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The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Author(s): Girogio Bassani

Location(s): Ferrara

Genre(s): Fiction, Historical

Era(s): Late 1930s



This is a haunting, elegiac novel which captures the mood and atmosphere of Italy (and in particular Ferrara) in the last summers of the thirties, focusing on an aristocratic Jewish family moving imperceptibly towards its doom. Vittorio De Sica turned the book into a film in 1970, winning the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1974.

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Giorgio Bassani is one of the great witnesses of this century, and one of its great artists.” -“The Guardian”

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