Chiaromonte, Nicola
October 1953
New Republic;10/5/53, Vol. 129 Issue 10, p16
The article focuses on the book "Il mare non bagna Napoli," by Anne Marie Ortese. The author presents certain remarks in the book about the struggle between "Nature" and "Reason" in the South that could well apply to the moral and culturar situation of Italy as a whole. Nature dominates the Italian scene, and it is particularly visible in the narrative literature of today, when practically everybody claims to be a "realist," that is to convey a definite experience rather than a literary mood. In Ortese's book, the critics have highly praised the two short stories, while tending to dismiss the straightforward descriptions of Neapolitan life which constitute the real merit of the volume.


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