The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

Giorgio Bassani
Illustrated by Laura Carlin
Introduced by Simon Mawer
Translated by Jamie McKendrick

A beautiful, elegiac portrait of love and loss amidst the Italian aristocracy on the eve of the Second World War. Using the acclaimed translation by Jamie McKendrick.

The Finzi-Continis, an aristocratic Jewish family in 1930s Ferrara, live a rarefied life. An earlier tragedy has led the family to retreat behind the high walls enclosing their villa, and the tennis court in their garden becomes the heart of a peaceful, private paradise. It is a carefree world away from the growing disquiet outside. As Mussolini’s policies lead to the young Jews of Ferrara being banned from the local tennis club, the family invites them into their private realm, believing that nothing will change; but reality, heartbreak and ultimate tragedy cannot be kept at bay.

Bound in printed and blocked paper

Set in Fournier with Bodoni display

272 pages

Frontispiece and 7 colour illustrations

Plain slipcase

˝ x 6¼˝

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