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Arguably one of Italy's greatest contemporary writers, Natalia Ginzburg has been best known in America as a writer's writer, quiet beloved of her fellow wordsmiths. This collection of personal essays chosen by the eminent American writer Lynne Sharon Schwartz from four of Ginzburg's books written over the course of Ginzburg's lifetime was a many-years long project for Schw ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Seven Stories Press (first published 2002)
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Estelle
This wonderful book is a selection of essays from four previously published books of Natalia Ginsburg (1916-1991), translated from the Italian by Lynn Sharon Schwartz.

Ginzburg' writing reminds me of Joan Didion's. She is self-deprecating, describing herself as lazy, or slow, or unintelligent, or always fearful. And yet her essays are well-written with a flowing style. She can write with wit and an eye for detail. Big ideas are laid out with remarkable structure and precision, always getting righ
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Andrew Bertaina
Dec 23, 2016 Andrew Bertaina rated it really liked it
Our feelings for cities, like our feelings for people, are always rather confused, with all sorts of things mixed in. What is clear is that we don't love cities, or love people, for any reasons that can be enumerated.
Armen
Mar 01, 2007 Armen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
she's one of my favorites,one of the best writers of all time. i am always amazed.
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An Anthology of texts. Some of them very interesting to observe the making of a writer or reflections about life, loliness and pain.
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I love Natalia Ginzburg, and I love her essays - but I did not care a lot for the selection here.
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Italian novelist, essayist, translator and playwright, who has written of her unconventional family and its opposition in Turin to Fascist oppression. Ginzburg's novels are a mixture of reminiscence, observation, and invention. Much of her fiction is written in the first person in a plain style, and constructed almost entirely of dialogue.
She published her first novel under the pseudonym Alessand
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