The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

4 April 2015
An analysis of Giorgia Bassani’s novel, The Garden of the Finzi-Continis.

This paper provides a discussion of The Garden of the Finzi-Continis. It examines a dominant theme of the novel, that of a family living in isolation in an attempt to escape the forces of history. The author examines the characters and their actions, and the inevitability of their confrontation with the outside world.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis by Giorgio Bassani depicts how an aristocratic Italian family who has largely dwelled in cloistered isolation behind the walls of their garden must gradually open their garden to other Jews of other classes and are then finally are deported from their beloved home. The Fascist racial laws of the Italian government break down the constructions of class the Finzi-Continis have used to block themselves away from others and from the middle-class Jews of Italy behind their stone, entombing walls. One of these Jews of the middle-class narrates the novel and provides a kind of foil for the elevated perspective of the Finzi-Continis.

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