ll giardino dei Finzi-Contini

ll giardino dei Finzi-Contini Giorgio Bassani S Acclaimed Novel Of Unrequited Love And The Plight Of The Italian Jews On The Brink Of World War II Has Become A Classic Of Modern Italian Literature Made Into An Academy Award Winning Film In , The Garden Of The Finzi Continis Is A Richly Evocative And Nostalgic Depiction Of Prewar Italy The Narrator, A Young Middle Class Jew In The Italian City Of Ferrara, Has Long Been Fascinated From Afar By The Finzi Continis, A Wealthy And Aristocratic Jewish Family, And Especially By Their Charming Daughter Micol But It Is Not Until That He Is Invited Behind The Walls Of Their Lavish Estate, As Local Jews Begin To Gather There To Avoid The Racial Laws Of The Fascists, And The Garden Of The Finzi Continis Becomes A Sort Of Idyllic Sanctuary In An Increasingly Brutal World Years Later After The War, The Narrator Returns In Memory To His Doomed Relationship With The Lovely Micol, And To The Predicament That Faced All The Ferrarese Jews, In This Unforgettably Wrenching Portrait Of A Community About To Be Destroyed By The World Outside The Garden Walls

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

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  • Hardcover
  • 246 pages
  • ll giardino dei Finzi-Contini
  • Giorgio Bassani
  • English
  • 06 October 2018
  • 9781400044221

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  1. says:

    An Elegy encapsulated in a garden Recalled through the torn veils of memory this semiautobiographical interlude evokes the life of the Finzi Contini, a Jewish and wealthy Ferrarese family, during the ominous late 1930s.Those lives are revived during a visit to an Etruscan cemetery twenty years later Another kind of garden.The novel opens for us a garden of lost 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 Banner.The 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 history 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 longing for love And we are not mistaken in our expectations as we come up to the enclosing, limiting, ending wall.But we are to remember and books can be like the centennial trees Witnesses of past ages.

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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 less sad to visit a burial ground from long ago than to visit a present day one The father claims that it is because we knew and loved 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 lived 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 less 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 30s, and which has been well dispersed by the time he was writing this book in the late 50s 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 to live as royally as the Etruscans Their house and gardens are exceptionally large and imposing, and they possess a large and imposing tomb in the Jewish graveyard in Ferrara Their lives and their after lives seem well taken care of In this beautifully written narrative, Giorgio Bassani has ensured that this particular family, who 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 Perdu, let me say that there are even here than in the second book, The Gold Rimmed Spectacles.The 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 late 1920s until he left Ferrara at the outbreak of the war.Like 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 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 l, who have private lessons and therefore don t attend the local school One day when he is a young teenager, he has a brief encounter with Mic 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 l 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 loved one s home, for afternoon tea and conversation in the case of Gilberte, for afternoon tea and tennis, in the case of Mic l Then, in both cases, another period of separation, during which they suffer jealous torment, before a later encounter takes place These parallels may not seem much to other readers but they strike me as significant, and I ll be on the lookout for as I read on through the final books in the cycle

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    Edited 6 7 19 see last section4.5 stars for me, no less 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, insufficient.The way I longed for the present to become the past at once, so that I could love it and gaze fondly at it any timeIt was our vice, this looking backward as we went ahead translated by William Weaver The 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 s love for the tennis playing Mic l, at an age when love equals jealousy, a love without the understanding that the insecurities and accusations that arise from the lesser emotion will not endear you to the beloved Though she s seen through the narrator s rear view mirror, Mic l is no Proustian Albertine For only one thing, Mic l s family, not the narrator s, is the one with money but importantly, unlike Albertine, Mic 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 l s family.We know from the beginning that this Jewish family living in Fascist Italy in the late 1930s is doomed They continue to 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 Most likely, that feeling came from other backwards looking novels of love and 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 one.Because of events listed 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 l I read the first translated into English edition and encountered a couple of disconcerting, glaringly obvious, misplaced modifiers I trust those were corrected in later editions Reread In 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 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 this She could sense it very clearly for me, no less 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, inadequateShe understood me so well My anxiety that the present immediately turned into the past so that I could love it and dream about it at leisure was just like hers, was identical It was our vice, this to go forward with our heads forever turned back translated by Jamie McKendrick I reread the novel in this edition.

