Ruin

Overview


Born into a working-class family in the town of Alba lying in that part of the Piedmont called LeLanghe, Beppe Fenoglio (1922-1963) belonged to the generation of young Italian writers whose works were molded by their World War II experience and the anti-Fascist Resistance many took part in. Fenoglio fought as a partisan against the German troops occupying Italy, and the major part of his literature is connected with the events of the time.

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Overview


Born into a working-class family in the town of Alba lying in that part of the Piedmont called LeLanghe, Beppe Fenoglio (1922-1963) belonged to the generation of young Italian writers whose works were molded by their World War II experience and the anti-Fascist Resistance many took part in. Fenoglio fought as a partisan against the German troops occupying Italy, and the major part of his literature is connected with the events of the time.

Ruin, whose composition dates from 1945, appeared in 1954. Told with terrible humility and great force, it is a compassionate and harrowing narrative of peasant endurance in the face of overwhelming hardship.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Congratulations are due the publisher for bringing out the first English-language edition of this seminal work of Italian neorealism. Widely considered one of the most influential Italian writers of the 20th century, Fenoglio (1922-1963) invests the struggles of common men and women with dignity and grace. Here, Agostino, the son of peasants, is sent to work as a bond servant for Tobia, a farmer so avaricious that he virtually works his own wife to death. Meanwhile, Agostino's beloved younger brother, sent by a benefactress to a seminary, suffers under equally harsh conditions, and the young women Agostino meets are bullied by their families into marrying cruel but relatively prosperous older men. Fenoglio's hero remains unbowed--instead, his trials strengthen his determination. Shepley's translation suggests, if not exactly replicates, the power of Fenoglio's prose. Without imitating local dialects, importing heavy symbols or invoking explicit literary conventions, Fenoglio compresses language so that it approximates the speech of peasants. In all, a deeply felt, deeply moving work. (Dec.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780910395847
  • Publisher: Northwestern University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1994
  • Edition description: 1st English language ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 94
  • Product dimensions: 5.25 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author


Beppe Fenoglio (born Giuseppe Fenoglio 1 March 1922, Alba (CN) - 18 February 1963, Turin) was an Italian writer.
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