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Voices in the Evening (with an introduction by Colm Toibin)
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Daunt Books
Publication date February 21, 2019
Pages 184
Binding Paperback
ISBN-13 9781911547310
ISBN-10 1911547313
Dimensions 0.51 by 7.76 by 5.51 in.
Weight 0.30 lbs.
Original list price $0.00
Summaries and Reviews description: Product Description:

'An ingeniously created novel... Bathed in irony and ambiguity and filled with shimmering, risky, darting observation.' Colm Toibin, from the introduction

In a hushed Italian town after the Second World War, Elsa lives with her parents in the house where she was born. Twenty-seven and unmarried, she is of constant concern to her mother, whose status anxiety manifests itself in acute hypochondria. But her mother does not know that Elsa has fallen in love with Tommasino, the elusive youngest son of the De Francisci family. The De Franciscis own the cloth factory that dominates the town and Elsa knows the details of their lives as intimately as her own.

In the course of their secret meetings, Elsa begins to imagine a future with Tommasino, free from the constraints of shared history and expectation. But all of this is threatened when their relationship is revealed.

An elegant, spare novel reminiscent of Chekhov, Voices in the Evening is an unforgettable story about first love and lost chances, from one of the greatest Italian writers of the twentieth century.

'A profound commentary on Italian life.' Tim Parks, London Review of Books

'Sharp and lively.' Lydia Davis

'Ginzburg's beautiful words have such solidity and simplicity. I read her with joy and amazement.' Tessa Hadley

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