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    A historical novel set among an Italian Jewish community in the late 1930s, this book has lyrical descriptive passages and a moving elegiac storyline Very enjoyable.Like so many of the books I read long 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.

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    Set in the northern Italian city of Ferrara against the rise of fascism during Mussolini s reign in power, it s late 1930 s and our narrator, like 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 little did I realise many Jews actually joined the Fascist Party , and at first the racial laws don t really seem to bother many of the characters involved As a student our narrator is blacklisted from his local 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 later on he gets to know other members of the family and spends time in their house, it isn t long before his feelings grow for Micol and is clearly much in love with her, but there is a sense that Micol and Alberto have led such a pampered life full of affluency that this may explain some of their behaviour at times especially Micol who I do believe was also in love but somehow struggled to show it Although this sort of reads like a love 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 lives where war is looming, the Finzi Contini estate becomes a safe haven and feels almost like a 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 quality of writing shines throughout and he was clearly one of the great European novelists.

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    Alla magna domus tutto nel prologo, magistrale, il significato di questo romanzo, raffinato e struggente, in quella visione maestosa del castello di Santa Severa che si erge nel nulla, e desolato e abbandonato si staglia sulla spiaggia deserta in una soleggiata mattina d inverno, cos come la magna domus, la villa dei Finzi Contini, che si poggia quieta e silenziosa,misteriosa, nell intricato e lussureggiante giardino e in quella discesa nella necropoli di Cerveteri che il narratore fa all inizio insieme ai suoi amici, simbolo del passato prossimo e remoto al tempo stesso, presa in prestito per rievocarne altri, di morti, altri passati sulla terra e ora, che sono stati spazzati via tutti insieme, hanno bisogno di essere rievocati per essere poi lasciati in pace, ricordati perch a essi si voluto bene sono morti vicini, non come gli Etruschi, nelle cui tombe, profanandole, si scende dimenticandosi che si trattato di persone vive sono morti che non dovevano morire cos , spazzati via dalla follia, dalla ferocia, dall offuscamento della ragione La verit che a furia di far collezioni, di cose, di piante, di tutto, si finisce a poco a poco col voler farle anche con le persone Li osservo da dietro un velo, quello della memoria, da dietro una fronda mentre giocano a tennis, anch essi obnubilati dal ricordo struggente come i latt mi collezionati da Mic l, creature opalescenti, mi sembra di vederli ancora muoversi avvolti nel candore della nebbia lattiginosa di certe notti ferraresi, baluginare al sole mentre discorrono di politica, di arte, di discriminazione, muoversi come figurine, statuine vive destinate all oblio, mentre giocano un eterna partita a tennis.Hanno il candore della giovinezza, dalla loro parte il protagonista, io narrante del romanzo innamorato e dolente, furioso Mic l, bella, enigmatica, vanagloriosa Alberto, fragile, etereo e impalpabile e Giampi, solido e concreto e della giovinezza la crudelt , hanno della giovinezza la sconfinata e fiduciosa proiezione nel futuro, la bellezza, la civetteria, i tormenti mentre intorno a loro il mondo dorato che li aveva accolti e protetti si disgrega l a ferisce, la malattia uccide, gli adulti cercano di mistificare l indicibile perpetuando riti, usanze e abitudini, muovendosi nelle case, nei circoli, nelle sinagoghe e per le strade di una Ferrara tanto piccola, quanto piccolo epicentro simbolico del crollo dell alta borghesia ebraica tutto cambia.In questo senso Il giardino molto diverso dai tanti racconti, romanzati e non, sugli effetti delle leggi razziali in Italia e sulla Shoah, lo spaccato descritto da Bassani non mostra nulla delle storie gi acquisite dal nostro immaginario sul ghetto di Roma, o sui campi di prigionia di Fossoli, o su quelli di sterminio, ma si sofferma su una parte di mondo privilegiato, sugli effetti provocati su chi era abituato a essere ammirato, invidiato, emulato, criticato, a essere considerato punto di riferimento per la comunit cittadina, modello a cui tendere Si ferma un attimo prima che affondi, Bassani, cogliendo questo mondo, non ancora del tutto stupefatto o preoccupato, nel pieno delle sue attivit , nel passaggio dalla normalit a tutto ci in cui nessuno poteva credere e che sarebbe poi avvenuto e con questo, come gi fece Isaac B Singer nello splendido La famiglia Moskat, lo cristallizza e gli regala l eternit.Quello che non mi aspettavo, ora che colpevolmente ho colmato questa lacuna solo in parte mitigata da una visione d epoca del film rivisto oggi pomeriggio e da quella, lettura inclusa, de Gli occhiali d oro Il romanzo di Ferrara, che avevo amato moltissimo , era la ricchezza linguistica di Bassani, una prosa cos colta e raffinata, a tratti audace, tale da diventare incarnazione verbale dei Finzi Contini, mimesi del loro essere agli occhi di chi li raccontava, allora, e vicini e irraggiungibili, oggi tutto si svela solo per un attimo, forse, solo nella visita notturna del protagonista al giardino, nel momento in cui, nonostante il buio, come un bagliore improvviso gli si rivela la possibile verit Nella vita, se uno vuole capire, dice al protagonista il padre in dia dialoghi pi commoventi del romanzo, capire sul serio come stanno le cose di questo mondo, deve morire almeno una volta E allora, dato che la legge questa, meglio morire da giovani, quando uno ha ancora tempo davanti a s per tirarsi su e risuscitare Il racconto ispirato alla storia vera di Silvio Magrini, presidente della comunit ebraica di Ferrara dal 1930, e della sua famiglia la moglie Albertina, l anziana suocera, il figlio Uberto Borghesi, benestanti, di spirito patriottico Silvio part volontario nella Grande Guerra abitavano nella villa descritta nel romanzo, col famoso giardino, il campo da tennis e il cane Rimasti nella citt estense dopo la promulgazione delle leggi razziali del 1938, la famiglia Magrini, in seguito all armistizio dell Italia con gli Alleati dell 8 settembre 1943 e l occupazione nazista del Paese, sub il destino persecutorio di tanti altri ebrei italiani Silvio, rimasto a Ferrara, a settembre venne internato all Ospedale Sant Anna e, a novembre, fu catturato dai nazifascisti, trasferito al campo di transito di Fossoli, caricato su un treno per Auschwitz col primo convoglio di italiani e ucciso all arrivo La moglie Albertina, rimasta inizialmente in campagna con la vecchia madre, scopr all inizio del 1944 dell arresto del marito e, angosciata per la sua sorte, torn a Ferrara nel marzo del 1944 fu arrestata da un gruppo di fascisti nella sua casa di via Borgo Leoni e fin anche lei uccisa ad Auschwitz fonte Wikipedia

