The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (Italian: Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini) is an italian historical novel by Giorgio Bassani, published in 1962. It chronicles the relationships between the narrator and the children of the Finzi-Contini family from the rise of Benito Mussolini until the start of World War II
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis is considered the best of the series of novels that Bassani produced about the lives of Italian Jews in the northern Italian city of Ferrara. Although the novel focuses on the relationships between the major characters, the shadow of creeping fascism, especially the racial laws that restricted Jews’ participation in Italian society, looms over all the novel’s events. According to Bassani one hundred and eighty-three Jews living in Ferrara were deported to German concentration camps, predominantly under the puppet Salo Republic in 1943.
Vittorio De Sica‘s 1971 film adaptation stars Lino Capolicchio as Giorgio (the narrator) and Dominique Sanda as Micòl. It won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film and was nominated for Best Screenplay (based on material from another medium). It won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Festival.
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