Giorgio Bassani: ll giardino dei Finzi Contini



Icol expresses it nicely even though it refers to trees and buildings something that has had its time has to die but with style Stylish melancholy as a way of ife that is what the Finzi Contini cultivate It s beautiful how Bassaini indicates how attractive that way of To Heaven and Back looking at things is for our young narrator but at the same time how he also understands that he must distance himself from it and start his realife Edited 6719 see Before Your Very Eyes last section45 stars for me noess than for her the memory of things was much important than the possession of them and in comparison with that memory all possession in itself seemed just disappointing delusive flat insufficientThe way I When We Were Animals longed for the present to become the past at once so that I couldove it and gaze fondly at it any timeIt was our vice this Jumpstart the World looking backward as we went aheadtranslated by William WeaverThe inner flap of this edition mentions Marcel Proust but even without that I m sure I would ve thought of him not only with the above passage but with the unnamed narrator sove for the tennis playing Mic Kiss the Girls l at an age whenove euals jealousy a ove without the understanding that the insecurities and accusations that arise from the esser emotion will not endear you to the beloved Though she s seen through the narrator s rear view mirror Mic Visiting Mrs Nabokov and Other Excursions l is no Proustian Albertine For only one thing Mic s family not the narrator s is the one with money but importantly unlike Albertine Mic A Day Away l is not a concept but a character who speaks her mind acts and reacts though perhaps the two differences are not unrelated It is Ferrara though with its city walls and ducal gardens that is the main character a city as insular as Mic s familyWe know from the beginning that this Jewish family Memoir of a Misfit living in Fascist Italy in theate 1930s is doomed They continue to Looking for the Toffees live as they always do ignoring a certain future even making plans to enlarge a tennis court that their non Jewish friends are forbidden to play on Political thought is represented in the character of their Communist friend the forward thinking Malnate but even he cannot escape The familiarity of the novel s tone nagged at me though I can t put my finger on why it felt that way and I m not thinking of Proust now Mostikely that feeling came from other backwards Raising Gods Girl looking novels ofove and The Gulag Handbook loss I ve read that have become an amorphous mass in my so called memory bank but that doesn t mean this one isn t a special oneBecause of eventsisted in the author s biography on the book jacket I assumed this novel was semi autobiographical but it was only today after paging to the front of the book before writing this review that I noticed the dedication To Mic The Beckoning Lady (Albert Campion lI read the first translated into English edition and encountered a couple of disconcerting glaringly obvious misplaced modifiers I trust those were corrected inater editionsRereadIn Within the Walls and The Gold Rimmed Spectacles the works that come before this novel in this edition Bassani s narrator seems to be commenting on community members staying purposely unaware not open to what is about to happen With my second read of The Garden of the Finzi Continis I find Bassani s narrator also not facing up to reality choosing to be in a state of dreaming of the past in Will in the World lieu of facing the present Rereading this review I saw that I marked the same passage different translations during my two reads see the top of the page to compare that to thisShe could sense it very clearly for me noess than for her the past counted far than the present remembering something far than possessing it Compared to memory every possession can only ever seem disappointing banal inadeuateShe understood me so well My anxiety that the present immediately turned into the past so that I could June Fourth Elegies love it and dream about it ateisure was just ike hers was identical It was our vice this to go forward with our heads forever turned backtranslated by Jamie McKendrickI reread the novel in this edition Paradise FoundI remember hearing about this film made of this book back in the 1970s Academy Award for best foreign film and then a recent spate of reviews prompted me to readThe book was mesmerizing although in a very Graham Greene ike speed Told from the un named author he recalls the memories of the Finzi Continis of Ferrara Italy just The Confabulist leading up to the War The book focuses on the young adultives of Mic Der Illusionist l and her brother Alberto and their eccentric Jewish parents In pre war Italy the Race Law had been passed that eroded theives of Jews They couldn t marry outside of their religion Then the youths were stripped of other rights and it all seemed to pose big issues But in the garden the youths whiled away the hours playing tennis talking poetry and Enticing (PI Men to the Rescue literature and basically enjoyingife as the country headed toward war Were they naive Sheltered One can assume that although they attended university they chose not to get involved with the fascist politics of the day This underlying issue and their seemingly obliviousness made the story so compelling At one point the author speaks of a family dinner where almost everyone will soon perish Haunting Self absorbed Maybe the only way they could control their Spring Comes to Sanctuary (Welcome to Sanctuary, lives Toss in aove story and the book fills out an almost painful to read plot as we know what is coming That certainly grabbed meNow to find a copy of that 1970 movie There is no such thing as a happy place All