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Romano Bilenchi

Romano Bilenchi

Romano Bilenchi was born near Siena, Tuscany, in 1909. He was a member of the Italian Resistance during the Fascist period and in the years following the end of WWII became an active member of the Italian Communist Party. Winner of the prestigious Viareggio Prize in 1972, he published over ten novels and several collections of short stories and essays in his lifetime, and was close friends with some of the major figures of his age, including Eurgenio Montale and Ezra Pound. Bilenchi died in Florence in 1989.

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“The chill of suspicion and incomprehension came between me and humankind when I was sixteen,” Bilenchi’s spare, dark bildungsroman begins. Following an unnamed teen-ager’s initiation...

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  • The coming of age story has a long tradition in literature. Robinson Crusoe, with his ill-fated and stubborn resistance to homey paternal advice might be one of the first novels of this sort. There are more modern works too. Huckleberry Finn is one, and of course the classic...
    — Dec 15 2009
  • A friend of the poets Ezra Pound and Eugenio Montale, Bilenchi wrote this starkly impressive tale of adolescent alienation in his eighth decade. It doesn’t ring any less true for that. Growing up in northern Tuscany in the 1950s, his teenage narrator finds himself...
    — Dec 12 2009
  • Note: Romano Bilenchi (1909 – 1989), author of over ten novels, was winner of Italy’s prestigious Viareggio Prize in 1972.  The Chill has just been translated into English for the first time. “A subtle chill unexpectedly came over me, whenever my imagination placed...
    — Dec 9 2009
  • “The chill of suspicion and incomprehension came between me and humankind when I was sixteen,” Bilenchi’s spare, dark bildungsroman begins. Following an unnamed teen-ager’s initiation into adulthood in Tuscany in the Fascist years, it is a series of episodes of alienation,...
    — Nov 23 2009

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