A Place to Live: And Other Selected Essays of Natalia Ginzburg


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Seven Stories Press
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5.81 X 8.54 X 0.84 inches | 0.7 pounds
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About the Author

NATALIA GINZBURG (1916-91) is recognized as one of the foremost Italian writers of the twentieth century, and one of the most eloquent and incisive commentators on postwar Italy. Her works include novels, stories, essays, plays, and a biography of Alessandro Manzoni.
LYNNE SHARON SCHWARTZ is the author of fourteen works of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, as well as the widely acclaimed memoir, Ruined by Reading. Her first novel, Rough Strife (1981), was shortlisted for a National Book Award and a PEN/Hemingway First Novel Award, and her Leaving Brooklyn (1989) was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in Fiction. She won the 1991 PEN Renato Pogglioli Award for her translation from the Italian of Smoke Over Birkenau, by Liana Millu. Schwartz is a native and current New Yorker.


"Ginzburg draws her readers into her deceptively charming essays with cascades of alluring, everyday detail, then stealthily broaches moral questions of great weight and complexity. Wryly witty, acutely observant, and unfailingly valiant, Ginzburg is a revelation, a spur, and a joy." - Booklist

"There is no one quite like Natalia Ginzburg for telling it like it is. Her unique, immediately recognizable voice is at once clear and shaded, artless and sly, able to speak of the deepest sorrows and smallest pleasures of everyday life. For all those like myself who love Natalia Ginzburg's prose, this generous selection assembled from her essay collections will be irresistible, a must to own, cherish and re-read." - Phillip Lopate

"A glowing light of modern Italian literature ... Ginzburg's magic is the utter simplicity of her prose, suddenly illuminated by one word that makes a lightning stroke of a plain phrase ... As direct and clean as if it were carved in stone, it yet speaks thoughts of the heart." - New York Times

"Natalia Ginzburg comes to us with absolute clarity amid the veils of time and language." - Rachel Cusk, author of the Outline trilogy

"Clear, honest, quietly strong ... Ginzburg compels us to examine the smallest and largest aspects of our lives in a way that is inspiring and exhilarating ... Carefully chosen and beautifully translated by the American writer Lynne Sharon Schwartz." - Sian Williams, Times Literary Supplement

"Clarity, precision and wit mark the work of Natalia Ginzburg." - The New York Times Book Review