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Belle Epoque — Fernando Trueba Anxiously she asks him about Giorgio. Like Marcel Proust’s unnamed narrator’s obsession with the Guermantes coontini, which began with a sighting in the church at Combray when he was giagdino child, and which grew and grew with the passing years, Bassani’s narrator first spots the Finzi-Contini family in the local synagogue. It is part of a cycle of novels set in Ferrara and three of the others are now available in the same Penguin Modern Classics series.

The Finzi-Continis, a family of Italian Jews, wall themselves off in their villa with its garden paradise, dreaming their sunlit afternoons away. Then, in both cases, another period of separation, during which they suffer jealous torment, before a later encounter takes place.

But this is not what makes this novel of unrequited love haunting. However, her attitude towards the narrator remains one of friendship so that the relationship slowly peters out. For those who are interested in the parallels I’ve been finding between Bassani’s Ferrara cycle and Marcel Proust’s Recherche du Temps Perdu, let me say that there are even more here than in the second book, The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles.

E siccome queste, lo so, non erano che parole, le solite parole ingannevoli e disperate che soltanto un vero bacio avrebbe potuto impedirle di proferire, di esse, appunto, e non di altre, sia suggello qui quel poco che il cuore ha saputo ricordare.

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis film. By all the young Jews who used to visit the Garden of the Finzi-Continis have viardino arrested. This is the background for this book. E i muri di oggi, contro quel furore che la nuova crisi ha fatto tornare, serviranno?

For the novel’s adaptation, see The Garden of the Finzi-Continis film. La Strada — Federico Fellini Trivia About The Garden of the Their house and gardens are exceptionally large and imposing, and they possess a large and imposing tomb in the Jewish graveyard in Ferrara.


Through a Glass Darkly — Ingmar Bergman The Salesman — Asghar Farhadi In una Ferrara funestata dalle leggi razziali fasciste che impediscono a molti giovani l’accesso a biblioteche e club privati, il magnifico giardino dei Finzi-Contini rappresenta un’occasione per riunirsi, passare dei pomeriggi spensierati, far crescere degli amori e delle amicizie, coltivare, nonostante l’angoscioso clima della guerr Era il “nostro” vizio, questo: This page was last edited on 30 Decemberat Non credo che tanta importanza data alla descrizione dei rapporti umani e del loro evolversi tolga efficacia alla resa del cruciale momento storico, anzi contribuisce a renderlo realistico ed a capire meglio cosa sia successo.

It chronicles the relationships between the narrator and the children of the Finzi-Contini family from the rise of Benito Mussolini until the start of World War II.

View all 3 comments. Echoes of the primeval garden, of an overgrown paradise, or of the Hortus Conclusus of protected virginity, welcome us from the beginning since the title of the book acts as a kind of Welcoming Banner. Open Preview See a Problem? In this case it concerns the period immediately prior to the Second World War, just after the promulgating of the racial laws ofas a result of which the Jews in Italy came into isolation.

Some of them are Italian Jews and a rising tide of Fascism has imposed increasingly anti-Semitic goorgio in their lives.

Giorgio Bassani, “Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini”, – Immagine Pubblica

The narrator, a young middle-class Jew in the Italian city of Ferrara, has long been fascinated from afar by the Finzi-Continis, a wealthy and aristocratic Jewish family, and especially by their charming daughter Micol.

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The narrator, a young middle-class Jew in the Italian city o Giorgio Bassani’s acclaimed novel of unrequited love and the plight of the Italian Jews on the brink of World War II has become a classic of modern Italian literature. Leggendo, tuttavia, il giorgoo nel suo complesso la questione mi pare maggiormente attribuibile ad un attaccamento alla forma classica come segno di legame al tanto decantato passato.

Quotes from The Garden of the Giorgio is enraged; his father is philosophical. Silvio, rimasto a Ferrara, a settembre venne internato fiorgio Sant’Anna e, a novembre, fu catturato dai nazifascisti, trasferito al campo di transito di Fossoli, caricato su un treno per Auschwitz col primo convoglio di italiani e ucciso all’arrivo.


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Gate of Hell — Teinosuke Kinugasa Wikimedia Commons has media related to Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini film. One of those novels that touch the heart and the mind, that illuminates the human spirit, and whose melancholic enchantments remain haunting long after the book is closed. In fact, its story ends just before the outbreak of the war, the narrator just mentioning the deaths in a short, two-page epilogue. giardno

As I can only go by the translation done very well by Jamie Mckendrick for this edition Bassani’s quality of writing shines throughout and he was clearly one of the great European novelists.

Their lives and their after-lives seem well taken care of.

Nowhere in Africa — Caroline Link Bicycle Thieves — Vittorio De Sica The Official Story — Luis Puenzo View all 10 comments. Finnzi one gay place suddenly desolate, eery. The father claims that it is because we knew and loved the people who are buried in our modern graveyards, whereas the amount o The short prologue to this book describes a visit by the narrator and his friends to the ancient burial site of the Etruscans at Cerveteri near Rome sometime in the s.

Giorgio Bassani, “Il Giardino dei Finzi-Contini”, 1962

In a Better World — Susanne Bier Commuting to lectures by train third class from Ferrara, he studied under the art historian Roberto Longhi. Antonia’s Line — Marleen Gorris Because of events listed in the author’s biography on the book jacket, I assumed this novel was semi-autobiographical; but it was only today, after paging to the front of the book before writing this review, that I noticed the dedication: It shrouds with dark tones the scented story of youth, innocence and longing for love.

In this episode he recounts his memories of the Finzi-Contini family, from when he first became aware of them as a young boy in the late s until he left Ferrara at the outbreak of the war.