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Non tutti i bastardi sono di Vienna

3.53  ·  Rating details ·  468 Ratings  ·  86 Reviews
Orgoglio, patriottismo, odio, amore: passioni pure e antiche si mescolano e si scontrano tra loro, intorbidate più che raffrenate dal senso, anch'esso antico, di reticenza e onore. Villa Spada, dimora signorile di un paesino a pochi chilometri dal Piave, nei giorni compresi tra il 9 novembre 1917 e il 30 ottobre 1918: siamo nell'area geografica e nell'arco temporale della ...more
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Published September 23rd 2010 by Sellerio (first published 2010)
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Angela M

It has an interesting title and beautiful cover but there was just not enough story for me until close to the end . Narrated by Paolo, 17 , an orphan living with his quirky family in northern Italy during WW I, this moved very slowly for me .

Paolo gets involved in the resistance with his family and at times doesn't seem to really understand what is happening around him , but he's educated pretty quickly as German army take over the family villa and then the Austrians. Almost halfway through , n
Nov 23, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italy, src-winter2015
This book took off very slowly. So slowly, in fact, that I was afraid that it would end up in my DNF pile. However, when I had read about 40% it started picking up.

I wanted to read the book because it's author won the Campiello Prize in Italy, and there are great authors among the winners. The title, I have to confess, put me off a bit. It certainly isn't attractive!

It's the story of the Spada family, who live in Northern Italy during World War I. Their home is invaded by the enemy army and they
Blodeuedd Finland
Another book that I could not put down, and thanks to daylight savings time I did have that extra hour so yes I read for hours again.

The book begins in Italy 1917. The aristocratic Spada family's villa will soon be overrun. War is hell, soldiers are animals, and still are. What is wrong with some men?

But the book never got dark. I would not exactly call it light, but it had this feeling of hope. I would credit that to the main person Paolo, he was 17, but he still had hope of a future without wa
wwI novel set in ne italy,the marzemino area centering around the spada family country home (the whole area, all the food, drink, firewood, etc), requisitioned by first the germans,then the austrians. story has numerous tenents, aristocracy vs peasants, church v humanism, empire v nationalism, character v expediency, what history 'teaches' us v what we usually end up doing despite that. told through the eyes of a young man, 16-17, as he navigates his maturing, the resistance, history, art , phil ...more
Oct 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
L'autore, classe 1954, ha vinto con questo suo primo romanzo il Premio Campiello 2011... e la domanda sorge spontanea: “Ma che ha fatto, Andrea Molesini, prima?” Risposta: “Il docente universitario di Letteratura a Padova, il traduttore, il poeta, il saggista e… lo scrittore di narrativa... per ragazzi”. Bene. Anzi, no, peccato: perché, con quest'esordio tardivo nella grande narrativa, Molesini dà l'idea di essersi nascosto, negato... Poi, eccolo scrittore solido, con un'opera prima davvero note ...more
Margaret Sankey
Aug 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
In my search for WWI novels I hadn't already read, I found this new Italian author, and his micro-study of a single occupied village in 1917 Italy, focusing on the ways in which an eccentric aristocratic family copes with the occupation of their lands and the mistreatment of their villagers by the Austrian Army. The central figure is a precocious young boy, whose willingness to be roped into poorly judged espionage activities and whose misreading of situations endangers everyone, makes this both ...more
Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: campiello
Ultimamente l'accoppiata Sellerio-vincitore premio Campiello funziona piuttosto bene: Fontana con "Morte di un uomo felice", Balzano con "L'ultimo arrivato", e allora decido di provarne un altro, ché non c'è due senza tre. E devo dire che anche il terzo ha funzionato: qui c'è chi lo ha definito insipido e incompiuto, a me invece è parso aggraziato, ha un tono e uno stile perfettamente intonati con quello che intende esporre. Perché se si sceglie di raccontare la prima guerra mondiale non dal pun ...more
Jan 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Un romanzo lento, senza colpi di scena, quieto nel suo procedere, che ci riporta ai tempi della Prima Guerra Mondiale, in un paesino veneto nei pressi del Piave, occupato dalle truppe austro-ungariche
Il lettore viene accompagnato dalla giovane voce narrante, Paolo, a conoscere i componenti della sua famiglia, la cui villa è stata requisita dai magnaverze: il nonno Guglielmo, uomo mite, ma acuto; nonna Nancy e zia Maria, personalità forti e decise; Teresa, fidata cuoca e tuttofare, sempre pronta
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Ottima ricostruzione storica

Dopo il crollo del fronte italiano a seguito del disastro di Caporetto (ottobre del '17), l'esercito austro-tedesco occupa Veneto e Friuli fino al Piave, ultimo bastione della resistenza italiana: l'occupazione e la brutalità della guerra, il più grande massacro fino a quel momento mai visto, vengono raccontati con gli occhi di un diciottenne, appartenente alla nobile famiglia degli Spada e la cui villa viene occupata dagli invasori per farne un comando militare.

