Luigi Meneghello

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Among that outstanding generation of Italian writers who came to maturity under Fascism and were shaped by the Resistance, Luigi Meneghello is one whose reputation has blossomed in recent years. When he first began to publish in the early 1960s, he seemed to stand apart from that distinguished cohort that includes Italo Calvino, Elsa Morante, Alberto Moravia, Cesare Pavese, Beppe Fenoglio, Giorgio Bassani and Natalia Ginzburg. Neither a neorealist nor an avant-gardist, his material was autobiographical, his style chiseled. The tone was ironic, oscillating rapidly between the elevated and the utterly colloquial. Several of his most accomplished works were labeled romanzi [novels], although “memoir” or “essay&…

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Randall, Frederika. "Luigi Meneghello". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 10 May 2012
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