Forbidden Notebook

Forbidden Notebook

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 02/03/2023
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Forbidden Notebook
A rediscovered classic
Alba De Cespedes’ subtle and quietly subversive novel, wonderfully translated by Anna Goldstein, is a major literary rediscovery… The Narrator Valeria, ... READ MORE
Robin Brown
Forbidden Notebook
Intriguing and evocative literary fiction from Italy
Thanks to Pushkin Press for sending me a proof copy in exchange for an honest review, which you can find below. This is a rediscovered work of Italian lit... READ MORE
Sam E

Synopsis

Out running an errand, Valeria Cossati gives in to a sudden impulse - she buys a shiny black notebook. She starts keeping a diary in secret, recording her concerns about her daughter, the constant churn of the domestic routine and her fears that her husband will discover her new habit. With each entry Valeria plunges deeper into her interior life, uncovering profound dissatisfaction and restlessness. As she finds her own voice, the roles that have come to define her-as wife, as mother, as daughter-begin to break apart. Forbidden Notebook is a rediscovered jewel of Italian literature, published here in a new translation by the celebrated Ann Goldstein and with a foreword by Jhumpa Lahiri. A captivating feminist classic, it is an intimate, haunting story of domestic discontent in postwar Rome, and of one woman's awakening to her true thoughts and desires.

  • Publisher: Pushkin Press
  • ISBN: 9781782277507
  • Number of pages: 272
  • Dimensions: 216 x 135 mm

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Forbidden Notebook
The more things change, the more they stay the same
Forbidden Notebook by Alba de Cespedes Translated from the Italian by Ann Goldstein "If we can learn to understand the smallest things that happen every d... READ MORE
RitaCantStopReading
Forbidden Notebook
A reissue of a classic author
Thank you @pushkinpress for sending me this copy of Forbidden Notebook by Alba De Cespedes, this is a reissue of a work by a renowned Italian Cuban Author.... READ MORE
Claire
Forbidden Notebook
Interesting
An intimate and detailed look at one women’s day to day life in postwar Rome, as she begins to keep a secret diary of her thoughts and day to day happening... READ MORE
@SezzThomas
Forbidden Notebook
Interesting
An intimate and detailed look at one women’s day to day life in postwar Rome, as she begins to keep a secret diary of her thoughts and day to day happening... READ MORE
@SezzThomas
Forbidden Notebook
Interesting
An intimate and detailed look at one women’s day to day life in postwar Rome, as she begins to keep a secret diary of her thoughts and day to day happening... READ MORE
@SezzThomas