copyright 2002; essays "chosen and translated by Lynne Sharon Schwartz"; Seven Stories Press, New York; hardbound in black boards with silver lettering along spine; very good condition with unmarked pages, appears unread; dust jacket very good.
Chosen and translated by Lynne Sharon Schwartz"Clear, honest, quietly strong...Ginzburg compels us to examine the smallest and largest aspects of our lives in a way that is inspiring and exhilarating....Carefully chosen and beautifully translated by the American writer Lynne Sharon Schwartz." -Sian Williams, Times Literary Supplement "Clarity, precision and wit mark the work of Natalia Ginzburg." -The New York Times Book Review "Ginzburg draws her readers into her deceptively charming essays with cascades of alluring, everyday detail, then stealthily broaches moral questions of great weight and complexity. Wryly witty, acutely observant, and unfailingly valiant, Ginzburg is a revelation, a spur, and a joy." -BooklistPraise for Natalia Ginzburg:"A glowing light of modern Italian literature... Ginzburg's magic is the utter simplicity of her prose, suddenly illuminated by one word that makes a lightning stroke of a plain phrase.... As direct and clean as if it were carved in stone, it yet speaks thoughts of the heart." -The New York TimesArguably one of Italy's greatest contemporary writers, Natalia Ginzburg has been best known in America as a writer's writer, quiet beloved of her fellow wordsmiths. This collection of personal essays chosen by the eminent American writer Lynne Sharon Schwartz from four of Ginzburg's books written over the course of Ginzburg's lifetime, was a many-years long project for Schwartz.
These essays are deeply felt, but also disarmingly accessible.Selected from Le piccole virtų, Mai devi domandarmi, and Vita immaginaria, here are autobiographical essays about the life of a writer, motherhood, the hardship of the years immediately following World War II in Italy, and also on searching for an apartment, and starting a new job. Full of self-doubt and searing insight, Ginzburg is merciless in her attempts to describe herself.