The Fifth Estate

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ISBN 978-0-910395-30-4
Publication Date
January 1987
Page Count
163 pages
Trim Size
5 1/2 x 8 1/2

The Fifth Estate

Ferdinando Camon

The first of his three classic autobiographical novels, The Fifth Estate chronicles the passing in our own time of an ageless civilization, that of the peasant world Camon was born into. The trilogy--which also includes Life Everlasting and Memorial--has appeared in translation worldwide since its publication in the 1970s.

About the Author

Ferdinando Camon (born in Montagnana 1935) is a contemporary Italian writer. He is married to a journalist and has two sons: Alessandro Camon, a film producer/writer who lives in Los Angeles, and Alberto, who teaches criminal procedure and lives in Bologna. He has contributed to a number of Italian and foreign daily newspapers, including La Stampa, l'Unità, Avvenire, Le Monde, and La Nación.

"[A] wonderfully vibrant memoir. The narrator's voice is exultant with the pleasures of recalling the old days and ways that exist now only in memory. This 'cycle' is his eulogy and lament."
--Publishers Weekly

a "paean to the peasants—the lowliest, the least, the last—of rural Italy . . . told in long, lyrical sentences, beautifully translated, that unwind with the vivid details of stream-of-consciousness recall."

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