Aristocratic, rich and seemingly aloof, the Finzi-Contini family fascinate the narrator of this tale, a young Jewish boy in the Italian city of Ferrara. But it is not until he is a student in 1938, when anti-semitic legislation is enforced, that he is invited into their luxurious estate. As their gardens become a haven for persecuted Jews, the narrator becomes entwined in the lives of the family, and particularly close to Micòl, their daughter. Many years after the war has ended, he reflects on his memories of the Finzi-Continis, his experiences of love and loss, and the fate of the family and community in the horrors of war.

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis won the Viarreggio prize in 1962 and has sold more than a million copies in Italy alone.

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Title: The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
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