Innanför stadsmuren” is a collection of five short stories, in which Giorgio Bassani explores the city of Ferrara and the surrounding countryside.

Here, Bassani introduces the characters that he later developed in “Romanzo di Ferrara”, a novel about life and death set in Ferrara.

These five short stories form a gripping, winding and colorful portrait of a city during the fascist era.

Giorgio Bassani (1916–2000) was an Italian novelist and poet. He made his debut with the collection of poems “Storie dei poveri amanti e altri versi” (“Stories of unhappy lovers and other poems”) in 1944. His first novel was “The Golden Glasses” (“Gli occhiali d’oro”, 1958).

His most internationally known work is the novel The Lost Garden (“Il giardino dei Finzi-Contini”, 1962), which became a movie directed by Vittorio De Sica and it won an Oscar as Best Non-English Language Film in 1974.

Innanför stadsmuren” is now published for the first time in Sweden – translated by Johanna Hedenberg – by the Swedish pubishing house Modernista, thanks to a grant from the C.M. Lerici Foundation.


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