Riccardo Bacchelli Walter Allen - Essay

Walter Allen

(Contemporary Literary Criticism)

Nothing New Under the Sun is the last novel of Signor Bacchelli's trilogy The Mill on the Po,… the first two parts of which appeared in English, under that title…. The whole forms a work of fiction on the grand scale, and though Bacchelli may not himself be among the greatest masters, at any rate he constantly reminds us of them and is not dwarfed to insignificance in the process. It would indeed be difficult to find a contemporary novel to set beside his trilogy. In a sense he is off the beaten track of modern fiction…. [History] is the additional element in which Bacchelli's characters live, and there is in a sense no story in his trilogy, though it is the story of successive generations of the...

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