The Garden of the Finzi-Contini

Giorgio Bassani

Publisher :Ballantine Books

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The novel opens with a brief prologue set in 1957 in which the narrator, an Italian Jew, describes a visit to the Ferrara cemetery where the Finzi-Contini family mausoleum stands, empty in all but two slots: a young child, Guido, who died of illness before the narrator was born and Alberto, the son of the Finzi-Continis and a friend of the narrator's, who died of lymphogranulomatosis (Hodgkin's disease) before the mass deportation that sent the remainder of the family to a concentration camp in Germany. At this point, the narrator reveals that none of the Finzi-Continis survived. From this beginning, the narrator will make us discover the atmosphere of the time and his dreams of love.

During my holidays


To my parents

fairly easy to read

Classic modern

Less than 10$

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