Recognised as one of the foremost Italian writers of the twentieth century, and one of the most eloquent and incisive commentators on postwar Italy, Ginzburg was never reluctant to take unpopular or controversial positions. Here are her autobiographical essays on being a writer, a mother, and a displaced woman during World War II. Full of self-doubt and searing insight, Ginzburg is merciless in her attempts to describe herself. The book also includes portions of the culminating n-fiction work of her career, inspired by the separation of a baby from her adoptive parents.
Natalia Ginzburg (1916-91), one of the most eloquent and incisive commentators on post-war Italy, has authored novels such as The Road to the City, The Dry Heart, Voices in the Evening, and All Our Yesterdays, as well as stories, essays, plays and a biography of Alessandro Manzoni. Her 1963 autobiographical novel, The Things We Used to Say won the Strega Prize. Lynne Sharon Schwartz's first novel, Rough Strife, was nominated for a National Book Award and a PEN/Hemingway First Novel Award. Her novel, Leaving Brooklyn was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction. Her other novels include Balancing Acts and In the Family Way.