The Road to the City | Natalia Ginzburg

The Road to the City


Translated from Italian by Frances Frenaye

Published Summer 2021
ISBN: 9781911547624
Format: Paperback

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‘If Ferrante is a friend, Ginzburg is a mentor.’ –Guardian

Delia is one of five children, growing up in a poor Italian village. She is 17, and dreams of marrying a rich man, living in a grand apartment in the city and wearing silk stockings. To escape her father’s neglect and her mother’s sadness, she begins to take the dusty road to the city every day, accompanied by Nini,her sweet and mysterious cousin.

When Nini takes a job in a factory and moves in with a city woman, Delia sees another way of being. But when she discovers she’s pregnant, she agrees to marry the father, seduced by the promise of wealth and comfort.

Nothing, not even Nini’s desperate declaration of love, can stop her – but her rejection will be his undoing. The Road to the City is a short, poignant novel about the dreams of youth, and the cruelty it takes to make them come true.

‘One of the great Italian writers of the 20th Century…[her] books snare so much of what is odd and lovely and fleeting in the world.’ Parul Sehgal, New York Times

‘If Ferrante is a friend, Ginzburg is a mentor.’ Guardian

Ginzburg gives us a new template for the female voice and an idea of what it might sound like.’ Rachel Cusk

‘Her prose style is deceptively simple and very complex. Its effect on the reader is both calming and thrilling – that’s not so easy to do.’ Deborah Levy

‘Filled with shimmering, risky, darting observation.’ Colm Tóibín