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Forbidden Notebook

Forbidden Notebook

Hardcover

General Fiction

Publisher Price: $26.00

ISBN10: 1662601395
ISBN13: 9781662601392
Publisher: Astra House
Published: Jan 17 2023
Pages: 288
Weight: 0.97
Height: 0.79 Width: 5.98 Depth: 9.21
Language: English
A brilliant, quietly tumultuous book and a welcome revival of an author too little known in the anglophone world.--Toby Lichtig, The Wall Street Journal

Forbidden Notebook promises a new cohort of readers, appetites whetted by the works of Elena Ferrante, Elsa Morante and Natalia Ginzburg. Translator Ann Goldstein has reinvigorated the text. --Joumana Khatib, The New York Times Book Review

A gripping slow-burn of a book. Domestic mundanity and the impulse toward freedom combine in this critique of marriage, family and fascism.--Kathleen Rooney, Minneapolis Star Tribune

Forbidden Notebook is a tragic romance, on one level between Valeria and a potential lover, but, on a deeper level, between the persona she presents to her family, friends, and co-workers and the private self that she discovers as she writes--that is, between Valeria and the notebook itself.--Sarah Chihaya, The New Yorker

With a foreword by Jhumpa Lahiri, Quaderno Proibito is a classic domestic novel by the Italian-Cuban feminist writer Alba de C├ęspedes, whose work inspired contemporary writers like Elena Ferrante.

In this modern translation by acclaimed Elena Ferrante translator Ann Goldstein, Forbidden Notebook centers the inner life of a dissatisfied housewife living in postwar Rome.

Valeria Cossati never suspected how unhappy she had become with the shabby gentility of her bourgeois life--until she begins to jot down her thoughts and feelings in a little black book she keeps hidden in a closet. This new secret activity leads her to scrutinize herself and her life more closely, and she soon realizes that her individuality is being stifled by her devotion and sense of duty toward her husband, daughter, and son. As the conflicts between parents and children, husband and wife, and friends and lovers intensify, what goes on behind the Cossatis' facade of middle-class respectability gradually comes to light, tearing the family's fragile fabric apart.

An exquisitely crafted portrayal of domestic life, Forbidden Notebook recognizes the universality of human aspirations.

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