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The Heron (Il romanzo di Ferrara #5)

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Bassani describes a land beyond the city and surrounding countryside. It is a land that lives also in the water, so the active population is made up of people who work there or go there on purpose. This special land belongs to men who fish with boats and also with barrels to hunt.

On a cold winter Sunday in 1947, the open horizons of the delta show a landscape in which the
Paperback, Quartet Encounters, 192 pages
Published June 1st 1993 by Quartet Books (first published October 1968)
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Jun 26, 2013 Sandra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italia
Un’esistenza segnata dal tedium vitae e dal vuoto emotivo è quella di Edgardo Limentani, un proprietario terriero ebreo che è uscito dalla seconda guerra mondiale senza più radici né certezze, da solo in una vita consistente ormai esclusivamente in un “monotono su e giù di mangiare e defecare, di bere e orinare, di dormire e vegliare, di andare in giro e stare”. La profonda crisi esistenziale in cui versa si incarna in un airone ferito che Edgardo vede da vicino in una mattinata di caccia, senza ...more
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Sono molto confusa circa questo libro. Mi ha colpito sia in positivo che in negativo, ma forse la sorpresa di vedermi davanti un autore così moderno e disinibito prevale sul resto.. Anche perché la scena dell'airone morente, dell'immedesimazione del protagonista con questo animale e la sua triste fine è qualcosa di davvero incredibile.. Credo il libro meriti già solo per questo!
Il protagonista.. A volte avrei voluto prenderlo e malmenarlo selvaggiamente per il suo spirito di completa rassegnazio
Apr 19, 2008 Marina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, author-male
The pits, I mean to say, or so I think, garbage, and that it identifies with the trash can, by use of over abundance of the words absurd and disgusting (no doubt, I'd say, or have said rather, in attempt, or trying, to seem existential) and commas, you must be able to tell.

Oh, and he decided not to give the reader an ounce of credit. Oh, and too, if you didn't like the above absurdly disgusting run on sentence you probably would not be pleased by The Heron.

The pits.
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Jul 20, 2014 Dale Pobega rated it it was amazing

I was entranced by this short post war novel by Giorgio Bassani. The lure of death and estrangement from reality are the foremost themes. Edgardo Limentani, a middle aged Jewish landowner is still exhausted by the long struggle to survive racial persecution.

From the first line ...

"Not immediately, but climbing with some effort up from the bottomless pit of consciousness." is as if Edgardo struggles to emerge from a death like state - and seems drawn back towards it at several stages.

Robert Wechsler
This novel emphasizes the “agony” in “protagonist.” It’s a day in the life of an Italian Jew who survived the war (the day is in December 1947) and lives in a state of anguish, disgusted with himself and with just about everyone and everything, passive, numb, angry, depressed. There is little pleasure in this novel, even in the style. There is no wisdom. It isn’t even dark. It is existential, pure and simple.

I read to the end of this short novel primarily to see where the author was going with i
Oct 15, 2016 Judy rated it really liked it
A strange little book. It was one of the many, many books I inherited from my father when he passed away many years ago. I remember seeing the spine of the book on his bookshelf when I was much younger but I hadn't picked it up until last week. Since I now have a koi pond and sometimes see a heron fly overhead I thought it was time to read Bassani's novel. It conveys a quiet, peaceful feeling - even at the end when the protagonist has made a decision that was both understandable and puzzling to ...more
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Apr 08, 2013 Sanju Hans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italian
Wehmut und Melancholie endet mit der Finalen Enschluss in einen ausserordentlichen Glücksgefühl.
Treffende Schilderung der Valli der Pomündung. Die nebelverhangene Lagune in der Nachkriegszeit. Die Trostlosigkeit im Postfaschismus aus der Sicht eines jüdischen Adligen, der anders als sein kommunistischer Jagdhelfer nicht am Widerstand teilgenommen hat und nun der nun unvermittelt den ehemaligen Faschisten zum Verbündeten hat.
Aug 01, 2007 D rated it liked it
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i read this only in translation, which rendered the prose terse and created a stark contrast to the upsetting story narrated.
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Bassani was born in Bologna into a prosperous Jewish family of Ferrara, where he spent his childhood with his mother Dora, father Enrico (a doctor), brother Paolo, and sister Jenny. In 1934 he completed his studies at his secondary school, the liceo classico L. Ariosto in Ferrara. Music had been his first great passion and he considered a career as a pianist; however literature soon became the foc ...more
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