It's Hard to Talk about Yourself Hardcover – May 15 2003
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Ginzburg's marriage to Leone Ginzburg, who met his death at the hands of the Nazis for his anti-Fascists activities, and her work for the Einaudi publishing house placed her squarely in the center of Italian political and cultural life. But whether writing about the Turin of her childhood, the Abruzzi countryside, where her family was interned during World War II, or contemporary Rome, Ginzburg never shied away from the traumas of history-even if she approached them only indirectly, through the mundane details and catastrophes of personal life.
Intensely reserved, Ginzburg said that she "crept toward autobiography stealthily like a wolf." But she did openly discuss her life and her work in an extraordinary series of interviews for Italian radio in 1990. Never before published in English, It's Hard to Talk about Yourself presents a vivid portrait of Ginzburg in her own words on the forces that shaped her remarkable life-politics, publishing, literature, and family. This fluid translation will join Ginzburg's autobiography, Family Sayings, as one of the most important records of her life and, as the editors write in their preface, "the last, unexpected, original book by Natalia Ginzburg."
About the Author
Louise Quirke is a professional translator who has worked for Editore Laterza and the University of Cambridge Press.
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Ginzburg is a modest woman, which matches the simplicity of her literary style and the subjects she has written about: chiefly family life in Italy of her time. Readers acquainted with her novels, such as "All Our Yesterdays" and "The Road to the City" will be eager to learn about how she came about writing them. She avoids any elaborate theories or influences (though Chekhov was her idol), and humbly states that each book was created line by line strictly from inspiration.
For those interested in this great writer, the book is essential reading.
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