Natalia Ginzburg – Dear Michele

 

The balance after ‘68

A well-balanced and delicate novel focusing on the early Seventies protests in a (almost minimalistic) fragmented familiar context, unable to communicate. It is not just the introversion of Michele, a ‘lost son’, but rather everyone’s inability to show their private emotions and sorrows that prevents communication, which is always attempted but never achieved.

Through a fragmentary and essential narration and the characters’ correspondence, Ginzburg creates a moving and intense portrait deserving to be called ‘unforgettable’.

Translation by Stefano Bragato (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)