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The voice of the Italian novelist and essayist Natalia Ginzburg comes to us with absolute clarity amid the veils of time and language. Ginzburg gives us a new template for the female voice and an idea of what it might sound like. This voice emerges from her preoccupations and themes, whose specificity and universality she considers with a gravitas and authority that seem both familiar and entirely original.

Rachel Cusk

A magnificently stark book—within the smallness of one poor, muddled, provincial life, Natalia Ginzburg finds enormous pain and loss

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The Road to the City

Fictionby Natalia Ginzburg

Translated from Italian by Gini Alhadeff

With a contribution by Cecily Brown

An almost unbearably intimate novella, The Road to the City concentrates on a young woman barely awake to life, who fumbles through her days: she is fickle yet kind, greedy yet abashed, stupidly ambitious yet loving too—she is a mass of confusion. She’s in a bleak space, lit with the hard clarity of a Pasolini film. Her family is no help: her father is largely absent; her mother is miserable; her sister’s unhappily promiscuous; her brothers are in a separate masculine world. Only her cousin Nini seems to see her. She falls into disgrace and then “marries up,” but without any joy, blind to what was beautiful right before her own eyes. The Road to the City was Ginzburg’s very first work, originally published under a pseudonym. “I think it might be her best book,” her translator Gini Alhadeff remarked: “And apparently she thought so, too, at the end of her life, when assembling a complete anthology of her work for Mondadori.”

Clothbound(published Jul, 04 2023)

ISBN
9780811234757
Price US
17.95
Trim Size
6x9
Page Count
96

Ebook

ISBN
9780811234764

The voice of the Italian novelist and essayist Natalia Ginzburg comes to us with absolute clarity amid the veils of time and language. Ginzburg gives us a new template for the female voice and an idea of what it might sound like. This voice emerges from her preoccupations and themes, whose specificity and universality she considers with a gravitas and authority that seem both familiar and entirely original.

Rachel Cusk

A bleak and smarting read, a remarkable debut

Naomi Huffman, New York Times

Her prose style is deceptively simple and very complex. Its effect on the reader is both calming and thrilling – that’s not so easy to do.

Deborah Levy

I’m utterly entranced by Ginzburg’s style—her mysterious directness, her salutary ability to lay things bare that never feels contrived or cold, only necessary, honest, clear.

Maggie Nelson

The youngest of five, Ginzburg writes like someone used to being interrupted, precisely observing daily life with a sibling’s affectionate revenge. Her work is marked by a kind of atmospheric pressure.

Jessi Jezewska Stevens, 4Columns

Ginzburg’s view of family is so unsentimental, it’s visionary...The Road may be a small story about a small place, but Ginzburg’s clarity lends grandeur to Delia’s plight.

Diane Josefowicz, Necessary Fiction

Ginzburg has an incredible talent for depicting explosive clashes within families, integrating insight and humour into her narrative... this lemon of a book invites one to take a bite, to relish the burn.

Catherine Xinxin Yu, Asymptote Journal

A blister of violence lurks tense beneath the words, the skin of it wearing thin, ready to be popped.

Rhian Sasseen, Lithub