BORN 14 Jul 1916, Palermo - DIED 7 Oct 1991, Roma|
REAL NAME LÚvi, Natalia
GRAVE LOCATION Roma, Lazio: Cimitero Monumentale al Verano, Via del Verano (Reparto ex Civili, section 20, row 99, grave 5 (family plot with a cross))
Natalia Ginzburg was born Natalia LÚvi and grew up in Turin where
her father, a historian, worked at the university. She was raised
as an atheist. When she was seventeen years old she published
her first story, "I Bambini". |
She married the editor and journalist Leone Ginzburg (b.1909) on 12 Feb 1938 and with him she had two daughters and a son, the historian Carlo Ginzburg (b.1939). Allthough she mostly used the name Natalia Ginzburg from them on, her first novel was published under the name of Alessandra Tornimparte because of the anti-Semitism in Italy.
During the war her husband was exiled to a village in Abruzzo but they edited an anti-Fascist paper in Rome until he was arrested and died in 1944 after being tortured in jail.
Her second novel appeared in 1947 and she became a Catholic. In 1950 she married Gabriel Baldini (d.1969), who taught English literature. From him she had another daughter, Susanna Baldini (1954-2002), who was born handicapped. She moved to Rome with her husband and there she published some ofher major works, "Valentino" (1957), "Le voci della sera" (1961) and "Le piccole virt¨" (1962).
She had been a member of the Italian Communist party in the past, but she was elected to the Italian Parliament for another left-wing party in 1983. She died in 1991 and was buried beside her second husband. Her daughter Susanna was buried in the same grave in 2002.
Natalia Ginzburg | Jewish Women's Archive