Voices in the Evening by Natalia Ginzburg, translated by D.M, Low
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is one of those novels where you have to get into the routine of
it, to read between the lines, to really understand everything going on.
It takes place in a small Italian town after World War II, with
everyone dealing with losing family members, wondering who to trust, and
still needing to move forward. I liked the examination of happiness in
relationships vs societal expectations as well. Ginzburg comes from an
Italian Jewish family and her husband was tortured to death by Nazis
before the end of the war, so surely those experiences were formative to
this post-war novel, even though it's not about those events per se.
came in from my New Directions Classics Club subscription, but I picked
it off my shelf to read for Western Europe and the Read the World 21
challenge in Instagram.
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