Natalia Ginzburg : human relationships in a changing world /
Alan Bullock.
New York : Berg : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 1991.
viii, 261 p. : port. ; 22 cm. --
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New York : Berg : Distributed exclusively in the USA and Canada by St. Martin's Press, 1991.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 246-253) and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 1991-11:
A monograph for "Berg Women's Series," Bullock's study of Natalia Ginzburg is a carefully presented, well-documented introduction to her works. Although often read in intermediate and advanced language courses because of the simplicity of her style and although regularly translated into English, Ginzburg has not yet received extensive critical analysis, as Bullock's excellent bibliography demonstrates. This book remedies that void admirably by offering a valid thematic approach to the subject. Bullock's first chapter centers on Ginzburg's personal relationship to her vocation, carefully outlining the vicissitudes of the writer's involvement with her craft, including shifts in her style and subject matter. The following four chapters center on character analysis in her stories, novels, and plays. Three of the four focus on female protagonists in their struggles to endure and find meaning; the last chapter is dedicated to male characters, who are generally of secondary importance. Bullock proceeds in a chronological fashion but, given his thematic organization, rediscusses many of the primary sources from different angles. Elements of Ginzburg's life are integrated when deemed appropriate. All in all, this is a significant introductory study of a well-known contemporary writer.-F. A. Bassanese, University of Massachusetts at Boston
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This book examines the various elements of Natalia Ginzburg's writing, including the development of her humorously pessimistic view of the human condition from the early short stories, through the novels, plays and essays of her middle years, to her most recent work focusing on the older generation.

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