Bassani grew up in Ferrara.
It became a best-seller in its native land, and was awarded the Strega Prize (previously given to Bassani, Elsa Morante, Levi, Natalia Ginzburg, et al.).
Bassani also wrote L’odore del fieno (1972; The Smell of Hay).
Another writer who was eminent both as novelist and short-story writer was Giorgio Bassani.
But the rest of Italy’s stellar postwar generation—Carlo Levi, Alberto Moravia, Cesare Pavese, Elsa Morante, Giorgio Bassani, Ginzburg—have been widely neglected in recent decades.
Giorgio Bassani, (born March 4, 1916, Bologna, Italy—died April 13, 2000, Rome), Italian author and editor noted for his novels and stories examining individual lives played out against the background of modern history.
The collection Cinque storie ferraresi (1956; Five Stories of Ferrara, also published as Prospect of Ferrara; reissued as Dentro le mura, 1973, “Inside the Walls”), five novellas that describe the growth of fascism and anti-Semitism, brought Bassani his first commercial success and the Strega Prize (offered annually for the best Italian literary work).
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The collection Cinque storie ferraresi 1956 Five Stories of Ferrara also published as Prospect of Ferrara reissued as Dentro le mura 1973 Inside the Walls five novellas that describe the growth of fascism and anti-Semitism brought Bassani his first commercial success and the Strega Prize offered annually for the best Italian literary work