F. Scott Fitzgerald. Il grande Gatsby. Trans. Franca Cavagnoli. Milan, Italy: Feltrinelli, 2011 [Book review]

2017-05-23T12:59:15Z (GMT) by Allira Hanczakowski
<i>The Great Gatsby</i> is a notable classic of American literature written by novelist and short story writer F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896- 1940), first published in 1925. He is arguably one of the greatest writers of the 20th century and the success of <i>The Great Gatsby</i> proves to be nothing less than one of his greatest works. The novel is set in the 1920’s, the period of the Jazz Age and the Roaring Twenties. Fitzgerald’s novel portrays this era by encompassing themes such as social and moral values, parties, and jazz music, contrasting with darkness, and a sense of loneliness and hardship that followed the First World War. Italian translator, writer and professor Franca Cavagnoli, took on the challenge of translating this classic for the Italian speaking world; her very admirable translation was published in 2011 and won the “von Rezzori Prize” for translation that same year. Fitzgerald is greatly valued in the Italian speaking world, with the majority of his English-language works being translated, many by the prestigious publishing company Mondadori.