The Childhood of Nivasio Dolcemare (Eridano's Library, 3)

ISBN-13: 978-0941419055
ISBN-10: 0941419053
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As explained in the foreword by art critic Ashton, Savinio is the pseudonym of Giorgio de Chirico's brother Andreas. Multitalented Savinio was also a musician and painter who created a minor stir in the surrealist circle. This quasi-autobiographical novel, set in Athens, a cultural backwater Savinio perceives with ambivalent feelings, follows the protagonist, Nivasio Dolcemare from his birth through adolescence. He experiences the rites of passage of an upperclass boytutored by a German governess, seduced by a maid in his early teensand finally enlists in the Italian army as a foot soldier in 1915. Many of the anecdotes about eccentric turn-of-the-century aristocrats are amusing, and the frequent surrealistic images of mirrors, hands and mannequins interestingly reflect themes from the de Chiricos' visual art. Savinio, however, presents his material with a maddening discontinuity. The aloof, ironical style Ashton refers to as "paraphrases . . . an ongoing prose poem" may disengage some contemporary readers. More appealing is the quasi-essay included on the development of the Olympic games.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Text: English, Italian (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Eridano's Library, 3 (Book 3)
  • Paperback: 146 pages
  • Publisher: Marsilio Pub (April 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0941419053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0941419055
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 5.2 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,443,246 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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