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Lia Levi

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Lia Levi

Lia Levi is the editor-in-chief of the monthly magazine Shalom and the author of many books for children and adults. She has been awarded the Elsa Morante First Novel Prize (1994), the Castello Prize for Fiction (1994) and the Moravia Prize (2001). She lives in Rome.

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Award-winning Italian author Lia Levi is not well known among readers of English, but with the translation and publication of The Jewish Husband, Europa Editions is hoping to change that. Born in Northern...

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  • The Jewish Husband by Lia Levi (Europa Editions), newly translated from Italian by Antony Shugar, is a tender love story set in wartime Italy, when the country was ruled by Mussolini’s oppressive racial laws. The novel, written with sensitivity and insight, won the Alberto...
    — Dec 18 2009
  • Fascism is about the individual and the government's attempt to control her or him, but it's also about crowds -- military parades, hordes of brown shirts, the masses coaxed and directed in service of the state, minority groups afraid of what may lie ahead. It is strange, then,...
    — Sep 24 2009
  • What we do for love is a theme constantly explored through art and literature. Lia Levi's remarkable novel, The Jewish Husband, explores love in a most memorable way – showing the worst and best of sacrifice and self-denial in the name of love. Set in the turmoil of 1930's...
    — Sep 23 2009
  • from Tablet Magazine In The Jewish Husband (Europa Editions, September), Lia Levi tells a roughly parallel story set in Fascist Italy, where Dino Carpi, a classics professor, marries a woman so emphatically goyish that her family name is Gentile. Though he hides his...
    — Sep 23 2009
  • from Shelf Awareness "Never reveal you are Jewish." That's all, just one small favor. The father of the bride asks to speak with Dino alone, man-to-man, and young professor Carpi can't refuse. He's hopelessly in love with Sonia. He's just the son of a hotelkeeper, and...
    — Sep 1 2009
  • Levi subjects love to the inexorable tides of history in this articulate and resonant novel. In 1930s fascist Rome, Dino Carpi encounters Sonia Gentile when she breaks her leg at his parents' hotel on New Year's Eve, and as the Italians say, it's amore a prima vista. But their...
    — Aug 3 2009

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