Bassani, Giorgio

   Along with Primo Levi, Giorgio Bassani is probably the finest postwar writer produced by Italy’s small Jewish community. Born in Bologna in 1916, Bassani was raised in the Po Valley city of Ferrara, which provides the backdrop for his most important works. He was an active member of the resistance during the war and was jailed for his antifascist activities. He has written many books, but the most widely remembered are Cinque storie ferraresi (Tales of Ferrara, 1956) and Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini (The Garden of the Finzi-Continis, 1964), the poignant tale of a Jewish-Italian family that was transformed into an Oscarwinning film by Vittorio De Sica. Together with Tommaso Di Lampedusa’s Il Gattopardo (The Leopard, 1959), which Bassani was instrumental in getting published, Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini broke the neorealist monopoly in Italian arts and letters, and signaled a greater interest among Italian writers in introspection, fine writing, and traditional settings. Bassani was a founding member and early president of Italia Nostra, an association committed to the preservation of Italy’s heritage. He died in Romein April 2000.
   See also Literature; Racial Laws.

Historical Dictionary of Modern Italy. . 2007.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • BASSANI, GIORGIO — (1916–2000), Italian writer. Bassani, who was born in Bologna, lived for many years in Ferrara and was active in the anti Fascist Resistance. After World War II he moved to Rome, but Ferrara, and especially its Jewish community, remained at the… …   Encyclopedia of Judaism

  • Bassani, Giorgio — ▪ 2001       Italian writer and editor (b. March 4, 1916, Bologna, Italy d. April 13, 2000, Rome, Italy), skillfully presented the plight of Jews of the Ferrara community in Fascist era Italy in his award winning 1962 novel Il giardino dei Finzi… …   Universalium

  • Bassani, Giorgio — (1916 2000)    Italian writer. Born in Bologna, he lived in Ferrara until 1943, when he moved to Rome. He edited Bolteghe oscure, an international literary review, from 1948 to 1960. His Garden of the Finzi Continis depicts an aristocratic… …   Dictionary of Jewish Biography

  • Bassani, Giorgio — ► (1916 2000) Novelista y poeta italiano. Obras: Cinco historias de Ferrara (1956), El jardín de los Finzi Contini (1962), Detrás de la puerta (1964) …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Bassani, Giorgio — (Bologna 1916 Roma 2000) scrittore, saggista e poeta; direttore di “Botteghe Oscure”. collab./opere: “Corrente” …   Dizionario biografico elementare del Novecento letterario italiano

  • Bassani — Bassani, Giorgio …   Enciclopedia Universal

  • Giorgio Bassani — (* 4. März 1916 in Bologna; † 13. April 2000 in Rom) war ein italienischer Schriftsteller und Dichter. Inhaltsverzeichnis 1 Leben 2 Werke 3 Ehrungen …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Giorgio Bassani — (Bolonia, 4 de marzo de 1916 Roma, 13 de abril de 2000), escritor judío italiano, famoso por sus Novelas de Ferrara. Biografía Hijo de Dora y del médico Enrico Bassani, hermano de Paolo y Jenny, Giorgio Bassani pasó su infancia en Ferrara. En… …   Wikipedia Español

  • Giorgio Bassani — Giorgio Bassani, romancier et poète italien né le 4 mars 1916 à Bologne, mort le 13 avril 2000 à Rome. Sommaire 1 Biographie 2 Principales œuvres …   Wikipédia en Français

  • BASSANI (G.) — Une ville: Ferrare, une époque: la fin des années trente, un milieu: la communauté israélite traquée par les lois raciales définissent d’emblée l’œuvre narrative de Giorgio Bassani. Le succès, mérité, d’un roman comme Le Jardin des Finzi Contini… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.