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The little virtues
The little virtues
Ginzburg, Natalia2018
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As far as the education of children is concerned, states Natalia Ginzburg in this collection of her finest and best-known short essays, I think they should be taught not the little virtues but the great ones. Not thrift but generosity and an indifference to money; not caution but courage and a contempt for danger; not shrewdness but frankness and a love of truth; not tact but a love of one's neighbor and self-denial; not a desire for success but a desire to be and to know. Whether she writes of the loss of a friend, Cesare Pavese; or what is inexpugnable of World War II; or the Abruzzi, where she and her first husband lived in forced residence under Fascist rule; or the importance of silence in our society; or her vocation as a writer; or even a pair of worn-out shoes, Ginzburg brings to her reflections the wisdom of a survivor and the spare, wry, and poetically resonant style her readers have come to recognize. A glowing light of modern Italian literature. Ginzburg's magic is the utter simplicity of her prose, suddenly illuminated by one word that makes a lightning streak of a plain phrase.
Main title:
The little virtues / Natalia Ginzburg ; translated by Dick Davis ; with an introduction by Rachel Cusk.
Imprint:
London : Daunt Books, 2018.
Collation:
xvii, 171 pages ; 20 cm.
Notes:
Originally published in Italian in 1962 as "Le piccole virtu".First English translation: 1985.Introduction (c)2018 Rachel Cusk.Translated from the Italian.
ISBN:
9781911547143
Dewey class:
854.912
Language:
English
LocationCollectionCall numberStatus/Desc
Brighton LibraryLanguages and Literature854.912 GINOnloan - Due: 01 Oct 2020
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