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Open City: Seven Writers in Post-War Rome

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A MAGIC DECADE OF Italian writing followed the fall of Benito Mussolini's Fascist government and the liberation of Rome in 1944. Ignazio Silone, author of one of the great novels of the 1930s, Bread and Wine, returned from exile. Alberto Moravia, who helped define the modern conscience with his novel The Time of Indifference, left the mountains outside Rome, where he had been hiding from the Germans. Rome filled with veterans of the partisan war, of the underground, of the anonymity and silence of the Italian police state. The suffering of the war, the bold hopes which blossomed after Fascism's overthrow, were described in a torrent of films, stories and novels, bringing a kind of climax to one of the great national literatures of the twentieth century.

William Weaver, who drove an ambulance for the British Army during the war, also arrived in Rome in the late 1940s, fell in love with the Italian language and literature, and found a career in translating the writers he met there. Open City is an anthology of the writers Weaver admired most, described in a long introductory memoir - Silone, Moravia, Elsa Morante, Carlo Levi, Giorgio Bassani, Natalia Ginzburg, Carlo Emilio Gadda. No other book offers such a comprehensive sampling of the political seriousness and lyrical realism which were the gift of the Italians to modern writing.

Synopsis:

A magic decade of Italian writing followed the fall of Mussolini's Fascists and the liberation of Rome in 1944. Ignazio Silone, author of one of the great novels of the 1930s, Bread and Wine, returned from exile. Alberto Moravia, who helped define the modern conscience with his novel, The Time of Indifference, left the mountains outside Rome where he had been hiding from the Germans. Rome filled with veterans of the partisan war, of the underground, of the anonymity and silence of the Italian police state. The suffering of the war, the bold hopes which blossomed after Fascism's overthrow, were described in a torrent of films, stories and novels, bringing a kind of climax to one of the great national literatures of the twentieth century. American William Weaver also arrived in Rome in the late 1940s. Open City is an anthology of the writers Weaver admired most, and they all come to life in the pages of his long introductory memoir.

Description:

The nameless one, from House of liars / Elsa Morante — from Bread and wine / Ignazio Silone — Valentino / Natalia Ginzburg — Agostino / Alberto Moravia — from That awful mess on via Merulana / Carlo Emilio Gadda — from The garden of the Finzi-Continis / Giorgio Bassani — from The watch / Carlo Levi.

About the Author

WILLIAM WEAVER has been the leading translator of Italian writing into English for half a century and several samples of his own work are included in Open City. Among his previous books is A Legacy of Excellence: The Story of Villa I Tatti. Weaver divides his year among Italy, New York City, and Annandale-on-Hudson, where he is on the faculty of Bard College.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781883642822
Subtitle:
Seven Writers in Post-War Rome
Editor:
Weaver, William
Introduction:
Weaver, William
Editor:
Weaver, William
Author:
Weaver, William
Introduction:
Weaver, William
Other:
Olson, Kristina
Publisher:
Zoland Books
Location:
South Royalton, Vt. :
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Short Stories (Anthologies)
Subject:
Short stories
Subject:
Ancient and Classical
Subject:
Short stories, italian
Subject:
Italian fiction
Subject:
World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction.
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Anthologies (multiple authors)
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
19990601
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
490
Dimensions:
8.46x5.57x1.38 in. 1.38 lbs.

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » European Literature
Fiction and Poetry » Anthologies » International

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"Synopsis" by , A magic decade of Italian writing followed the fall of Mussolini's Fascists and the liberation of Rome in 1944. Ignazio Silone, author of one of the great novels of the 1930s, Bread and Wine, returned from exile. Alberto Moravia, who helped define the modern conscience with his novel, The Time of Indifference, left the mountains outside Rome where he had been hiding from the Germans. Rome filled with veterans of the partisan war, of the underground, of the anonymity and silence of the Italian police state. The suffering of the war, the bold hopes which blossomed after Fascism's overthrow, were described in a torrent of films, stories and novels, bringing a kind of climax to one of the great national literatures of the twentieth century. American William Weaver also arrived in Rome in the late 1940s. Open City is an anthology of the writers Weaver admired most, and they all come to life in the pages of his long introductory memoir.
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