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The City and the House: A Novel

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The city is Rome, the hub of Italian life and culture. The house is Le Margherite, a home where the sprawling cast of The City and the House is welcome. At the center of this lush epistolary novel is Lucrezia, mother of five and lover of many. Among her lovers—and perhaps the father of one of her children—is Giuseppe. After the sale of Le Margherite, the characters wander aimlessly as if in search of a lost paradise.

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Overview


The city is Rome, the hub of Italian life and culture. The house is Le Margherite, a home where the sprawling cast of The City and the House is welcome. At the center of this lush epistolary novel is Lucrezia, mother of five and lover of many. Among her lovers—and perhaps the father of one of her children—is Giuseppe. After the sale of Le Margherite, the characters wander aimlessly as if in search of a lost paradise.

What was once rooted, local, and specific has become general and common, a matter of strangers and of pointless arrivals and departures. And at the edge of the novel are people no longer able to form any sustained or sustaining relationships. Here, once again, Ginzburg pulls us through a thrilling and true exploration of the disintegration of family in modern society. She handles a host of characters with a deft touch and her typical impressionist hand, and offers a story full of humanity, passion, and keen perception.

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Editorial Reviews

Italo Calvino
“The secret of Natalia’s simple prose and style and its poetic tension are born out of essential disproportion.”
Sunday Times
“Her poetic narrative with its jokey, yet deadly serious tone, is one of the most distinctive and contemporary styles.”
Elle
“Surely one of literature’s most provocative and moving writers.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611456912
  • Publisher: Arcade Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/10/2013
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 723,638
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Natalia Ginzburg grew up in Turin, Italy, where she worked as a publisher and writer. She was an acclaimed author whose works received the Strega Prize and the Battuta Prize. She passed away in 1991.
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