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Gianna Manzini

Biography

Gianna Manzini was born in Pistoia in 1896. She earned a degree in literature in Florence, after her father, the anarchist Giuseppe Manzini, was exiled by Mussolini and then died in prison in 1925. She then became very much involved in cultural activities in Florence, including involvement in the influential magazine Solaria. She published her first novel in 1928 and was awarded a prize by the Italian Academy which she turned down. After her first marriage to Bruno Fallaci (uncle of Oriana Fallaci), a journalist, ended in 1933, she moved to Rome. There she had a close professional and personal relationship with the critic Enrico Falqui. She continued to publish novels, stories and essays throughout her life, dying in 1974. She was never recognised outside Italy and, even in Italy, she never received the recognition she deserved. Most of her books are out of print in Italy. Only one of her novels has been translated into English and then only more than sixty years after it was first written.

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Bibliography

1928 Tempo innamorato
1929 Incontro col falco
1932 Boscovivo
1936 Un filo di brezza
1940 Rive remote
1941 Venti racconti
1944 Forte come un leone
1945 Carta d’identità
1946 Lettera all’editore (Game Plan for a Novel)
1950 Ho visto il tuo cuore
1950 Cara prigione
1953 Il valzer del diavolo
1953 Animali sacri e profane
1954 Foglietti
1956 La sparviera
1960 Arca di Noè
1960 Ritratti e pretesti
1961 Un’altra cosa
1963 Il cielo addosso
1964 Album di ritratti
1965 Allegro con disperazione
1970 La Signora di Cariddi
1971 Ritratto in piedi
1971 Quasi un delirio
1973 Sulla soglia
1991 Bastimento in bottiglia e altri racconti dimenticati
1994 Favola dell’ulivo e altre prose liriche
1996 Bestiario: tre racconti
1996 Autoritratto involontario e altri racconti
1996 Lettere a Giulio
2003 La moda di Vanessa
2005 Dietro la vita
2005 Il merlo e altre prose