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
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
Yet to pick up.
Lads lads: http://www.nyrb.com/collections/forthcoming/products/ernesto?variant=30483108743
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 (three 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 (three years ago) link
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
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 (two years 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 (two years ago) link
Terrific piece on Bassani:
I haven't tackled this piece on Elsa Morante but will do so later:
― xyzzzz__, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:00 (one year ago) link
And I need to read some Bassani - its a gap.
Just been reading him, so thanks for that!
― Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 25 January 2019 21:38 (one year ago) link
ah yeah I saw that.
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 26 January 2019 11:11 (one year ago) link
― 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link
Cool, will order
― xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 07:48 (eight months 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 (eight months 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 (eight months ago) link
Nice enough account of the latest translations of Ginzburg's quietly tragic books:
― xyzzzz__, Saturday, 20 July 2019 13:40 (six months ago) link