The Street Kids

Pier Paolo Pasolini (Author) Ann Goldstein (Translator)


The "provocative" novel about hard-living teenagers in poverty-stricken postwar Rome, by the renowned Italian filmmaker (The New York Times).

Set during the post-World War II years in the Rome of the borgate--outlying neighborhoods beset by poverty and deprivation--The Street Kids tells the story of a group of adolescents belonging to the urban underclass. Living hand-to-mouth, Riccetto and his friends eke out an existence doing odd jobs, committing petty crimes, and prostituting themselves. Rooted in the neorealist movement of the 1950s, The Street Kids is a tender, heart-rending tribute to an entire social class in danger of being forgotten.
Heavily censored and criticized, lambasted by much of the general public upon its publication, The Street Kids nevertheless had a force and vitality that eventually led to its being considered a masterpiece. This new translation comes from Ann Goldstein, the acclaimed translator of Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan novels.

Product Details

$18.00  $16.56
Europa Editions
Publish Date
August 30, 2016
5.3 X 0.8 X 8.2 inches | 0.65 pounds
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About the Author

Pier Paolo Pasolini was born in 1922. He was an Italian film director, poet, writer, and intellectual. Throughout his life he exhibited extraordinary cultural versatility and became a highly controversial figure in the process. While his work remains controversial, since his death in 1975, Pasolini has come to be seen as a visionary thinker and a major figure in italian literature and art. American literary critic Harold Bloom considered Pasolini to be a major 20th-century poet and included his works in his collection of the Western Canon.

Ann Goldstein is an editor at The New Yorker. Her translations for Europa Editions include novels by Amara Lakhous, Alessandro Piperno, and Elena Ferrante's bestselling My Brilliant Friend. She lives in New York.


Praise for Pier Paolo Pasolini

"[Pasolini was a] brilliant intellectual, a director, and a homosexual, whose political vision-based on a singular entwinement of Eros, Catholocism, and Marxism-foresaw Italian history after his death, and the burgeoning of global consumerism."
--Ed Vulliamy, The Guardian

"Pasolini is Italy's most important twentieth century poet."
--Alberto Moravia, author of The Conformist and Roman Tales

"Pasolini was an artist and thinker who tried not to resolve his contradictions but rather to fully embody them."
--Dennis Lim, The New York Times

"Pasolini does in prose what Giuseppe Gioachino Belli had done in poetry a century before, namely voice society's dregs in their own distinctive idiom."

"Pasolini was always searching, completely open to different ways of looking at things."
--Jytte Jensen, curator of the Pasolini retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art, New York