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    Paradise Found I 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 read.The book was mesmerizing although in a very Graham Greene like speed Told from the un named author, he recalls the memories of the Finzi Continis of Ferrara, Italy just leading up to the War The book focuses on the young adult lives of Mic l and her brother Alberto and their eccentric Jewish parents In pre war Italy the Race Law had been passed that eroded the lives 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 literature and basically enjoying life 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 lives Toss in a love story and the book fills out an almost painful to read plot as we know what is coming That certainly grabbed me.Now to find a copy of that 1970 movie.

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    All Iost, nothing lostEsco da questo libro con una particolare tristezza, in parte determinata dal modo in cui l ho affrontato.Ne ho evitato il prologo, poi, dopo un paio di capitoli, ho deciso di proseguire ascoltando la versione audiolibro Ho portato avanti l ascolto fino quasi a met , irritandomi per lo sfoggio di dettagli ambientali, culinari, geografici, letterari, religiosi di cui infarcito Lo trovavo lento, volutamente lento, quasi si volesse rappresentare il progressivo inesorabile cambiamento avvenuto nella comunit ebraica dopo l introduzione delle leggi razziali Uno scricchiolare sempre pi sordo che i personaggi tentano di ignorare non sapendo come placarlo Come malati divenuti inabili, cercano di tirare avanti con quello che la malattia non ha ancora sottratto loro.Ambientato a Ferrara dagli anni 30 fino allo scoppio della seconda guerra mondiale, il romanzo tramite la narrazione di un giovane ebreo borghese, racconta le vicende di quell epoca con una particolare attenzione nei riguardi della ricca famiglia aristocratica Finzi Contini Arrivato a met libro ho abbandonato l ascolto per tornare alla lettura, iniziando un processo di riconciliazione con il testo che credo sia coinciso con il maggior peso che ha assunto la vicenda privata all interno della contestualizzazione storica Ogni storia una storia d a e lo anche questa Giunto alla fine, ho letto il prologo stato con esso che mi son sentito essere umano in causa, stato con esso che son riuscito finalmente ad apprezzare il modo in cui Bassani aveva inserito i suoi personaggi nel flusso inesorabile del tempo che prima o poi rende tutti noi inabili, almeno che il destino non decida di toglierci di mezzo prima che accada Sono triste ma consapevole di aver letto un libro che si far ricordare Vorrei consigliarvi di evitare la versione audio e il prologo prima di aver letto l epilogo non so se ogni storia sia davvero una storia d a, so per che ogni lettore legge a modo suo.

