The Little Virtues

Natalia Ginzburg

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‘I really love and admire The Little Virtues by Natalia Ginzburg… She writes beautiful, short essays about very simple things: shoes, food, children, writing itself. Her sentences have great precision and clarity, and I learn a lot when I read her.’ – Zadie Smith

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ISBN – 9781911547143
Publication Date – 01/04/2018
Categories – Essays

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Voices in the Evening

After WWII, a small Italian town struggles to emerge from under the thumb of Fascism. With wit, tenderness, and irony, Elsa, the novel’s narrator, weaves a rich tapestry of provincial Italian life: two generations of neighbors and relatives, their gossip and shattered dreams, their heartbreaks and struggles to find happiness. Elsa wants to imagine a future for herself, free from the expectations and burdens of her town’s history, but the weight of the past will always prove unbearable, insistently posing the question: \”Why has everything been ruined?\”

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The Dry Heart

The Dry Heart begins and ends with the matter-of-fact pronouncement: \”I shot him between the eyes.\” As the tale–a plunge into the chilly waters of loneliness, desperation, and bitterness–proceeds, the narrator’s murder of her flighty husband takes on a certain logical inevitability. Stripped of any preciousness or sentimentality, Natalia Ginzburg’s writing here is white-hot, tempered by rage. She transforms the unhappy tale of an ordinary dull marriage into a rich psychological thriller that seems to beg the question: why don’t more wives kill their husbands?

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The Road to the City

‘If Ferrante is a friend, Ginzburg is a mentor.’ – Guardian

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