A Circular Journey / Edition 2

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Overview


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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. . .Suceeds as a unified work that takes the reader on a stimulating and satisfying voyage.-Caterina Edwards

What is best and most passionate about this memoir is following Barolini on her journey of self discovery as she becomes that woman.

A good read-even for the non-Italian!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780823226160
  • Publisher: Fordham University Press
  • Publication date: 10/1/2010
  • Edition description: 2
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Helen Barolini is the recipient of numerous prizes, including an NEA grant and an American Book Award. Her books include Umbertina and The Dream Book: An Anthology of Writings by Italian-American Women.

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Table of Contents

I Home
2004 James Street 3
My Mother's Wedding Day 33
Zio Filippo at Summer Camp 50
The Spinsters of Taos 56
II Abroad
A Fish Tale 69
Montale and Mosca in a Train 80
Sicily, Light and Dark 89
A Classical Excursion 100
Neruda vs. Sartre by the Sea 110
Souvenirs of Venice 120
Being at Bellagio 131
III Return
Shutting the Door on Someone 155
Paris in the Boondocks 164
A Story of Rings 174
A Circular Journey 188
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