Conversations in Sicily

Elio Vittorini (Author) Alane Salierno Mason (Translator)
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Description


The novel begins at a time in the narrator's life when nothing seems to matter; whether he is reading newspaper posters blaring of wartime massacres, lying in bed with his wife or girlfriend, or flipping through the pages of a dictionary it is all the same to him--until he embarks on a journey back to Sicily, the home he has not seen in some fifteen years. In traveling through the Sicilian countryside and in variously hilarious and tragic conversations with its people--his indomitable mother in particular--he reconnects with his roots and rediscovers some basic human values.

In the introduction Hemingway wrote for the American debut of Conversations (published as In Sicily by New Directions in 1949) he remarked: "I care very much about Vittorini's ability to bring rain with him when he comes, if the earth is dry and that is what you need." More recently, American critic Donald Heiney wrote that in this one book, Vittorini "like Rabelais and Cervantes...adds a new artistic dimension to the history of literature."

Product Details

Price
$15.95
Publisher
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publish Date
December 17, 2000
Pages
182
Dimensions
5.21 X 0.57 X 7.93 inches | 0.5 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9780811214551
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About the Author

Ernest Hemingway did more to influence the style of English prose than any other writer of his time. Publication of The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms immediately established him as one of the greatest literary lights of the 20th century. His classic novella The Old Man and the Sea won the Pulitzer Prize in 1953. Hemingway was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. He died in 1961.

Reviews

Here the feeling of the country and the character of the mother are quite marvelous.
This reprint retains the introduction by Hemingway that appeared in the 1949 U.S. edition. That's worth the price alone.