places bring sadness Think even of places with the Ask the Past loudestaughter Riding Class (Saddle Club, like a carnival Late in the night when all the visitors hadeft you Silver Stirrups (Saddle Club, ll see the ferris wheel and the other rides unmoving This one gay place suddenly desolate eery In China there s an abandoned theme park It has become to theocal inhabitants nearby Different Class like a ghost townIn the back cover blurb and in the five page prologue of this novel youl Short Stories by Roald Dahl learn at once that except for the narrator all the principal protagonists here Italian Jews had perished during the second world war after they ve been arrested and transported to Germany But this is not what makes this novel of unreuitedove haunting In fact its story ends just before the outbreak of the war the narrator just mentioning the deaths in a short two page epilogue Like it doesn t really matter if these characters died the way they didBut the places Then ancient tombs of the Etruscans dead four or five thousand years ago their forgotten Goldilocks the Three Bears lives given recognition by a nine year old girl the mausoleum of the Finzi Continis family with itsast dead now unattended and had ost it fight against the relentless siege of the surrounding vegetation the family s big house where once the Finzi Continis family ived the father the mother their beautiful daughter and her brother now eually isolated and forlorn their tennis court scene of untiring matches among the siblings and their young friends now buried by weeds and detritus the house s once glorious garden where the ove central to the story was thought to have had its blossoming now but a dim shadow of its old grandeur Not the memory or the prose but it is the places which carry the sadness of the world. Eleganza di uesto romanzo triste e dolcissimo La prima edizione del romanzo è del 196.

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The short prologue to this book describes a visit by the narrator and his friends to the ancient burial site of the Etruscans at Cerveteri near Rome sometime in the 1950s In the course of the visit a discussion arises between one of the friends and his young daughter about why it might be ess sad to visit a burial ground from Doctor Extraño long ago than to visit a present day one The father claims that it is because we knew andoved the people who are buried in our modern graveyards whereas the amount of time that has passed makes it as if the people buried in ancient sites never really ived at all or as if they were always dead But his young daughter is not convinced For her the Etruscans deserve our sadness just as much as do our recent dead Time does not make them ess worthy of remembrance That prologue seems to underline Giorgio Bassani s intention for his Ferrara novels of which this book is the third In this episode I see a strengthening of his determination to preserve the memory of the community he belonged to while growing up in Ferrara in the 1930s and which has been well dispersed by the time he was writing this book in the Never Tell late 1950s He wants to make sure that Time does not make it as if the community never existed especially since many of its members in contrast to the Etruscans with their well furnished tombs complete with food utensils mosaics chairs and beds never had any tomb at all The Finzi Contini family at the centre of this story seem toive as royally as the Etruscans Their house and gardens are exceptionally Feminism is for Everybody large and imposing and they possess aarge and imposing tomb in the Jewish graveyard in Ferrara Their Deterring Democracy lives and their afterives seem well taken care of In this beautifully written narrative Giorgio Bassani has ensured that this particular family who Comet in Moominland (The Moomins, lived as if already safely buried behind the high walls of their garden are fully deserving of our remembrance I doubt there is a reader who could ever forget them For those who are interested in the parallels I ve been finding between Bassani s Ferrara cycle and Marcel Proust s Recherche du Temps Perduet me say that there are even here than in the second book The Gold Rimmed SpectaclesThe narrator is the same as in that book and he remains unnamed In this episode he recounts his memories of the Finzi Contini family from when he first became aware of them as a young boy in the Hunters Heart late 1920s until heeft Ferrara at the outbreak of the warLike Marcel Proust s unnamed narrator s obsession with the Guermantes family which began with a sighting in the church at Combray when he was a child and which grew and grew with the passing years Bassani s narrator first spots the Finzi Contini family in the Menneskefluene (K2 local synagogue Each year during Passover Rosh HaShannah and Hanukkah he gets another sighting and becomes and interested in this family he rarely sees elsewhere He becomes particularly fascinated with the son and daughter of the house Alberto and Mic who have private Nazi Gold lessons and therefore don t attend theocal school One day when he is a young teenager he has a brief encounter with Mic Mr Majeika and the School Inspector l across the Finzi Contini garden wall just as Proust s narrator does with Gilberte Swann through the garden railings of Tansonville From that day onwards his interest in the Finzi Continis transforms into an interest in Mic alone just as Proust s narrator becomes obsessed with Gilberte during his teenage years to the exclusion of all else Both narrators have to wait a few years before they again encounter the object of their affection and the encounters happen in similar circumstances an invitation to the Selected Poems loved one s home for afternoon tea and conversation in the case of Gilberte for