (1977)

The main theme of Giorgio Bassani's novels and short stories, which have earned him wide acclaim outside Italy, has been the advent of anti-Semitism in the provincial Italian city of Ferrara during World War II. Earlier he had a successful career as an editor with a major publishing house, being credited with helping to bring to public notice The Leopard by Tomasi Lampedusa. Bassani edited a literary magazine and was director of the Italian radio-television network. His first collection of short pieces was A City on the Plain, written under the pseudonym Giacomo Marchi. His volumes of poems were finally collected and published in 1963. The stories and novels that were to make him famous abroad began to appear in the 1950s. They include A Prospect of Ferrara (1960), and The Gold Rimmed Spectacles (1960). A film version of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1962) by Vittorio De Sica has become a public television classic.

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