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Five Stories of Ferrara by Giorgio Bassani

Five Stories of Ferrara (1956)

by Giorgio Bassani

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These stories come as a bit of a surprise as I remember the authors Giardino dei Finzi-Conti as a splendid, clear read. Here, however, the language is much more complicated which even made me turn to the English translations, only to find out that it's not just the language that is the problem. The weirdest one of the collection is the story about Clelia Trotti, where the author doesn't bother to explain why the main character is looking for Clelia at all. The one one about the walk before dinner is strange as well. It is as if the author couldn't decide about who should be the main character of this story. The best one is the story about the memorial stone in Via Mazzini: a brilliant satire, exposing the cowardness and hypocrisy of the post-war citizens of Ferrara for whom the presence of a holocaust survivor becomes an evermore annoying burden to their consciences. ( )
  stef7sa | Jan 5, 2017 |
This is the first part of Bassani's Ferrara cycle of novels and stories, the most famous of which is The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. This one is a set of five short stories all set in the first half of the twentieth century, which bear sombre witness to some of the injustices and atrocities of the Fascist era, while retaining a strong sense of the presence of the old city and its history. The cycle moves from the personal to the political. Bassani often writes in long sentences, and this is a book that demands concentration from the reader, and I must admit that I probably missed quite a lot of detail. ( )
  bodachliath | Nov 15, 2016 |
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