Jan 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in the Italian countryside during WW1, Molesini's novel has the vibe of a Guiseppe Tornatore movie, and not because he is also Italian. Not All Bastards... is colored by a very strong grandfather/ grandson relationship as well as eccentric and important side characters. The setting more than flavors the story- it gives clearly defined roles for those in the manor and the village, and is both a trap and means of escape during the war.

Not All Bastards are from Vienna charms from the beginning,
Dec 29, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There are some books that puzzle me because they have intricate layers, call on background knowledge I don’t have, or because I’m too dense to pick up what the author is putting down. Then there are books that puzzle me because I think they don’t know what they want to be. Let me explain, using Andrea Molesini’s novel, Not All Bastards are from Vienna, as an example. It’s entirely possible that I didn’t understand the book; it’s an award winner, after all. But I didn’t understand this book becau ...more
Feb 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing
“Ti ho preso bastardo!”. Dice don Lorenzo uno dei personaggi del romanzo a pagina 287 svelando il perché del titolo.
La storia è ispirata ad alcuni fatti realmente accaduti narrati nel Diario dell’invasione di Maria Spada prozia dell’autore, Andrea Molesini, al suo primo romanzo, edito da Sellerio, vincitore del XLIX Premio Campiello.
Tra il 9 novembre 1917 e il 30 ottobre 1918 la famiglia Spada, verso la fine della Prima Guerra Mondiale, dopo la battaglia di Caporetto, diventa prigioniera in casa
The anniversaries of the First World War have been a catalyst for numerous books but Between Enemies is the first I’ve come across that explores the topic of collaboration during the German/Austrian Occupation of Italy. Since its publication in 2010 as Non tutti i bastardi sono di Vienna (which in the original Italian means ‘Not all are bastards in Vienna’) , the novel has won a swag of prestigious literature prizes, including the Premio Campiello, Premio Comiso, Premio Citta de Cuneo and Premio ...more
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is the winner of the Campiello Prize for Literature. Translated from Italian. Molesini is a poet. I loved this book. It is set in the hills north of Venice in 1917 and the Austrian soldiers have taken over the area and are occupying a grand villa, pushing the family into the attic and smaller rooms. It is told from the view of 17 year old Paolo, who lives in the villa with his Grandparents and Aunt. There are spies among them, but who? It is a tale of war, but also of the classes. The ...more
Blaine DeSantis
Apr 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Maybe because it is that I am Italian, maybe it is because I have become WW1 History buff, maybe it is because the wars in the Alps is so rarely discussed or written about, but these are just some of the reasons that I loved this book. Some folks thought it was boring or could not figure it out. Not sure if they were reading the same book! Pretty easy to see from the beginning this was a book about the Resistance and the life that invaded Northeastern Italy in WW1. A fine book, with interesting ...more
Feb 06, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set in a small village in Northern Italy towards the end of WWI, the Spada family’s villa is requisitioned by enemy troops and they experience first-hand the violence and injustices that come in the wake of war as well as the increasing complexity of adjusting to life under occupation. It’s a powerful story of heroism and betrayal, love and hate, patriotism and resistance. At its heart it’s also a coming-of-age story as the young boy of the family, Paolo, has to deal with growing up in a hostile ...more
Sep 27, 2012 rated it liked it
Neanche male, eppure non mi è piaciuto granché.

Ci sono tutti i cliché dei film di Tinto Brass: il giovane ai tempi della guerra, l'educazione sentimentale, l'ambientazione veneta. I personaggi sono "peculiari": la gran donna sferzante e volitiva, il nobiluomo stravagante e irresponsabile, la nobil zia zitella, bella ma altèra da mettere gli uomini in fuga, la serva scorbutica ma fedele.

