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A Mystery in Naples
Ermanno Rea, Thomas Simpson
2004
In trying to uncover why Francesca Nobili killed herself, this mystery novel searches the politically charged world of 1950s Naples, Italy. In it we find corrupt politicians, opportunistic bureaucrats, and activists tortured by their memories of when Naples lay on the front line of the Cold War. The author's own...
A Place of Light
Mary Bucci Bush
2007
Each of these impeccably crafted and sensitive stories is built around the outstanding ordinary individuals, the eccentrics of the rural working class of Mary Bush's native upstate New York. These are gritty depictions of the day-to-day lives of the hardworking poor, carrying with them their secret burdens. At the cores...
Arrangiarsi: The Italian Immigration Experience in Canada
Arrangiarsi
The Italian Immigration Experience in Canada
Roberto Perin, Franc Sturino
2007
The term arrangiarsi is normally defined as "making do" or "getting by." This book marks the first attempt to provide a comprehensive treatment of the Italian presence in Canada, and to capture the experience of the Italian immigrants who helped to build this country. Through historical, literary, and artistic approaches,...
Blood of My Blood: The Dilemma of the Italian-Americans
Blood of My Blood
The Dilemma of the Italian-Americans
Richard Gambino
2010
Since its first publication in 1974, Blood of My Blood has become the most highly esteemed book on Italian Americans. It is also rare that it is both a bestseller and a college text.
Breaking the Mould
Penny Petrone
2001
In this memoir Penny Petrone tells what it was like growing up in Northern Ontario as the daughter of parents who moved to Canada from the class-bound feudal society of Southern Italy during the first quarter of the century when America was the dream of millions of Europeans.
Claiming Kin
Laura Marello
2009
Set in Santa Cruz, California; San Remo, Italy; Paris, France; and a fictional town called Pottersville, North Carolina from the 1950s through the 1980s, Claiming Kin tells the story of two intertwined families and their battles and conflicts over kinship.
Conceptions
Jane Dick
1992
First published in hardcover by Guernica in 1980 (as the third volume in the Essential Poets Series), Conceptions presents a bold and erotic female sexuality at a time when such presentations were considered uncouth.
Dark Man
Roberto Pace, Pasquale Verdicchio
2006
The appearance of Dark Man cannot be an event without consequence. Once come into this world, he will entice you with candy, seep into your skin, and savour your blissful ignorance of his purpose. Roberto Pace delights us with this story of a wild pursuit, set in an imaginary Central...
Echo: Essays on Other Literatures
Echo
Essays on Other Literatures
Joseph Pivato
1994
This collection of essays explores the literature of Italian immigrants in Canada and their children by focusing on the central role that themes of migration hold in their work. Addressing topics such as the oral roots of Canadian immigrant writing, the changing place of women in works of the Italian...
Émile Nelligan: Selected Poems
Émile Nelligan
Selected Poems
Émile Nelligan, P.F. Widdows
2005
This dazzling collection of poetry is the first ever translation into English of the work of a writer now considered the father of modern French Canadian literature. Émile Nelligan's work spanned only two years, from 1897 to 1899, when he suffered a nervous disorder later described as dementia praecox. Until...
Fabrizio's Passion
Antonio D'Alfonso
1995
Fabrizio's Passion is the author's English-language version of his French-language novel, Avril ou l'anti-passion. This baroque novel, divided into twenty-five chapters, explores the different facets of an Italian family living in North America. It is through the technique of a multi-voiced narrative that the readers are permitted to see what...
Illuminations
Arthur Rimbaud, Daniel Sloate
1990
This text is in English and French. This edition of Rimbaud's masterpiece marks the first translation of Illuminations that has been praised for its exquisite interpretation, particularly by American translators.
Looking Through My Mother's Eyes: Life Stories of Nine Italian Immigrant Women in Canada
Looking Through My Mother's Eyes
Life Stories of Nine Italian Immigrant Women in Canada
Giovanna Del Negro
2004
This look at the traditional and subversive world of women's folklore examines the realm of women's talk, exploring the ways Italian immigrant women from Montreal use classic folk genres to stretch the boundaries of their culture. Through songs, lullabies, bawdy riddles, and trickster tales, these women subvert, redefine, and alter...
Lovhers
Nicole Brossard, Barbara Godard
1986
This is the poetry by Nicole Brossard who has become well known as a lesbian feminist theorist and writer and as the leading figure among Quebec post-modernist writers. Her work blurs the boundaries between fiction and theory, subverting the fictions patriarchal discourse has spun about women's lives by working with...
