Short Stories, Irish literature, Classics, Modern Fiction, Contemporary Literary Fiction, The Japanese Novel, Post Colonial Asian Fiction, The Legacy of the Austro-Hungarian Empire and quality Historical Novels are Among my Interests

Friday, June 30, 2017

All Our Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburg (1952)

All my Yesterdays by Natalia Ginzburg is set in a small Italian village during World War Two.  It focuses on two families, brought together by passions, intrigue and the shared hardships of the war years.  It focuses on the small details of the characters lives.  At first they are proud of the success of Germany, their ally, in the war but as the war drags on and as they see the horrible impact of the war, they grow weary.

This is a short post, just mood I am in.  I bought a kindle of this novel on sale for $1.95, it is now back up to $9.95.  I enjoyed it but not enough to suggest to those I do not know that it is worth the full price.  

Natalia Ginzburg was born in Palermo, Italy in 1916. She was an Italian author whose work explored family relationships, politics during and after the Fascist years and World War II, and philosophy. She wrote novels, short stories, and essays, for which she received the Strega Prize and Bagutta Prize. Modest and intensely reserved, Ginzburg never shied away from the traumas of history, whether writing about the Turin of her childhood, the Abruzzi countryside, or contemporary Rome—all the while approaching those traumas only indirectly, through the mundane details and catastrophes of personal life. Most of her works were also translated into English and published in the United Kingdom and United States. She wrote acclaimed translations of both Proust and Flaubert into Italian. She died in Rome in 1991.. from goodreads 

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