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Prisoners of Hope

Prisoners of Hope

The Silver Age of the Italian Jews, 1924–1974

H. Stuart Hughes

ISBN 9780674707283

Publication date: 02/01/1996

The eminent cultural historian H. Stuart Hughes examines the works of Italo Svevo, Alberto Moravia, Carlo Levi, Primo Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, and Giorgio Bassani—six Italian prose writers of Jewish or part-Jewish origin—and gracefully shows how these writers combine in various measures their ancestral Jewish heritage with recent experiences of antisemitic persecution.


  • The years between 1924 and 1974 may indeed have been a silver age for the Italian Jews, but for Italian prose literature the age was golden. This distinguished book, which combines the expert skills of a seasoned historian with the understanding of a literary critic steeped in the language and literature of his subject, offers a challenging interpretation to those who already know these writers, and will serve as a masterly introduction for those whom it will inspire to make their acquaintance.

    —Bernard Knox, New York Review of Books


  • H. Stuart Hughes (1916–1999) was Professor of History, Emeritus, at the University of California, San Diego.

Book Details

  • 5-3/8 x 8-1/4 inches
  • Harvard University Press

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