The Things We Used to Say
Language as cohesion and recognition
It is the family history of the writer in a Turin beginning of the century, namely the period from the twenties to the fifties. Natalia, the last of five children, is the narrator who, with the magic of childhood and respect for the truth, relives
It is the family history of the writer in a Turin beginning of the century, namely the period from the twenties to the fifties. Natalia, the last of five children, is the narrator who, with the magic of childhood and respect for the truth, relives the memory of the events of his loved ones and determine the language, sayings, the sayings and habits rooted. First figure, his father Joseph, the house echoes of her screams and his laughter. Tender and despotic will not tolerate bad manners and can not stand the ways clumsy and awkward in his circle. groped a brief summary is not easy: it is a story that revolves on itself, offering at short intervals the same phrasing that slowly wins the reader, with the result that by Him intimate, customary, friendly and courteous. Are annotated with posting the quarrels between the brothers, the first love of his sister, the affectation of the mother. Casa busy that of Levi: we also live home sometimes accompanied by a seamstress named by the owner for making clothing. There are many family friends, all of them by name. It is a large list and the amazing living room Levi brings together the cream of the intellectual world of that time. The narration of the events is the background story: there is the rise of Mussolini's racial laws and the Resistance. Topics that are addressed with a natural modesty, especially the imprisonment of his father and the death of the first husband of Ginzburg, who manages to retain freshness and simplicity typical of his fiction. Between autobiography and memory the book is a collection of memories Proust that the passage of time makes it unstable and inaccurate. Is reproduced and sent a clear message by the author in the face of crushing and family dispersion caused by the war, from bereavement, separation and remoteness: the phrases, language, all those expressions that support and do recognize the ' each other clan members. This pronunciation of phrases have the capacity of union, of serenity, of aggregation of the ancient reports of past life, the consciousness of a household that ceases to exist, but thanks to the words survive over time. It is the language the foundation of the family, exists as long as we live, recreates and revives in the most hidden, unexpected and distant land. It is precisely this clear message, our siblings, parents, friends who are witnesses to what we were and now we will not be.