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    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 consequence the Fall and the loss of innocence The Garden of the Finzi Continis is a coming of age story of the narrator s loss of innocence and entry into manhood But than that, it is also about the loss of innocence of a generation that never thought that something like 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 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 The little girl then points out that by asking her question, they cannot help but recall that the Etruscans too once loved, played, and dreamed The novel ends before the Finzi Continis are expelled from their Eden They live on in Bassani s novel a moving elegy to these people who too once loved, and played, and dreamed that their innocence could never end What Others ThoughtReviewed by The Independent 12 May 2012

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    La mia ansia che il presente diventasse subito passato perch potessi amarlo e vagheggiarlo a mio agio era anche sua, tale e quale Era il nostro vizio, questo d andare avanti con le teste sempre voltate all indietro Il testo di Bassani che oggi leggiamo il risultato di almeno tre rimaneggiamenti che l autore fece rispetto all originaria edizione del 1962 Quello che fondamentalmente cambia la prospettiva di questa storia che si svolge a Ferrara dal racconto in terza persona,e dove il protagonista di un altra citt , si passa alla narrazione condotta da un anonimo giovane ebreo ferrarese Bassani stesso Al centro del racconto c la storia di una famiglia dell alta borghesia ebraica ferrarese, per l appunto i Finzi Contini ed, in particolare, la giovane Mic l.Prologo La voce narrante rievoca un episodio una scampagnata domenicale con un gruppo di amici e la loro figlia che si conclude con la visita alla tombe etrusche nei dintorni di Roma Pap domand ancora Giannina, perch le tombe antiche fanno meno malinconia di quelle pi nuove .La bambina simboleggia la freschezza e l ingenuit ma anche l impegno che devono assumersi le nuove generazioni e con questo escamotage si tende il filo conduttore di tutto il romanzo la memoria di cui occorre prendersi cura e portare rispetto Il racconto stesso della visita alle tombe etrusche stimola il ricordo del cimitero ebraico ferrarese dove si trova la monumentale tomba dei Finzi Contini E cos l incipit la descrive La tomba era grande, massiccia, davvero imponente una specie di tempio tra l antico e l orientale .La morte sempre presente anche se non tutti se ne accorgono o non vogliono farlo.Un romanzo in s estremamente metaforico dove la geografia stessa dell ambiente in cui si dipana la storia parla di un dentro e di fuori rispetto al famigerato giardino dove i limiti sono dati da alte, ma non invalicabili, mura Vita e morte si fronteggiano Da un lato la vitalit e la spensieratezza dei protagonisti prima ragazzini e poi giovani universitari, dall altro il sottofondo del fatale corso della Storia Le leggi razziali sono un fastidio soprattutto quando al gi esclusivo circolo sportivo vengono vietati i campi da tennis agli ebrei Una vera scocciatura a cui Alberto e Mic l i giovani Finzi Contini rimediano offrendo il campo che all interno del loro giardino I cancelli dunque si aprono Come dice Montale nella sua prefazione un giardino in cui si entra solo con lunghi movimenti concentrici. e anche qui troviamo una metafora per cui anche una volta entrati a contatto con questa famiglia non significa n che sia facile n che sia scontato raggiungere il loro cuore view spoiler L ignoto protagonista da qui concentrer la sua attenzione su Mic l assediandola ed abbattendosi per i suoi rifiuti fino all abbandono definitivo hide spoiler

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