Voices in the Evening (Paperback)

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By Natalia Ginzburg, D.M. Low (Translated by), Colm Tóibín (Introduction by)
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From one of Italy’s greatest writers, a stunning novel “filled with shimmering, risky, darting observation” (Colm Tóibín)

After WWII, a small Italian town struggles to emerge from under the thumb of Fascism. With wit, tenderness, and irony, Elsa, the novel’s narrator, weaves a rich tapestry of provincial Italian life: two generations of neighbors and relatives, their gossip and shattered dreams, their heartbreaks and struggles to find happiness. Elsa wants to imagine a future for herself, free from the expectations and burdens of her town’s history, but the weight of the past will always prove unbearable, insistently posing the question: “Why has everything been ruined?”

About the Author

Natalia Ginzburg (1916–1991), “who authored twelve books and two plays; who, because of anti-Semitic laws, sometimes couldn’t publish under her own name; who raised five children and lost her husband to Fascist torture; who was elected to the Italian parliament as an independent in her late sixties—this woman does not take her present conditions as a given. She asks us to fight back against them, to be brave and resolute. She instructs us to ask for better, for ourselves and for our children” (Belle Boggs, The New Yorker).

D. M. Low (1890-1972) was a British translator of Italian literature and biographer of Edward Gibbon.

Colm Toibin is currently the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman professor of the humanities at Columbia University and succeeded Martin Amis as professor of creative writing at the University of Manchester.

Praise For…

The concepts, emotions and characters in her books are complex and unforgettable.
— Laurie Anderson - New York Times

Sharp and lively.
— Lydia Davis

I’m utterly entranced by Ginzburg’s style – her mysterious directness, her salutary ability to lay things bare that never feels contrived or cold, only necessary, honest, clear.
— Maggie Nelson

Ginzburg gives us a new template for the female voice and an idea of what it might sound like.
— Rachel Cusk

Her sentences have great precision and clarity, and I learn a lot when I read her.
— Zadie Smith

Rarely does Ginzburg directly address politics—fascism, in particular—but its shadow hangs over the book just like it hangs over the characters. The result is profound and profoundly moving. As deceptively diffuse as it is meticulously observed, Ginzburg’s novel is a gem.
— Kirkus (starred)

Product Details
ISBN: 9780811231008
ISBN-10: 0811231003
Publisher: New Directions
Publication Date: May 4th, 2021
Pages: 144
Language: English