Secrets and Puzzles: Silence and the Unsaid in Contemporary Italian Writing

1st Edition

Nicoletta Simborowski

Routledge
Published November 1, 2002
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ISBN 9781900755740 - CAT# Y309426

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Summary

Four major Italian writers raised in the shadow of fascism - Cesare Pavese, Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg and Francesca Sanvitale - are the focus of this examination of the 'unsaid' in modern Italian narrative. Post-war and free of official censorship, these writers nonetheless show signs of constraint and omission in their work. Are the gaps a form of concealment? In this lucid and wide-ranging study, which embraces key areas of modern literary investigation - Holocaust writing, political guilt, autobiography, feminism and film theory - the author addresses the question of self-censorship and traces its course in contemporary Italian writing.

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