Reviews

  • A sprawling story of love, valor, and the Risorgimento ... in a wonderful translation by Frederika Randall

    Elizabeth Kolbert, New Yorker
  • Unfailingly lively ... a masterpiece ... The plot of Confessions is rich, picaresque, extravagant, and all is delivered in a fresh, lively prose ... The translator Frederika Randall has been remarkably successful in keeping the novel's flavor and sustaining Nievo's quirkiness and readability over so many pages ... As the governments of the post-Risorgimento period set about imposing a cultural homogeneity on the country, Alessandro Manzoni's conservative and very Catholic masterpiece, The Betrothed (1827), safely set in the distant past, was always going to be preferred to Nievo's rich and wild account of love and politics, where so much was dangerously close to home ... Yet there is no doubt in my mind which author English-speaking readers will prefer now that Confessions of an Italian is at last attractively translated in its entirety

    Tim Parks, New York Review of Books
  • A wonderful blend of wit, political perspicuity and exuberant comic invention, The Confessions of an Italian has been called the great novel of the Risorgimento [...] Frederika Randall's admirable new translation now makes it available in all its sprawling, teasing, snook-cocking glory [...] This is a humane piece of fiction, funny and wise, but it is also a candid, astute account of what it feels like to combine lofty patriotic illusions about a People, with a realistic view of how ignoble and mistaken people generally are

    Lucy Hughes-Hallett, The Times Literary Supplement
  • Of all the furore that came out of the Risorgimento, only Manzoni and Nievo really matter today

    Umberto Eco
  • The one 19th century Italian novel which has [for an Italian reader] that charm and fascination so abundant in foreign literatures

    Italo Calvino
  • Perhaps the greatest Italian novel of the nineteenth century

    Roberto Carnero

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