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All Our Yesterdays

All Our Yesterdays

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Estavam fechadas as portadas no quarto do pai: e lembrou-se de repente de quando ele abria com estrépito de par em par as por My maternal grandmother, on the other hand, heard on the wireless the news about general conscription and went looking for her fiancé, my grandfather, on the crossbar of her cousin’s bike – finally tracking him down to the recruitment office. As the novel draws to a close, Anna is happy to be reunited with Emanuele and Giustino, reflecting on those who died during the war, a time of immense fear, confusion and uncertainty. The second half of the novel is about their life together, and draws directly on Ginzburg’s own memories as during the war she and Leone were sent to live in a village in the Abruzzi.

Ginzburg is particularly adept at highlighting how everyday life appears meaningless and futile in the face of war, especially when external factors feel uncertain and threatening. His position in rented lodgings gives the book the air of a classic boarding-house novel, where lives are tumbled together: in Braun’s case, he meets other German émigrés, who assume he fled Hitler as they (and indeed Pressburger himself) did. Reading this book seventy years after it was written, however, I feel that ‘ nostri’ also includes me – includes my family’s experience of the war. After the death of Anna’s father, near the beginning of the novel, Ippolito befriends Emanuele, one of the boys from the house opposite. The European Literature Network was created with the mission of championing great writing from Europe in the UK – and doing it together.

Hier schetst ze het wel en wee van een onorthodoxe italiaanse familie tijdens het facisme in italië en de daaropvolgende oorlog. Having written an expansive feature covering recent Ginzburg rereleases for The Italian Riveter earlier this year, I expected in this review to be reflecting again on Ginzburg’s unique literary style – her brevity, the tension she creates between specific moments and generalised observations, and how she uses it in this, probably her longest book. The Ginzburgs were sent into internal exile during the war, in the south of Italy, because of Leone’s political activities, but they travelled to Rome in secret to work on an anti-fascist newspaper.

In Part One, Ginzburg focuses her gaze on an ensemble cast – two families living in a smaller town in Northern Italy.His mental equilibrium begins to be overturned: he finds he is the No 1 target for the German authorities, becomes more and more paranoid about informers, distrusts his lover and finally decides to flee to the safety of Argentina. With air raids, constant movement of soldiers and distant bombs going off, the two families prepare their basement for survival mode.



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