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Things We Used to Say
     

Things We Used to Say

by Natalia Ginzburg, Judith Woolf, Judith Woolf (Translator)
 

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The Things We Used to Say (published in an earlier translation as Family Sayings) asks to be read as fiction, though the author admits that it is highly autobiographical. The book spans the period from the rise of fascism in Italy through World War II and its immediate aftermath. The subject of this book is the inconsequential, revealing remarks that are repeated in a

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The Things We Used to Say (published in an earlier translation as Family Sayings) asks to be read as fiction, though the author admits that it is highly autobiographical. The book spans the period from the rise of fascism in Italy through World War II and its immediate aftermath. The subject of this book is the inconsequential, revealing remarks that are repeated in a family until they become its affectionate private code, rich in memory and association. Here is one of the rare true evocations of a family in modern literature.

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Richard Bernstein
...[S]o emotionally lean that at first it seems undernourished, optional....But in the end, this reminiscence is an affecting and serenely powerful work....Ginzburg is describing the world outside herself, but she is also describing her own sense of bereavement and solitude as a woman whose determination to remember the petty details is an obstinate refusal to allow herself to be swept away by politics or war or someone else's idea of meaning.
The New York Times

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ISBN-13:
9781559704670
Publisher:
Arcade Publishing
Publication date:
05/05/1999
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
22.22(w) x 22.22(h) x 2.22(d)

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