Set in Ferrara, Italy during the late 1930s, the book tells the story of the Finzi-Continis, a wealthy, aristocratic Jewish family who live in a secluded mansion with a beautiful, walled garden. The narrator, a young middle-class Jew, becomes infatuated with the family's daughter, Micoleta. As the Fascist regime's anti-Jewish laws become increasingly oppressive, the idyllic garden becomes a sanctuary for the local Jewish community, including the narrator. Despite the looming threat of the Holocaust, the family remains oblivious to their impending fate, leading to a tragic end.
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This book is on the following lists:
- 13th on El Pais Favorite Books of 100 Spanish Authors (El Pais)
- 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (The Book)
- Best Foreign Work of Fiction Chosen by Francophone Writers (French literary magazine Transfuge)