Date: April 18 @ 6:45 pm
Followed by supper in the dining room at 8-15pm
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
by Giorgio Bassani (translated by Jamie McKendrick)
“For me, no less than for her, the past counted far more than the present…”
Giorgio Bassani’s acclaimed novel of unrequited love and the plight of the Italian Jews on the brink of World War II has become a classic of modern Italian literature. The narrator, a young Jew in the city of Ferrara, has long been fascinated by the Finzi-Continis, a wealthy and aristocratic Jewish family, and especially by their daughter, Micol. But not until 1938 is he invited behind the walls of their lavish estate, as local Jews begin to gather there to avoid the newly introduced racial laws of the Fascists. The garden of the Finzi-Continis becomes an idyllic sanctuary in an increasingly brutal and dangerous world.