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Author / Creator:Pratolini, Vasco
Uniform title:Cronaca familiare. English
Imprint:New York : Italica Press, 1988.
Description:xi, 121 p. ; 22 cm.
Subject:Pratolini, Vasco -- Biography.
Pratolini, Vasco.
Authors, Italian -- 20th century -- Biography
Authors, Italian.
Format: Print Book
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Other authors / contributors:King, Martha, 1928- tr.
ISBN:0934977070 (pbk.) : $9.50
Notes:Translation of: Cronaca familiare.
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Pratolini is generally considered one of Italy's most significant neorealists. A self-taught writer, his most famous fiction portrays the life of the Florentine working-class neighborhood with its varied cast of characters. Although the backdrop is the same, Family Chronicle presents the lesser-known Pratolini to the English-speaking public: an elegiac memorialist whose pages are "the author's conversation with his dead brother," as the writer himself suggests in the preface to this autobiographical novel. The slim volume is a poignant and often lyrical exploration of the past, enriched by the subtleties of Pratolini's psychological observations and the firmness of his narrative control. It is fictional autobiography at its most intimate, yet masterfully "told" through a series of encounters with a brother who was never really known except in death. The events surrounding this difficult rapport between two related strangers are slight but point to universal themes ranging from the myth of childhood to the human confrontation of the mystery of life and the inevitability of death. This posthumous dialogue with a lost brother is also a conversation with the hidden, most emotional parts of one's self. Family Chronicle is a celebrated book in Italy and merits wider readership abroad as well. Martha King's translation is generally accurate and ably captures the rhythms of Pratolini's prose while retaining its simple suggestivity. Recommended for academic, secondary school, and public libraries. -F. A. Bassanese, University of Massachusetts at Boston

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