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Beautiful Summer, Pavese,  Cesare
Beautiful Summer
Cesare Pavese

Paperback $19.99 - Penguin UK
Fiction - Published: 15/Jun/2018 - ISBN: 9780241983393

Life was a perpetual holiday in those days . . . '

It's the height of summer in 1930s Italy, and sixteen-year-old Ginia is desperate for adventure. So begins a fateful friendship with Amelia, a stylish and sophisticated artist's model who envelops her in a dazzling new world of bohemian artists and intoxicating freedom. Under the spell of her new friends, Ginia soon falls in love with Guido, an enigmatic young painter. It's the start of a desperate love affair, charged with false hope and overwhelming passion - destined to last no longer than the course of a summer.

The Beautiful Summer is a gorgeous coming-of-age tale of lost innocence and first love, by one of Italy's greatest writers. Cesare Pavese was born in northern Italy in 1908. Exiled by the Fascist regime to Calabria in 1935, Pavese eventually returned to Turin to work for the publishing house Einaudi. Pavese won the Strega Prize for fiction, Italy's most prestigious literary award, for The Beautiful Summer in 1950. Later the same year, after a brief affair with an American actress, he committed suicide. His suicide note reads- 'I forgive everyone and ask everyone's forgiveness. O.K.? Don't gossip too much.' Over the course of a long Italian summer, a young girl falls in love for the first time, with devastating consequences.

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