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

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(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

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 (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

one year passes...

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.

xyzzzz__, Friday, 25 January 2019 09:00 (one year ago) link

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

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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten months ago) link

Cool, will order

xyzzzz__, Tuesday, 21 May 2019 07:48 (ten 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 (ten 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 (ten months ago) link

one month passes...

Nice enough account of the latest translations of Ginzburg's quietly tragic books:


xyzzzz__, Saturday, 20 July 2019 13:40 (eight months ago) link

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