Made in Italy
Maria Ardizzi, Anna Maria Castrilli
1999
A tough and poignant novel that tells us the uncompromising story of Nora Moratti. The aged Nora recalls Hagar Shipley (Margaret Laurence) in graphic detail and with no regrets.
My Father, Marconi
Degna Marconi
2002
Merging both his scientific and personal lives into one compelling history, author Degna Marconi recalls the turbulent existence of her father, Guglielmo Marconi, the inventor of the radio. Unable to gain admittance to a university, child prodigy Marconi instead set up a laboratory in his father's attic. These boyhood experiments...
Olivo Oliva
Philippe Poloni, David Homel
2006
This fantastical novel opens with Pina, a young Sicilian woman, being seduced by the son of her father's archenemy under a heavily-laden olive tree in her family's orchard. Fate plays a cruel trick on Pina when her lover is killed and she gives birth to a half-human, half-olive son. Named...
Passenger: Selected Poems
Passenger
Selected Poems
Antonio Porta, Pasquale Verdicchio
2000
Passenger is a selection of Antonio Porta's works that were published between 1958 and 1979. These years represent Porta's evolution during and after his Novissimi period. What is offered here is the writing of a highly productive first-class poet. Antonio Porta died in 1988.
Picture Theory
Nicole Brossard, Barbara Godard
2006
A novel first published in French in 1982, Picture Theory demonstrates Nicole Brossard's fiction théorique and her preoccupation with the difficulty of writing and reading woman. The title (taken from Wittgenstein) implies her reference to the hologram as a new pictorial model for woman; like the hologram which is intended...
Secret Transfusions
Samuel Beckett, Marco Sonzogni
2010
Secret Transfusions is the first dual-language annotated edition of Samuel Beckett's translations of Italian literature (Comisso, Franchi and Montale) since these translations were published in the Modernist literary journal This Quarter in 1930. This early work already displays Beckett's genius for language and for translation as original writing.
Son of Italy
Pascal D'Angelo
2003
In the original introduction to Pascal D'Angelo's Son of Italy, the renowned literary critic Carl Van Doren praised D'Angelo's autobiography as an impassioned story of his "enormous struggles against every disadvantage." In his narrative of his fruitless labor as a "pick and shovel" worker in America, D'Angelo, who immigrated from...
Tell the Oak Tree to Grow Faster: Selected Aphorisms
Maria Luisa Spaziani, Marco Sonzogni, Bob Lowe
2010
Tell the Oak Tree to Grow Faster is the first book of Maria Luisa Spaziani's aphorisms in English translation. Linking aphorism and poetry, she "shows no trace of hypocrisy," as Gino Ruozzi observes, and "her pungent and elitist dictates scourge accepted ideas and cut to the quick a lot of...
The Blue Whale
Stanislao Nievo, Gaetano Rando
2000
The captivating story of a close encounter between a whale and a woman told from the perspective of both protagonists.
The Other Shore
Antonio D'Alfonso
1989
This book of broken verses, broken thoughts, about broken feelings. This, a notebook without a beginning, without an end, only a flowing towards being, a growing; contradictions and explanations.
The Southern Question
Antonio Gramsci, Pasquale Verdicchio
2006
Antonio Gramsci's The Southern Question remains as provocative today as it was when it was written. During ten years of political imprisonment under Mussolini's Fascist government, Gramsci produced The Prison Notebooks, a continued meditation on subjects and relationships first proposed within the pages of this essay. The purpose in re-introducing...
The Tough Romance
Pier Giorgio Di Cicco
1990
The 1979 publication of The Tough Romance established Pier Giorgio di Cicco as the foremost lyric poet of his generation. The book catalyzed a vibrant Italian-Canadian poesis and pioneered use of Latin-American poetics and "deep-imagism" in Canadian poetry.
The Woman I Am
Dorothy Livesay
2000
Spanning fifty years, these poems of love, sexuality, motherhood, loneliness, old age, and death are culled from the lifetime of Dorothy Livesay's expression of the woman she is. This selection was chosen by Dorothy Livesay herself.
Vendetta: The True Story of the Largest Lynching in U.S. History
Vendetta
The True Story of the Largest Lynching in U.S. History
Richard Gambino
2000
Eleven Italian Americans were lynched in New Orleans on March 14, 1891. The lynching caused a crisis between the President and the Congress of the United States, between Washington and Rome. It also introduced a sinister word to America: Mafia. This book has become a HBO film starring Christopher Walken.