The Garden of the Finzi-continis - Giorgio BassaniLondon: Faber & Faber, 1965, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. A little wear to the edges of the dust wrapper with the spine faded. Gently bruised at the head, tail and corners of the binding. A little age-toning to the edges of the text block. The contents complete, clean and tight.
From the cover: “The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, the third of Giorgio Bassani’s books to be translated into English, has already been immensely successful in Italy both with the critics and with the the public. In 1962 it won the Viareggio prize, usually regarded as the most important Italian literary award. Like The Gold-Rimmed Spectacles and A Prospect of Ferrara this novel is set in the Ferrara of the late thirties. The Finzi-Continis are an extremely rich and exclusive Jewish family; so exclusive in fact that as children Alberto and Micol never go outside their enormous garden, the main attraction of which is the tennis court. Later, when as the result of the racial laws all Jews are turned out of Ferrara’s tennis clubs, they withdraw even more from the life of the town, taking with them the narrator and a young left wing intellectual, Giampiero Malnate. Against the background of rising political tension the relationship between the narrator and the three people at the tennis court develops. He fall in love with Micol but it is beyond their power to make plans or carry on anything as normal as a love affair and gradually everything breaks up — it is part of the wider social and political break-up which is taking place all round them. Here, as in all Giorgio Bassani’s writing, private and public loyalties, politics and everyday life are closely and subtly interwoven.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is an extraordinary picture of people strangely placed at a particular moment in history, but it is also an enormous portrait of Italy, of fascism, of people anywhere, of events that anyone can be affected by. It is a remarkable book, wonderfully rich and satisfying.”
Jacket designed by Leonard Rosoman. Size: 8" x 5¼". Green boards with Gilt titling to the Spine.