Sarà questo: troppi cliché e tutti terribilmente triti. Ne hanno fatto film e fiction televisive di quel materi
Mar 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Great book that takes place in occupied Italy towards the end of World War I. There's a littly bit of action, but not a lot. In fact, some of the most action-packed scenes are left out and only touched upon by the 17 year-old narrator, Paulo. Paulo's observations of the interactions between his artistocratic family, their servants, the occupying armies (first the Geramans, then the Austrians), and the rest of the community and his conversations, particularly with his grandfather and the "steward ...more
Amarilli Settantatre
Oct 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
La verità è che tutti i soldati meritano un monument0, una canzone funebre. Ci dovrebbe essere un giorno dedicato alla memoria di ciascuno di loro, solo perchè sono stati soldati, perchè erano lì a fare quello che si chiedeva loro di fare. Ma i giorni sono pochi, troppi i morti.

Forse nel buio ci sentiamo tutti una cosa sola con il fiume, il bosco, le bestie.

3,5 - L'autore scrive bene, benissimo, e -purtroppo - lo sa. Si ha l'impressione che a ogni riga si prenda una pausa per dirci: visto quant
Margaret Hoff
2.5 - The premise of this book; WWI in an Italian village was promising. And it won awards in Italy. But it turns out I held the characters at arm’s length the entire time. I didn’t care enough about them to really figure out that Renato and Major Manca were the same person until the very end. And who the heck is the Third Paramour??

The villa of this family was taken over by enemy forces and I really wanted to care about their circumstances and the dire outcome of some of the main characters. Th
Jun 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The theme of the book is interesting. We are in northern Italy in 1917 where the house of the local wealthy family is occupied by the Austrian then German armies. We watch the quirky grandparents and their servants and how they cope with the intruders who, by the way are a lot more civilised than the next generation of German occupiers. It is definitely well written and well translated. The feeling of nostalgia about the changing world is well rendered. But overall it is extremely slow and I oft ...more
Claudio Santoro
Sep 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mi è piaciuto parecchio, della Grande Guerra non si parla tanto, di quelle terre sul Piave si sa poco, al massimo si va a visitare un sacrario, ma bisogna sapere cos'è la guerra anche per i civili calati nell'inciviltà di un conflitto. Mi è piaciuto anche calarmi nella cultura veneta di quel tempo, un salto nel passato della terra nella quale vivo
Mary Greiner
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting study of how WW I impacts an Italian family and village. The Book begins a bit slowly, yet I encourage everyone to keep reading until you find the use of the sentence that is the title, "Not All Bastards Are From Vienna." There is humor, pathos, passion, and tradition to be found in this story.
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I picked up this book because it was about WWI and also had the setting of Northeastern Italy. It was a bit slow at parts but I feel really did capture the complexities of the war and occupation by enemy soldiers.
Grace Hoffmann
It was sometimes hard to follow and there were a few characters I wasn't sure if they were the same. The story builds nicely and the 2nd half is better than the first. I guess I wonder a bit about the translation. I wanted to read a bit about WWI, but didn't love this one.
Aug 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Emozionante. Forse la morte di Paolo lo avrebbe reso ancora più bello
Nancy Cook  Lauer
Jan 05, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The brutal matter-of-fact, yet somehow lyrical, writing style is what makes this book. It's a coming-of-age story of an orphaned teen who lives with relatives in a villa near Vienna commandeered by enemy forces during World War I.
Dec 08, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The unusual setting of this novel is its most appealing feature. The focus is the small Northern Italian village of Refrontolo at the end of WWI (1917). This front never carried the notoriety of places like Gallipoli or Ypres and most non-Italians are probably unaware that Italy joined the Allies late in the Great War fighting the Germans and Austrians in this region just north of Venice. The story is loosely based on the diaries of Maria Spada, fictionalizing the impact that the war had on the ...more
Agosto2010 in trasloco su GR
Aug 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Triste, come tutte le guerre. In certi punti un pò troppo scontato e, a mio avviso, un pò maschilista
Oct 18, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Italian Spirit

This Italian award winning novel begins in 1917 as the Austrian army takes over the Villa Spada in Refrontolo, Italy, home to an aristocratic family—two grandparents; aunt Maria; 17-year-old orphaned grandson Paolo—and their servants. The story is told through the eyes of Paolo, whose journey to manhood, including his involvement in the resistance movement and his initiation into love , carry the narrative. The atrocities of war are juxtaposed with the humor of the characters, espe
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