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

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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 (six 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 (six 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 (six 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 (six months ago) link

Cool, will order

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

one month passes...

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

https://www.nybooks.com/articles/2019/07/18/natalia-ginzburg-driest-eye/

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


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