All Our Yesterdays

Natalia Ginzburg

All Our Yesterdays
Daunt Books
United Kingdom
30 August 2022

All Our Yesterdays

Natalia Ginzburg

Anna, a sixteen-year-old schoolgirl in a small town in northern Italy, after a brief romance finds herself pregnant. To save her reputation, she marries an eccentric older family friend and they move to his village in the south. Her relationship with Cenzo Rena is touched by tragedy and grace as the events of their life in the countryside run parallel to the war and the encroaching threat of fascism - and in their wake, a society dealing with anxiety and grief.

At the heart of the novel is a concern with experiences that both deepen and deaden existence: adultery and air raids, neighbourhood quarrels and bombings. With her signature clear-eyed wit, Ginzburg asks how we can act with integrity when faced with catastrophe, and how we can love well.

‘I’m utterly entranced by Ginzburg’s style - her mysterious directness, her salutary ability to lay things bare that never feels contrived or cold, only necessary, honest, clear.’ - Maggie Nelson

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