A Circular Journey / Edition 2

A Circular Journey / Edition 2

by Helen Barolini
     
 


A Circular Journey collects for the first time in one book the essays that most powerfully define the unique gifts of one of America's most distinctive voices. These fifteen pieces, tracking some thirty years of a writer's life, come together to illuminate the stages and themes and places that mark Helen Barolini's art. Divided into three closely linked… See more details below

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A Circular Journey collects for the first time in one book the essays that most powerfully define the unique gifts of one of America's most distinctive voices. These fifteen pieces, tracking some thirty years of a writer's life, come together to illuminate the stages and themes and places that mark Helen Barolini's art. Divided into three closely linked sections-Home,Abroad,Return,-the essays move through Barolini's worlds. Her love of literature began when, as a child growing up as an avid reader in Syracuse, New York, she was presented with a diary and told to write in it. Returning to the heritage of her Italian immigrant grandparents, she moved to Italy as a young writer. There she lived for many years, becoming acquainted with the brightest of Italy's literary lights. The accomplished poet, novelist, and critic she became now lives at home in two nurturing cultures, America and Italy both.The essays are memoirs of her house on a street named for Henry James's grandfather, tales of literary journeys from Taos to Taormina, and Paris to Rome, as the young bride of a poet from the Veneto and, later on, as a distinguished writer whose explorations of identity and dislocation took her back to Italian inspirations.From a delightful account of a writing fellowship in an exquisite villa overlooking the Italian lakes to her first trip back to discover distant family roots in the hills of Calabria, Barolini moves lyrically through the generations of her life, giving form to the influences that shaped her art and her sense of self-as an American, a woman, and a gifted daughter of the two cultures she has so powerfully imagined.Praise for Helen BaroliniAn impassioned and magnificent contribution to our knowledge of what it has meant and means still to be an ethnic American and woman . . . . a book of heroic recovery and affirmation.-Alice Walker (on The Dream Book)Large in scope, in depth, and in the gift of narrative.-Cynthia Ozick (on Umbertina)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780823226160
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Edition description:
2
Pages:
200
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

IHome
2004 James Street3
My Mother's Wedding Day33
Zio Filippo at Summer Camp50
The Spinsters of Taos56
IIAbroad
A Fish Tale69
Montale and Mosca in a Train80
Sicily, Light and Dark89
A Classical Excursion100
Neruda vs. Sartre by the Sea110
Souvenirs of Venice120
Being at Bellagio131
IIIReturn
Shutting the Door on Someone155
Paris in the Boondocks164
A Story of Rings174
A Circular Journey188

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