The Great Bear

by Ginevra Bompiani

MEMORY is the subject of Italian novelist and critic Ginevra Bompiani’s The Great Bear, a kaleidoscopic yet always lucid chronicle of childhood, love and emancipation. Recalling scenes from her years at a boarding school in the mountains, Lisa, the narrator, ponders the cruelty and exuberance of children. Reflecting on her life as an adult with her lover, Nahum, and later with a collective of female friends, she tries to recapture the freedom she both fears and desires.
Publishers Weekly, October 27, 2000)

Ginevra Bompiani’s L’Orso Maggiore, a long story or a short novel, depending on what you want to call it, was published in ’94 by Anabasi in Milan. Now it also speaks English, thanks to the attentive mediation of Brian Kern and Sergio Parussa. Italica Press of New York, always attentive to our concerns and on the mark in its editorial choices, is the publisher....

There’s a sort of clear similarity between Bompiani and Calvino. In both, in fact, there’s a magical and intricate mixing of philosophy and fantasy that expresses the obvious details of daily life and a mythical realism, where the smallest day-to-day things, apparently insignificant in themselves, come instead to play a determining role in the destiny and fortunes of these creatures.
(Franco Borrelli, America Oggi, June 9, 2002)

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