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Confessions of an Italian (Penguin Classics) Paperback – January 27, 2015
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"Unfailingly lively . . . a masterpiece . . Few books, in fact, dramatize as engagingly as Confessions the collective flaws that still dog Italian public life today"
--Tim Parks, New York Review of Books
"A sprawling story of love, valor, and the Risorgimento . . . The first complete version of Nievo’s book in English was published just this year, in a wonderful translation by Frederika Randall."
--Elizabeth Kolbert, The New Yorker (Best Books of 2014)
"Of all the furore that came out of the Risorgimento, only Manzoni and Nievo really matter today"
"The one 19th century Italian novel which has [for an Italian reader] that charm and fascination so abundant in foreign literatures"
-- Italo Calvino
"Perhaps the greatest Italian novel of the nineteenth century"
‘A wonderful blend of wit, political perspicuity and exuberant comic invention, The Confessions of an Italian has been called the great novel of the Risorgimento...Frederika Randall’s admirable new translation now makes it available in all its sprawling, teasing, snook-cocking glory...This is a humane piece of fiction, funny and wise, but it is also a candid, astute account of what it feels like to combine lofty patriotic illusions about a People, with a realistic view of how ignoble and mistaken people generally are.’
--Lucy Hughes-Hallett, Times Literary Supplement
About the Author
IPPOLITO NIEVO was born in 1831 in Padua. He was, Italo Calvino once said, the sole Italian novelist of the nineteenth century in the “daredevil, swashbuckler, rambler” mold so dear to other European literatures.
FREDERIKA RANDALL is a cultural journalist and translator based in Rome.
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