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A Tent in This World
A Tent in This World William Weaver 0929701585 9780929701585 At the outset of the career of the man who is regarded today as the preeminent American translator of 20th-century Italian literature-as well as the distinguished author
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A Tent in This World by William Weaver

At the outset of the career of the man who is regarded today as the preeminent American translator of 20th-century Italian literature-as well as the distinguished author of many books on opera-William Weaver had, in fact, a somewhat different object in mind: he wished to be a novelist. Recently graduated both from Princeton & World War Two (as an ambulance driver), the youthful aspirant made a return visit to Naples in 1947, & stayed for some weeks with the Italian family of an equally aspiring & youthful friend. A Tent in This World records the weeks that followed, though it is both more & less than the diary which, with disarming wit & subtle irony, it purports to be. This novella a clef is, in fact, three things in one: a thoroughly engaging Isherwood-esque fiction of a not-quite-so-innocent abroad; an affectionately true portrait of the inhabitants of Naples & Capri; & a considerable literary rediscovery. For although only now is A Tent in This World being published for the first time as a book in English, it was printed in 1950 in an issue of one of the foremost international literary journals of the day, Botteghe Oscure. And only a few years ago, to great critical acclaim, A Tent in This World was published as a book in Italian. Its appearance, or reappearance, in English explains now what the literary world both gained & lost when William Fense Weaver, novelist-to-be, settled instead upon becoming simply William Weaver, translator of Italo Calvino, Umberto Eco, Alberto Moravia, & a host of Italys most famous authors. A Tent in This World is the charming description, finally, of a gifted American sensibility discovering an irresistable attachment to the Italian soul.

Author: William Weaver

Language: English

Edition: 1

Binding: Hardcover

Pages: 157

Publisher: McPherson

Publication Date: 1999-05-01

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