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The Dry Heart by Natalia Ginzburg


The Dry Heart begins and ends with the matter-of-fact pronouncement: “I shot him between the eyes.”

As the tale―a plunge into the chilly waters of loneliness, desperation, and bitterness―proceeds, the narrator's murder of her flighty husband takes on a certain logical inevitability.

Stripped of any preciousness or sentimentality, Natalia Ginzburg's writing here is white-hot, tempered by rage.

She transforms the unhappy tale of an ordinary dull marriage into a rich psychological thriller that seems to beg the question: why don't more wives kill their husbands?

'This book is a Roman candle – quick and explosive.' - New York Times

'A feminist classic that exposes the dark side of marriage in clean, captivating prose.' - Chicago Tribune


About the Product

  • Type: Paperback
  • Imprint: New Directions
  • Published:  2019-06-25
  • ISBN: 978-0811228787
  • Length: 96 pages
  • Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.3 x 8.1 inches


About the Author

Natalia Ginzburg was born in Palermo, Italy in 1916. She was an Italian author whose work explored family relationships, politics during and after the Fascist years and World War II, and philosophy.

She wrote novels, short stories, and essays, for which she received the Strega Prize and Bagutta Prize. Modest and intensely reserved, Ginzburg never shied away from the traumas of history, whether writing about the Turin of her childhood, the Abruzzi countryside, or contemporary Rome—all the while approaching those traumas only indirectly, through the mundane details and catastrophes of personal life.

Most of her works were also translated into English and published in the United Kingdom and United States. She wrote acclaimed translations of both Proust and Flaubert into Italian. She died in Rome in 1991.

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