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All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays

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Soon, Danilo is taken to prison, and Ippolito and Emanuele enlist Anna’s help to burn the newspapers and books they have been hiding behind the piano. She was alone, she was alone and no one said anything to her, she was alone in her room with her grass-stained, crumpled dress and her violently trembling hands.

The great emotional power of this novel springs from the depth and truth of each one of its characters. Anna no tiene mucha iniciativa ni se destaca por nada en especial; parece que su vida va transcurriendo según la dirección de los vientos.The European Literature Network was created with the mission of championing great writing from Europe in the UK – and doing it together. And yet, at the novel’s close, after the war has ended, Ginzburg is careful to show the difficult task that awaits those who survive.

I read this novel over weeks rather than days, and it really did benefit to read it as slow as possible. These are not people born with special moral qualities, people who find it easy to be brave and honourable. She had made love with [him] and she knew that he did not love her, she knew that he felt rather sad and humiliated after they had made love together, and she would have liked to go back to the times when they used to read Montale's poems and eat chestnuts, and the war was still a cold, distant war, the Germans hadn't won yet. For Ginzburg’s cast draws in characters from across the social spectrum, from factory owners to police sergeants, from ladies’ companions to lowly servants, and from the aristocratic Marchesa to the Italian peasants, the contandini – all with both a collective and a personal experience of the war; Ginzburg, as always, creating a satisfying tension between the general and the specific. Y todo esto contado con una enorme calidad literaria que hace de esta novela una lectura muy grata y profunda.

That said, I think these characters may well be based on real people, so they’re probably relatively close to the truth even if they might seems a little clichéd to us as readers. Ginzburg was born Natalia Levi, the daughter of a Jewish father and Catholic mother, in Sicily in 1916. This is a novel about the rise of fascism and the Second World War as experienced by a bourgeois family and their wealthy friends and neighbours living in a small town in northern Italy.

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