The Dry Heart (Paperback)

By Natalia Ginzburg, Frances Frenaye (Translator), Italo Calvino (Preface by)

New Directions Publishing Corporation, 9780811228787, 96pp.

Publication Date: June 25, 2019

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The Dry Heart begins and ends with the matter-of-fact pronouncement, "I shot him between the eyes." Everything in between is a plunge into the chilly waters of loneliness, desperation, and bitterness--and as the tale proceeds, the narrator's murder of her flighty husband takes on a certain logical inevitability.
In this powerful novella, Natalia Ginzburg's writing is white-hot, fueled by rage, stripped of any preciousness or sentimentality; she transforms an ordinary dull marriage into a rich psychological thriller that might pose the question: why don't more wives kill their husbands?