Un año pésimo
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Un año pésimo

3.98 of 5 stars 3.98  ·  rating details  ·  1,225 ratings  ·  50 reviews
1933 was a Bad Year is one of a number of short, powerful novels that John Fante wrote in the 1930s and 1940s, chronicling young, aspiring men trapped in dire economic circumstances. Dominic Molise, a 17-year-old from a poverty-stricken Italian-American family residing in the shadows of the Rocky Mountains, dreams of becoming a major-league baseball player and, in the proc...more
139 pages
Published September 28th 2007 (first published 1985)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Un año pésimo, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Un año pésimo

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 1,953)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Fewlas
Fante ritorna alla sua adolescenza in Colorado per raccontare la storia di Dominic Molise e del suo Braccio, unica promessa di un futuro migliore. I guizzi muscolari del suo mancino sembrano scandire insieme al suo padrone le sillabe di una parola sempre presente all’orizzonte di Bandini-Molise: FA-MA.. FA-MA. Un Braccio che potrebbe assicurargli un futuro come lanciatore nei Cubs e che si merita quindi tutte le attenzioni possibili.

Un romanzo incompiuto, nel senso che Fante avrebbe voluto aggiu...more
Ginny_1807
Pubblicato postumo, il romanzo rivisita alcuni dei temi già cari a Fante: la famiglia italo-americana che vagheggia il ritorno ai luoghi di origine, il padre scapestrato e gaudente oggetto di amore e disapprovazione, la madre pia e dedita unicamente alla casa e ai figli, le speranze, le frustrazioni giovanili e, soprattutto, i sogni che premono, incalzano, perennemente strozzati dalla povertà che non consente il minimo progresso.
Ciò che differenzia radicalmente questa opera dalle precedenti del...more
RandomAnthony
This book is so close a re-write of Wait Until Spring, Bandini and Brotherhood of the Grape that I'm not sure why it exists other than Fante wanting to add the baseball/romance elements in different ways. That's okay. Also, this book is described in some places as "unfinished" because of a posthumous publication. I'm not sure if Mr. Fante would have revised or broadened the novel had he lived. Still, I don't mean to sound critical. 1933 Was a Bad Year is solid, and Fante writes so beautifully ab...more
Brenda
1933. Dominic Molise tiene 17 años. Es hijo de un albañil que tiene meses sin trabajo; es hijo de un albañil que desea, exige, que Dominic también sea albañil. Pero Dominic Molise tiene 17 años, está a punto de terminar el bachillerato y quiere, obviamente, naturalmente, hacer otra cosa. Quiere ser beisbolista. Es pobre, de ascendencia italiana, tiene sueños de grandeza. Le habla, por ejemplo, a su brazo izquierdo. Sueña, por ejemplo, con una placa: "Una placa, si lo preferís, una placa de bronc...more
Núria
A cada libro nuevo de John Fante que leo, más me doy cuenta de que es un escritor magnífico. No importa que siempre cuente una variación de la misma historia, porque siempre es divertido, fresco y sorprendente. Y no hay nadie que sea tan capaz como él de hacernos creer que escribir bien es algo totalmente natural. Y no hay nadie que sea tan capaz como él de hacernos creer que escribir de forma natural es lo más natural del mundo. El protagonista de 'Un año pésimo' es Dominic Molise, un chico de...more
Callie S.
Forte braccio e super-Fante

Tutte le volte in cui leggo Fante mi pongo la stessa, ridicola domanda: perché, se ti piace così tanto, tra un libro e l’altro fai passare anni?
Me lo sono chiesto, nemmeno a dirlo, anche questa volta, e credo di aver trovato una risposta, se non plausibile, almeno soddisfacente: perché la bellezza va centellinata.
1933 è una storia dalla semplicità esemplare, ma raccontata così bene da diventare, ai miei occhi, il paradigma di uno stile perfetto.
Fante imbandisce l’epica...more
Hamish
This wasn't published until after Fante died, but I think it was written before Wait Until Spring, Bandini, which is constructed of a lot of the same raw materials. 1933 is a little more elemental than that and perhaps not quite as satisfying, but it still has all the qualities I love about Fante. His style is simple and straight-forward, but he can do so much with so little. He writes from the gut and that's where his work hits you. It's funny and painful because it's so human and universal, no...more
Octavio Villalpando
Jul 18, 2013 Octavio Villalpando rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Octavio by: Edith Wasco
Intenso, directo y muy brutal es el mejor modo de definir "Un año pésimo", y como libro, vale la pena aclarar que no es para nada pésimo, si no todo lo contrario.

