Prisoners of Hope: The Silver Age of the Italian Jews, 1924-1974

Prisoners of Hope: The Silver Age of the Italian Jews, 1924-1974

By: H. Stuart Hughes (author)Paperback

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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.

About Author

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

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780674707283
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 200
  • ID: 9780674707283
  • weight: 227
  • ISBN10: 0674707281

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