Saturday, June 18, 2011

Antonio Fogazzaro from Italy ...

Fogazzaro was born in Vicenza to a rich family.

In 1864 he got a law degree in Turin. In Milan he followed the scapigliatura movement.

In 1869 he was back in Vicenza to work as lawyer, but he left this path very soon to write books full time. Arguably his masterpiece was Piccolo Mondo Antico (variously titled in English translations as The Patriot or as Little World of the Past). This well written novel is set in his beloved Valsolda on Lake Lugano, Italy, in the 1850s. It has delightful evocations of the landscape, and strong characterizations which reveal the inner psychological conflicts of the characters.

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