Natalia Ginzburg


Born
in Palermo, Italy
July 14, 1916

Died
October 07, 1991

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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. Her novel Lessico famigliare (Family sayings) won the Strega Prize in 1963. 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 Alessandra Torninparte. Her novel Lessico famigliare (Family sayings) won the Strega Prize in 1963
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Lessico famigliare

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3.92 avg rating — 5,826 ratings — published 1963 — 76 editions
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The Little Virtues

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چنين گذشت بر من

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Caro Michele

3.89 avg rating — 1,212 ratings — published 1973 — 34 editions
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Voices in the Evening

3.71 avg rating — 974 ratings — published 1961 — 29 editions
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All Our Yesterdays

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3.90 avg rating — 607 ratings — published 1952 — 37 editions
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The City and the House

3.97 avg rating — 503 ratings — published 1984 — 30 editions
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La strada che va in città

3.66 avg rating — 370 ratings — published 1942 — 25 editions
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A propósito de las mujeres

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La famiglia Manzoni

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“Every day silence harvests its victims. Silence is a mortal illness.”
Natalia Ginzburg

“Noi siamo cinque fratelli. Abitiamo in città diverse, alcuni di noi stanno all'estero: e non ci scriviamo spesso. Quando c'incontriamo, possiamo essere, l'uno con l'altro, indifferenti o distratti. Ma basta, fra noi, una parola. Basta una parola, una frase: una di quelle frasi antiche, sentite e ripetute infinite volte, nel tempo della nostra infanzia. [...] Quelle frasi sono il nostro latino, il vocabolario dei nostri giorni andati, sono come i geroglifici egiziani o degli assiro-babilonesi, la testimonianza d'un nucleo vitale che ha cessato di esistere, ma che sopravvive nei suoi testi, salvati dalla furia delle acque, dalla corrosione del tempo. Quelle frasi sono il fondamento della nostra unità familiare, che sussisterà finché saremo al mondo, ricreandosi e risuscitando nei punti più diversi della terra.”
Natalia Ginzburg, Lessico famigliare

“We become adolescents when the words that adults exchange with one another become intelligible to us.”
Natalia Ginzburg

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