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Natalia Ginzburg

Natalia Ginzburg

 Natalia Ginzburg

Natalia Ginzburg was born on 14 July 1916 in Palermo, Italy. The Jewish family moved to Turin in 1919, where Natalia did not attend primary school but was instead educated at home. She turned to writing as a way of escape from an early age. Obtaining her "maturità classica" in 1927, she then enroled at the University of Turin to study literature. Her first story, "I bambini", was published in the review Solaria in 1934, but she never graduated from university. She married Leone Ginzburg, a lecturer and anti-fascist militant, in 1938. In 1940, Leone was sent to forced residence in a small village of southern Italy due to his political activities (he had been found to be a leader of the anti-Mussolini campaign). Natalia followed him with their two sons. There, a daughter was born and she wrote her first novel "La strada che va in città", which was published under the pseudonym Alessandra Tornimparte. Her husband left their forced residence in 1943 and joined the underground anti-fascist movement in Rome. He was arrested and killed in 1944, a few days before the liberation of Rome by the Allies. Natalia returned to Turin where she worked as an editor for the publishing house Einaudi. Her second novel "E stato così" won her the Tempo prize in 1947. In 1950, she married Gabriele Baldini, a famous critic and scholar, and moved to Rome. The next few years were the most productive of her writing career. She produced novels ("Lessico famigliare"), stories ("Famiglia"), comedies ("Ti ho sposato per allegria"), collections of essays ("Mai devi domandarmi"), etc. In 1983 she was elected to the Italian Parliament as an independent member of the Communist Party. That same year "La Famiglia Manzoni" was a huge success. Her last novel, "la città e la casa" was published in 1984. She died in Rome, on 6 October 1991.

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