Focuses on the family of Dow Sebastiano Sanna, the leading citizen of Nuoro, Sardinia, to examine how the approach of modernity mirrors the lives and deaths of the people of the town in the first decades of the twentieth-century
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Text: English, Italian (translation)From Library Journal:
Here are two distinctive novels from Italy written by authors of an earlier generation. Set in Satta's birthplace, Nuoro, Sardinia, at the turn of the century, The Day of Judgment portrays the family of Don Sebastiano Sanna, a notary and leading citizen of Nuoro. Satta, who is known for having rewritten the Italian penal code after World War II, was clearly exercising both his memory and his imagination in this richly evocative work: "I too," he tells us in his Epilogue, "was once a little boy, and I am beset by the memory of when I watched the whirl of the snowflakes with my nose pressed against the windowpane . . . . To know ourselves we have to live our own lives to the bitter end . . . . And even then we need someone to gather us up, to revive us, to speak about us both to ourselves and to others, as in a last judgment." While Satta's novel, which was first published, posthumously, in Italy in 1979, is reminiscent of Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks, Savinio's Speaking to Clio (published in 1941 and the first of Savinio's works to appear in English) may remind one of the fiction of Borges, the poetry of Apollinaire, the painting of de ChiricoSavinio's brother. In this distinctly philosophical and surrealistically episodic novel, which Savinio called "a garden for the clarity, lightness, and amenity that I acquired in my mature years," the narrator follows Charun ("he who escorts souls from this life to the other") into the past, into history, memory, dream, vision. Both these well-translated novels deserve a place in general fiction collections. Marcia G. Fuchs, Guilford Free Lib., Ct.
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Descrizione libro Collins Harvill, London, 1987. Hardcover. Condizione libro: Near Fine. Condizione sovraccoperta: Near Fine. First UK Edition. First impression of the first UK edition. Translated from the Italian by Patrick Creagh. ***Near fine in black boards with gilt titles to spine. No inscriptions. Very light slightly foxing to top edge of text-block. No foxing to interior pages. Pages bright and clean. Spine tight. ***In a near fine colour illustrated dustwrapper. Edges of dustwrapper slightly rubbed and creased. Front and rear panels and spine of dustwrapper bright. ***236mm x 162mm. 299 pages plus one page historical note to rear. ***'Salvatore Satta (1902-1975), an eminent Italian jurist, produced this idiosyncratic work of imagination in the last years of his life. It is an old man's musings on the place of his childhood at the turn of the century, Nuoro, a town in Sardinia which 'has no reason to exist'. It is easy to believe that his descriptions of Nuoro and its inhabitants could have been written down to lay the unquiet ghosts in his one mind.' (Quote from inside front of dustwrapper blurb). ***'Salvatore Satta was known during his lifetime as the man who rewrote the Italian Penal Code after the Second World War to rid it of its fascist aspects. Among his papers found after his death was the manuscript of The Day of Judgment, with evidence showing that he had been working on it for more than thirty years. Its success in Italy has been similar to that of Lampedusa's The Leopard.' (Quote from inside rear of dustwrapper blurb). ***Uncommon. ***For all our books, postage is charged at cost, allowing for packaging: any shipping rates indicated on ABE are an average only: we will reduce the P & P charge where appropriate - please contact us for postal rates for heavier books and sets etc. Codice libro della libreria 3188