afternoon tea and tennis in the case of Mic Then in both cases another period of separation during which they suffer jealous torment before a ater encounter takes place These parallels may not seem much to other readers but they strike me as significant and I l be on the Doctor Strange, Vol. 2 lookout for as I read on through the final books in the cycle A historical novel set among an Italian Jewish community in theate 1930s this book has yrical descriptive passages and a moving elegiac storyline Very enjoyableLike so many of the books I read ong before joining GR I would have to read this again to write a review that does it justice It is part of a cycle of novels set in Ferrara and all of the others are now available in the same Penguin Modern Classics series Like another of my favourite books Hopeful Monsters by Nicholas Mosley it transcends the series it is part of and can be read as a self contained novel You really can t read about a garden in a book from the Western tradition without thinking of that very first one the Garden of Eden Not when that garden is so much front and centre of a novel that it s in the title And especially not when that garden is a walled off sanctuary from the oppression of Facist Italy There s even an alluring Eve Any evocation of the Garden of Eden is however also an evocation of its conseuence the Fall and the The Train Robbers loss of innocence The Garden of the Finzi Continis is a coming of age story of the narrator soss of innocence and entry into manhood But than that it is also about the No Reason To Die loss of innocence of a generation that never thought that somethingike the Holocaust was even possible The Finzi Continis a family of Italian Jews wall themselves off in their villa with its garden paradise dreaming their sunlit afternoons away But the year is 1939 and we know the Fall is coming the family cannot hide in a world of dream forever The novel begins in the 1960 s with a visit to the Etruscan catacombs A Naked Risk (Shatterproof little girl asks her father why people visiting the catacombs do not find them as gloomy as cemeteries Her father replies that it is because they never knew the Etruscans and don t think of them as ever having been alive Theittle girl then points out that by asking her uestion they cannot help but recall that the Etruscans too once Raking The Ashes loved played and dreamed The novel ends before the Finzi Continis are expelled from their Eden Theyive on in Bassani s novel a moving elegy to these people who too once Ellie (Ellie, loved and played and dreamed that their innocence could never end What Others ThoughtReviewed by The Independent 12 May 2012 An Elegy encapsulated in a garden Recalled through the torn veils of memory this semiautobiographical interlude evokes theife of the Finzi Contini a Jewish and wealthy Ferrarese family during the ominous Dear Office-Politics late 1930sThoseives are revived during a visit to an Etruscan cemetery twenty years Thomas Harriott later Another kind of gardenThe novel opens for us a garden ofost youth where illusions grew in a fertile ground and where the possibilities seemed endless Echoes of the primeval garden of an overgrown paradise or of the Hortus Conclusus of protected virginity welcome us from the beginning since the title of the book acts as a kind of Welcoming BannerThe tale has then the sweet and bitter taste of tragic nostalgia Tragic because we know what is coming the Italy of the black shirts The inevitability of catastrophes in hist. Gli orrori della persecuzione fascista e razzista A Mistletoe Kiss la crudeltà della storia'incantes.

Ory easily seems evitable in posterity But Bassani immerses us in the original development of events and in its necessity we feel the imminence of tragedy It shrouds with dark tones the scented story of youth innocence and Intimate Strangers longing forove And we are not mistaken in our expectations as we come up to the enclosing Mr Majeika and the Lost Spell Book limiting ending wallBut we are to remember and books can beike the centennial trees Witnesses of past ages Set in the northern Italian city of Ferrara against the rise of fascism during Mussolini s reign in power it s The Hidden Jewels late 1930 s and our narratorike Giorgio Bassani himself is a member of Ferrara s Jewish community and this novel chronicles the early stages of the persecution of Italian Jews and Chaplin little did I realise many Jews actually joined the Fascist Party and at first the racialaws don t really seem to bother many of the characters involved As a student our narrator is blacklisted from his ocal tennis club so is invited onto the estate of the wealthy and previously aloof Finzi Contini family which brings back memory s of his younger years where he had some feelings for the daughter Micol so now along with her brother Alberto and some other intelligent friends they share many good times together in the gardens and ater on he gets to know other members of the family and spends time in their house it isn t The Creatures long before his feelings grow for Micol and is clearly much inove with her but there is a sense that Micol and Alberto have So Sweet (Sugar Baby, led such a pamperedife full of affluency that this may explain some of their behaviour at times especially Micol who I do believe was also in ove but somehow struggled to show it Although this sort of reads ike a ove story it s far realistic than it is romantic in terms of how it deals with human emotions also I would definitely class this as a slow burner but this works so well because you really get drawn into the characters and their surroundings so plot makes way for mood and atmosphere during an important moment in their ives where war is Mr. Bridge looming the Finzi Contini estate becomes a safe haven and feels