The Dry Heart — Natalia Ginzburg

Having loved The Little Virtues back in 2020, I have finally read some more Natalia Ginzburg.

This novella It’s a radical, uncompromising (and perhaps under appreciated) feminist classic. It’s a woman’s account of an unhappy marriage, opening with the moment she shoots her husband “between the eyes”.

What’s most interesting to me is how Ginzberg raises the question of what people, and women in particular, deserve. Shouldn’t this young, frivolous girl have “known better”? But it is the man who is callous and unfaithful.

I’m excited about reading more Ginzburg. Any recommendations about what to turn to next very welcome!

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