I'm back with a HUGE PILE OF ITALIAN BOOKS!!!!!

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Sorry again, Valentino and Sagittarius

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 12 February 2015 10:16 (four years ago) link

eight months pass...

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/archives/2015/nov/05/mystery-primo-levi/

Great to see a couple of pieces on Levi. Need to re-read The Periodic Table

xyzzzz__, Friday, 16 October 2015 23:00 (three years ago) link

Thanks. I've got a copy of The Periodic Table somewhere around here, in case I haven't mentioned it before, IN ITALIAN!!!!

Raz Turned Blue (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 17 October 2015 02:18 (three years ago) link

This is better, maybe because the argument for a darker conclusion is made to stick.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 23 October 2015 16:14 (three years ago) link

?

Are You A Borad Or Are You A URL? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 23 October 2015 16:26 (three years ago) link

haha when I linked that it hadn't been opened up for non-subscribers.

I was thinking that the NYRB piece is better than the piece in the New Yorker

xyzzzz__, Friday, 23 October 2015 16:30 (three years ago) link

Agreed

Are You A Borad Or Are You A URL? (James Redd and the Blecchs), Saturday, 24 October 2015 00:35 (three years ago) link

four months pass...

This series of blog posts on the Levi set has turned into a monument of crank.

I stare at Brock's Pavese everytime I find myself in the LRB bookshop but don't want to stump up 18 quid or whatever. Could send me over the edge tho'.

Ippolito Nuevo looks interesting (I love his name)

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 23:26 (three years ago) link

I get that Parks wants a more down-to-earth translation (I get that Ann Goldstein is possibly too boringly literary). They are v good pieces - and they have certainly sharpened my sense of what is really translating into English or not. otoh great writing translates even if translated badly (or if the editing is bunk).

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 16 March 2016 23:30 (three years ago) link

Parks is very entertaining, though. I really enjoyed his collection of those NYRB pieces that came out last year (this year in the US).

like Uber, but for underpants (James Morrison), Thursday, 17 March 2016 01:38 (three years ago) link

Who's Ippolito Nuevo, btw? A quick Googling gets me only stuff I cannot understand.

like Uber, but for underpants (James Morrison), Thursday, 17 March 2016 01:40 (three years ago) link

Sorry its Nievo:

http://www.nybooks.com/articles/2015/04/02/revolutionary-italy-masterwork/

Really want to read the above but no subscriber.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 17 March 2016 08:12 (three years ago) link

Now i feel even dumber, as i own but have not read that book!

like Uber, but for underpants (James Morrison), Thursday, 17 March 2016 11:06 (three years ago) link

Had an idea to poll off-the-classics-lists from the 19th century. Totally arbitrary list -will have to read and put that in if I like it.

This looks so much more interesting than Manzoni but I'm indie like that.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 17 March 2016 12:12 (three years ago) link

Hey, xyzzzz, I found that I had that Parks/Nievo article you wanted to read, so I uploaded it here: www.scribd.com/doc/305150648/Tim-Parks-Ippolito-Nievo

like Uber, but for underpants (James Morrison), Thursday, 17 March 2016 22:38 (three years ago) link

Thanks James! ha, Parks compares it to Manzoni at the end.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 18 March 2016 09:05 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

New Morante - the world needs it: http://press.uchicago.edu/ucp/books/book/distributed/W/bo25015883.html

xyzzzz__, Wednesday, 11 May 2016 22:35 (three years ago) link

Ferdinando Camon's trilogy "The Fifth Estate" / "Memorial" / "Life Everlasting" is my current Italian tip. The absence of matching English editions of the three is a matter of great regret IMO.

Tim, Thursday, 12 May 2016 15:23 (three years ago) link

The Morante sounds very exciting: I've been meaning to read her for a long time, but I'm not sure where best to start.

one way street, Thursday, 12 May 2016 15:49 (three years ago) link

This + Alexiviech are the most exciting new bks in a while

ows - def Arturo's Island if you can get hold of the out of print copy (did via my library). Arcoeli is on Open Letter and I was talking to someone abt it on twitter as she was raving about it (its how I found out about this). Historia was good at the time and is disappointing when set against her other fiction.

xyzzzz__, Thursday, 12 May 2016 18:07 (three years ago) link

one month passes...

I just read "The Unseen" by Nanni Balestrini and it's a fierce novel of (and from) the Autonomia movement of the 70s/80s, brutal, angry, upsetting and highly recommended.

Tim, Wednesday, 22 June 2016 08:47 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

Yet to pick up.

Lads lads: http://www.nyrb.com/collections/forthcoming/products/ernesto?variant=30483108743

http://www.nyrb.com/collections/forthcoming/products/a_family_lexicon?variant=1094928849

Read the Ginzburg in the old translation and its fkn great. Saba is unknown to me and I'm excited.

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 21:55 (two years ago) link

(I get that Ann Goldstein is possibly too boringly literary). Maybe somewhere, but not in the Neapolitan Novels.

dow, Tuesday, 20 September 2016 22:37 (two years ago) link

six months pass...

Review of A Family Lexicon

Got to read this fantatsic piece on Elsa Mornate at the weekend. Not just a review of that book but a beautiful overview of all her works and the little of crit published in English. A must.

xyzzzz__, Monday, 10 April 2017 21:33 (two years ago) link

seven months pass...

So I called Gadda showy for Acquainted with Grief above in the William Weaver translation but now I see Experience of Pain is coming out (I assume its a re-translation as it has a similar set-up, words in either title amount to same).

xyzzzz__, Friday, 17 November 2017 11:06 (one year ago) link

I have that, but having read several other demented books recently i am waiting until the balance of my mind is restored before tackling ut

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Sunday, 19 November 2017 07:45 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Terrific piece on Bassani:

https://harpers.org/archive/2019/02/giorgio-bassani-the-novel-of-ferrara-review/

I haven't tackled this piece on Elsa Morante but will do so later:

https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2019/02/07/elsa-morante-disillusionist/

xyzzzz__, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:00 (five months ago) link

And I need to read some Bassani - its a gap.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:00 (five months ago) link

Just been reading him, so thanks for that!

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 25 January 2019 21:38 (five months ago) link

ah yeah I saw that.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 January 2019 11:11 (five months ago) link

three months pass...

I just read "The Unseen" by Nanni Balestrini and it's a fierce novel of (and from) the Autonomia movement of the 70s/80s, brutal, angry, upsetting and highly recommended.

― Tim, Wednesday, 22 June 2016 08:47 (two years ago) Permalink

Just seen on my twitter that he has passed away today

xyzzzz__, Monday, 20 May 2019 10:42 (one month ago) link

RIP. I don't stop recommending that book, though I'm not sure anyone has ever read it as a result of my recommendation.

Tim, Monday, 20 May 2019 11:38 (one month ago) link

Gotta say fiction around the struggle are a bit underwhelming to me (Victor Serge is probably best but there are a lot of other things in his fiction as well).

xyzzzz__, Monday, 20 May 2019 11:51 (one month ago) link

Well I agree but this one stands out (and I've only read a bit of Serge but found "The Unseen" even more affecting - it really is unbelievably good.

Tim, Monday, 20 May 2019 18:16 (one month ago) link

Cool, will order

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 07:48 (one month ago) link

You're welcome to borrow mine, then I won't feel guilty if you don't like it!

Tim, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 08:50 (one month ago) link

Haha would've been fine either way but I was thinking of asking you. Cool will mail you sometime this week to arrange :)

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 10:13 (one month ago) link


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