almostike a Akenfield lost Eden in the eyes of those who spend time there As I can only go by the translation done very well by Jamie Mckendrick for this edition Bassani s uality of writing shines throughout and he was clearly one of the great European novelists What impossible people they were he d say What a strange absurd tangle of incurable contradictions they represented socially If The Gold Rimmed Spectacles conflated the tragedy of Dr Fadigati with the announcements of Mussolini s Racial Laws then this book turns the pages back to our unnamed narrator s boyhood and adolescence and parallels his painful firstove with the increasing power of Italy s fascist regime We know from the outset that the Jewish Finzi Continis don t survive the Holocaust and the book positions story telling as an act of memorialisation creating a monumental sepulchre for people whose fate remains unknown who disappeared beneath the sheer incomprehensible numbers of the killed and unburiedIt would be so easy then to sentimentalise this story and it s a marker of Bassani s stature as a novelist that he doesn t do this On one hand the Finzi Continis are enchanting and charming not The Case of the Philosophers Ring by Dr. John H. Watson least Micol the girl with whom the narrator becomes obsessed Their familyinguistics known as Finzi Continish reminded me of the Mitfords who also had an internal Connecting with Horses language that bound them Yet on the other again perhapsike the Mitfords there are darker elements attached to the family they are proud of their wealth arrogant and deliberately isolate themselves from Ferrara with their walled house and gardens and the narrator comments on their aristocratic subterranean persistent anti Semitism It s this nuanced approach to the complexities of personality and politics that make this book so outstandingThe eponymous garden itself becomes a Several Strangers layered place both a goldenost Eden from which the inhabitants are exiled but also a site of separation and division Our narrator first meets Micol when she stands on a Lillian Toos Little Book Of Feng Shui laddereaning over the wall which stands between them and it s years before he manages to actually cross that barrier And even once he does he is forced to put himself outside it again the proximity it creates to his idol who cannot be possessed becomes too overwhelming too claustrophobic too dangerous Inevitably the walls around the Finzi Contini house echo the city walls of Ferrara herself walls create prisons as well as sanctuaries they divide communities even while they might create boundaries that theoretically keep those inside safe they isolate as well as protect The chronology of this book is far The Winter Warrior looser than the previous volumes there s ten years between the narrator s first meeting with Micol and his invitation to a tennis party The book ends just before the outbreak of war but the story is told from the vantage point of 1957 as the narrator recuperates in tender detail hisost youth and a family whose isolationism not only couldn t protect them but might have actively contributed to their fate Is withdrawal from the world an act of arrogant pride and short sighted complicity is a uestions which haunts this book as not even Giampiero Malnate s passionate communism can rouse the family to the realities and directons of fascismCharacters we ve met in the earlier stories play a role once so that the previous books form a kind of reader s memory to parallel the narrator s Dr Fadigati and his tragic fate the staunch and courageous integrity of the socialist Clelia Trotti form a background to this tale Ultimately this feels ike a oss of innocence story which traces the painful gaining of knowledge of the ravages of Toffees night noises love and the worst excesses of humanityet Flawed (The Butcher, loose via fascism Bassani is the chronicle writer ofife in the northern Italian city of Ferrara and in particular the Jewish inhabitants of that city In this case it concerns the period immediately prior to the Second World War just after the promulgating of the racial The Covent Garden Ladies: The inspiration behind ITV show HARLOTS laws of 1938 as a result of which the Jews in Italy came into isolation This is the background for this book The story itself is about an unnamed narrator adolescent who is intrigued by the secludedife of the aristocratic family Finzi Contini and especially by their villa and adjacent garden Up until this point the novel is pretty interesting but then the narrator falls in Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Twins love with the very self conscious daughter of the house Micol but she turns him away Only at the end does he reconcile himself with his fate and finishes his adolescence period The whole story bathes in a kind of dusky atmosphere which reminded me aot of Le Grand Meaulnes by Alain Tournier and also a bit of the Flemish writer Maurice Gilliams Elias and the Nightingale But the story did not completely captivate me especially the Flaunting, Extravagant Queen (French Revolution, love story was rather boring What is worthwhile is the subtle way in which Bassini describes how the Jews in Ferrara and certainly the Finzi Contini consciously close their eyes to the threatening reality around them already on page 137 Imo dell'infanzia ea felicità del sogno sono gli elementi intrecciati con grazia

Giorgio Bassani was born in Bologna into a prosperous Jewish family of Ferrara where he spent his childhood with his mother Dora father Enrico a doctor brother Paolo and sister Jenny In 1934 he completed his studies at his secondary school the liceo classico L Ariosto in Ferrara Music had been his first great passion and he considered a career as a pianist; however literature soon became