A mi la verdad me sumió un poco en la depresión leerlo, nunca me ha resultado sencillo mantener mi empatía de lado ante determinadas situaciones, sobre todo aquellas que me recuerdan la etapa en la que yo mismo estuve a un paso del abismo.
David
Like BROTHERHOOD OF THE GRAPE Fante deals with desire, aspiration and the working class trap of the Molise family. The template for BROTHERHOOD he sketches a complicated teen who's stuck in his economic restraints and battling against the restrictions to his goals. Never has a book been so bitterly sweet in it's successes.
Jeffreyh.hammond
il sogno americano di un diciassettenne, Dominic Molise, di origini abruzzesi, che si scontra pesantemente con la povera realtà della sua famiglia e con il bollore dei suoi ormoni che non riescono a tenersi a freno di fronte a Dorothy, la sorella del suo migliore amico (quando ha inizato a recitare le litanie di fronte alla ragazza m'è venuto un sorriso, ricordando quando fossi anche io imbranato, seppur senza moti religiosi). il sogno è il baseball, e il suo braccio sinistro è il mezzo mediante...more
Oscar
Este es el quinto libro de los ocho publicado por John Fante que leo, y me he dado cuenta de que forman parte de un mismo todo. Por un lado tenemos la tetralogía de Arturo Bandini, en la que Fante nos cuenta su vocación de escritor, y por otro lado tenemos a la familia Molise, que Fante utiliza para contarnos los poblemas, sinsabores y alegrías de la familia. No es que sean libros autobiográficos, sino que utiliza diversos alter egos para contarnos aquello que le interesa y que se parece mucho a...more
Manheim Wagner
Fante has to be one of the most succinct writers of all time. He does what few writers can do. In 113 pages, he paints a vivid picture of all the hopes and despairs of a teenage, Dom Molise. All the dialog about "the arm" had me laughing. 1993 Was a Bad Year is every bit as good as Full of Life and Brotherhood of the Grape.
Xon
This book takes place in Boulder, CO which makes it good no matter what. I believe Dominic Molise, the protagonist, says he lives on 9th and Arapahoe. Dominic also tries to hook up with an older psych major who attends CU. Nice!

Fante went to Catholic school in Boulder and briefly attended CU. The themes of some of his book includes Catholicism, italian-american life, poverty, and baseball. "Ask The Dust" is my favorite so far but "1933" is worth the read.

On a side note, people who attend CU are...more
Harald
Feb 02, 2014 Harald rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of American realism
Short novel, only 102 pages, about growing up as an ambitious but poor son of an Italian immigrant.
Zeo
okudugum en iyi kitap degildi ama en etkilendigim kitapti.
Terri
Il nostro John Fante colpisce ancora con un'altra storia. Siamo sempre nello standarda di Fante, famiglia italiana che vive nell'America dalle mille opportunità.
Incorntriamo il ostro protagonista, un ragazzsatto gagio con un sinistro invidiabile che gli permetterà si essre, così lui sogna, un grandissimo lanciatore di baseball.
Viviamo piccoli e randi drammi assorbendoli direttamente dai suoi occhi.
Viviamo l'amore, la voglia di riscatto, la sconfitta, la vincita attraverso i suoi occhi di sognato...more
Francisco Oteiza
La traducción de Anagrama bastante pedorra.
Adriana Fogaça
1933: Foi Um Ano Ruim.
John Fante.

Cada um vê o mundo da forma que lhe agrada, ou da perspectiva que lhe é permitido, ou pela escasso conhecimento que se tem.

Entendo que este livro seja o retrato de uma geração que tinha passado pela pior crise econômica da história dos Estados Unidos. Apesar disto, não vejo o livro com o pessimismo que a maioria o vê.

Penso que o pai faz algo para mudar o ciclo de acontecimentos, ele quebra a corrente. Agora cabe a Dom construir um futuro diferente.

ADORO!!!

RECOMEN...more
Stewart
As the opening to Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina makes clear, unhappy families are unhappy in their own way, and in dealing only with its own families it leaves a wealth of stories about unhappy families to be told. 1933 Was A Bad Year (1985), a posthumously published novel by John Fante, concerns one such unhappy family: the Molises, a three generation family with its roots in Italy and branches in the United States.

