The cultural historian H. Stuart Hughes examines the works of Italo Svevo, Alberto Moravia, Carlo Levi, Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, and Giorgio Bassani - six Italian prose writers of Jewish or part-Jewish origin - and shows how these writers combine in various measures their ancestral Jewish heritage with recent experiences of antisemitic persecution.
H. Stuart Hughes (1916-1999) was Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of California, San Diego.
1. The Most Ancient of Minorities 2. Exercises in Futility: Trieste and Rome The Redeemed and the Eternal City Italo Svevo's "Discomfort": Premature Aging and Belated Fame Alberto Moravia's World-Weary Adolescents 3. Two Captives Called Levi Fascism and Italian Jewry The Physician. Painter Don Carlo: Exile and Wonder-Worker The Chemist Primo: "Poet" of the Concentration Camp "Prisoners of Hope" 4. The Moment of Recollection: Turin The Testimony of Four Memoirists Natalia Ginzburg: The Painful Apprenticeship Natalia Ginzburg: The Arrival and the Departure of the Jews 5. The Moment of Recollection: Ferrara The Incomparable Walled City Giorgio Bassani: To the Paradise Garden Giorgio Bassani: The Splendor of Death The Cycle Closed 6. The Meanings of "Survival" Notes Index