At a glance:
- Author: Natalia Ginzburg
- First Published: 1952
- Type of Work: Domestic realism
- Time of Work: From the late 1930’s through the end of World War II
- Setting: An unnamed town in northern Italy and the village of San Costanzo in southern Italy
- Characters: Anna, Ippolito, Giustino, Concettina, Giuma, Cenzo Rena
- Genres: Long fiction, Domestic realism, Novel
- Subjects: Children, Family or family life, Politics, Suicide, 1940's, World War II, 1930's, Italy or Italians
- Locales: Europe, Italy
All Our Yesterdays is divided chronologically and geographically. Part 1 describes the last school years and earliest adult experiences of the children of a middle-class provincial family in the late 1930’s. Part 2 takes Anna and her husband away to the southern village of San Costanzo. From their perspective the reader observes the impact of World War II on the family and on Italian society as a whole.
There is no single protagonist in the novel, which details the lives of the children of two neighboring families. Anna’s father, a widower,...
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