IN SICILY by Elio Vittorini


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Introduced by Hemingway, and preluded by a critical accolade from England, this presents for the first time over here a younger Italian writer, in a short novel- or rather ""a conversation in Sicily"". During the course of this conversation, conducted by Silvestro, a young man of thirty, Silvestro ""makes a journey from a doubt in humanity towards a realization of humanity"". Something of a man of good will, something of a Hamlet too who cannot escape the melancholy of an ""outraged world"", Silvestro returns to the village of his birth; sees his mother again after fifteen years; reminisces over the past, makes rounds with her as she midwifes and nurses the villagers; spends an evening with a knife-grinder; witnesses the return of his father, and then leaves.... A poet's book, which blends realism with aestheticism in its prose, a philosophy of the world at large with an inner sensibility, this is for the more esoteric reader.

Pub Date: Nov. 25th, 1949
Publisher: New Directions