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The Beautiful Summer (Paperback)

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'An astonishing portrait of an innocent on the verge of discovering the cruelties of love... there are whispers here of the future work of Elena Ferrante' Elizabeth Strout, from the introduction 'Life was a perpetual holiday in those days...' It's the height of summer in 1930s Italy and sixteen-year-old Ginia is desperate for adventure. So begins a fateful friendship with Amelia, a stylish and sophisticated artist's model who envelops her in a dazzling new world of bohemian artists and intoxicating freedom. Under the spell of her new friends, Ginia soon falls in love with Guido, an enigmatic young painter. It's the start of a desperate love affair, charged with false hope and overwhelming passion - destined to last no longer than the course of a summer. The Beautiful Summer is a gorgeous coming-of-age tale of lost innocence and first love, by one of Italy's greatest writers. 'Pavese, to me, is a constant source of inspiration' Jhumpa Lahiri 'One of the few essential novelists of the mid-twentieth century' Susan Sontag '[Pavese writes books of] extraordinary depth where one never stops finding new levels, new meaning' Italo Calvino



Fiction & PoetryFiction in translationFiction & PoetryModern & contemporary fiction post c 1945 Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd Publication Date: 07/06/2018 ISBN-13: 9780241983393  Details: Type: Paperback Format: Books
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Cesare Pavese was born in northern Italy in 1908. Exiled by the Fascist regime to Calabria in 1935, Pavese eventually returned to Turin to work for the publishing house Einaudi. Pavese won the Strega Prize for fiction, Italy's most prestigious literary award, for The Beautiful Summer in 1950. Later the same year, after a brief affair with an American actress, he took his own life. His suicide note reads: "I forgive everyone and ask everyone's forgiveness. O.K.? Don't gossip too much."

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It’s one of fiction’s most frequent topics but few novels have captured the awakening of sexuality with as much skill and poetry as Pavese’s masterpiece. Over the course of one Italian summer, and against a backdrop of changing sexual mores, a teenager becomes aware of both her own body and those of others. Pervaded throughout by a heady atmosphere of desire and excitement, jealousy and shame, The Beautiful Summer is timeless and more than deserving of its status as one of the greatest novels to come out of Italy.

Gary, Assistant Head of Fiction, Charing Cross Road.

 

'Life was a perpetual holiday in those days. We had only to leave the house and step across the street and we became quite mad.​' Read an extract from The Beautiful Summer on our blog.

 

Charing Cross Rd Bookshop - 05/06/2018

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