Read my full review here.
Kye Alfred Hillig
Fante wonderfully captures the grim realities of the depression in this novel. He shows what kind of effect growing up with nothing can have on your perception of acclomplishing your dreams. You follow this young baseball player as he attempts to escape the trappings of the life of his father, a bricklayer. Reading this gave me the feeling of wanting to make sure that I never lose my focus on what is truly important. Fante deserves a standing ovation for this one.
Laura
I got this as a gift in a bookswap having filled out a questionnaire re: my reading likes and dislikes. This was a great choice for me: something I wouldn't necessarily have picked up myself, but I surprised myself by loving it. I found it alternatively hilarious and heartbreaking as I went from page to page, and then scene where he declares his love for Dorothy-oh God, I laughed and laughed. Brilliant, sharp writing.
Kitty-Wu
Me ha gustado mucho éste mi primer Fante: me gusta el personaje de Dom y su Brazo, me encanta la abuela, me gusta como escribe Fante, me gusta el humor que destila, la historia de una familia italo-americana en el año de la Depresión está bien, los sueños y deseos contra la realidad más cruda, todo muy interesante y muy bien explicado, pero se me ha hecho cortísimo, como si lo hubiera acabado precipitadamente...
Graham
Jul 14, 2008 Graham rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Bukowski and Sherwood Anderson might really get into Fante
Fante is the real deal. The parallels and differences between his Dom Molise and Arturo Bandini foils are interesting. Fante is raw in a very lyrical style, which is why I imagine Charles Bukowski loved him and basically brought him out of obscurity and republished through Black Sparrow Press. I've read most of Fante's books several times, loved them all (except for "West of Rome" - mediocre).

Brian
This is not his best book, but it is probably the best one to start with for a new John Fante reader. It's funny, fast-paced, and it still has something to say about life and relationships--whether they be familiar, friendly, or romantic. You might like this more if you're a baseball fan, but it's not necessary.
Nick
Another good pick from the work book club. I like Mr. Fante's writing style, but this story - it seems like he wanted to tell a much bigger story than what was told here. Overall found this book easy to read with an engaging story of how a young boy's dreams get him into a lot of trouble.
Marco Damian
Lo peor que he leído de mi amado Fante. Sin embargo es un gran libro. Con esos guiños contra la religión católica, contra el capitalismo rampante, contra la pubertad. Acá van a encontrar lo msimo que en toda su obra: una honestidad sin igual sobre lo que no deberíamos de ser.

Cuiden "El Brazo".
Mayra
I was thinking as I read that this book might have been a little overrated. The writing is excellent, to be sure, but I didn't see what made it so special... until the last three pages. It knocked the breath out of me. What a beautiful, touching, heart-wrenching novella.
Lucas
I've been reading Fante like mad lately. I read this last summer. It is set in Boulder, CO and is part of the Road to California series. Published posthumously, perhaps because it is not quite at the same level as the others.
Lis
Its a very short book that can easily be read in a day. A good short story. Felt like something you'd read in a magazine. I won't tell you what it's about because I didn't know when I read it and it worked out just fine.
Catherine O'Sullivan
Surprising myself, I loved this. I've never been a fan of the writers Fante usually gets lumped in with, but the lyricism and sadness of this completely won me over.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 65 66 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • Dangling in the Tournefortia
  • Chump Change
  • Up Above the World
25864
Fante's early years were spent in relative poverty. The son of an Italian born father, Nicola Fante, and an Italian-American mother, Mary Capolungo, Fante was educated in various Catholic schools in Boulder, Colorado and briefly attended the University of Colorado.

In 1929, he dropped out of college and moved to Southern California to concentrate on his writing. He lived and worked in Wilmington, L...more
More about John Fante...
Ask the Dust Wait Until Spring, Bandini The Road to Los Angeles Dreams from Bunker Hill (The Saga of Arthur Bandini, #4) The Brotherhood of the Grape

Share This Book

“Oh, God, help me! And I walked faster, my thoughts pursuing me, and I began to run, my frozen shoes squealing like mice, but running didn't help, the thoughts to the left and right and behind me. But as I ran, The Arm, that good left arm, took hold of the situation and spoke soothingly: ease up, Kid, it's loneliness, you're all alone in the world; your father, your mother, your faith, they can't help you, nobody helps anybody, you only help yourself, and that's why I'm here, because we are inseperable, and we'll take care of everything.” 23 likes
“It was a bad one, the Winter of 1933. Wading home that night through flames of snow, my toes burning, my ears on fire, the snow swirling around me like a flock of angry nuns, I stopped dead in my tracks. The time had come to take stock. Fair weather or foul, certain forces in the world were at work trying to destroy me.” 9 likes
More quotes…