The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 1 Mar 2012
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Singular . . . The town of Ferrara and its inhabitants are realized with an extraordinary clarity (Guardian)
Powerful new translations . . . Bassani began as a poet, and McKendrick's redelivery of this taut uncompromising fiction reveals resonance and generosity (Ali Smith)
About the Author
Giorgio Bassani was born in 1916. From 1938 onwards he became involved in various anti-fascist activities for which he was imprisoned in 1943. His works include The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles, The Heron, Behind the Door and Five Stories of Ferrara, which won the Strega Prize. The Garden of the Finzi-Continis was awarded the Viareggio Prize in 1962 and was made into a feature film.
Jamie McKendrick is an award-winning poet and translator. His translation of Bassani's The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is already available, and he is currently translating the rest of the Ferrara Cycle anew for Penguin Modern Classics.
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Fadigati is overwhelmed by shame whereas the narrator is determined not to follow in the footsteps of his parents as they pretend that fascism is not about to overwhelm their lives.
The story is sparsely written as it deftly, but not unemotionally, dissects Ferrara life and mores and builds a picture of a complacent society about to be shaken to its roots.
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The way the book is written with the characters forming relationships that are difficult within scenes of various intense change made me read on.Published 2 months ago by Gregory Peters
This was an interesting, short read and would be a good literature study. I enjoyed reading this book. I liked the parallels running between the characters.Published on 21 Mar. 2014 by Lou