Books by Adria Bernardi

 
         
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The Rings of the Universe
Selected Poems

Ubaldo de Robertis
Translation © 2016 by Adria Bernardi.
Italian text © Ubaldo de Robertis.

Cover art: Acruto Vitali (1903–1990), Tastiere (Linguaggio dell'Universo) / Keyboards
(The Language of the Universe), 1963.

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Chelsea Editions

 

 
         
         
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Dead Meander

Cover art: “Am”  © 2005–2006 by Ann Worthing

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Kore Press

Each essay is a fragment of memory that twines forward and back in time, place, birth and death,...

— Eve Rifkah

 
         
         
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Openwork

Cover art: “Backyard: Chicago (wire)” by Ann Worthing

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Southern Methodist University Press

“In prose as radiant and emotionally precise as Virginia Woolf’s, Bernardi illuminates the working lives and longings of coal miners and wet-nurses, seamstresses, stone masons, and housewives, brilliantly rendering a century in the life of an Italian-American family.” 

— Andrea Barrett

 
         
         
 


 

The Day Laid on the Altar

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University of New England Press / Plume

“This exquisitely crafted novel. . .  seamlessly interweaves three stories into a superb evocation of sixteenth century Italy. . .  A reflective tale of art and spiritual survival.” 

— Margaret Flanagan, Booklist

 

 
         
         
 

 

In the Gathering Woods

Cover art: "Sui Generis" © 1999 by Ann Worthing

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University of Pittsburgh Press

“Craft and imagination distinguish this short-story cycle about a long bloodline originating in a remote Italian mountain village. . . Her distinctive technique, both panoramic and pointillist, has a unique power to make visible minor ancestral inheritances that time tends to rub out.” 

— Laura Demanksi, Chicago Tribune

 
         
         
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Chronic Hearing
Selected Poems 1977-2012

Cristina Annino
Translated by Adria Bernardi

Cover art:L’udito cronico: l’universo è questa foglia che mi tocca la testa
© 2006 by Cristina Annino

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Chelsea Editions

The first reading keeps us on the page as if it’s magnetized...

— Nadia Agustoni

 
         
         
 

 

Chernobylove
The Day After the Wind

Francesca Pellegrino

Selected Poems 2008-2010
selected, edited, and translated by Adria Bernardi

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Chelsea Editions

If you look at each single word, you'll find a flinch in it, a sudden nervous twitch that makes it new and gives it a forcefulness all its own.

— Gianmario Lucini

 
         
         
 

 

Siren's Song: Selected Poetry and Prose 1989-2009

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Rinaldo Caddeo
Translated from the Italian by Adria Bernardi

Cover art © by Salvatore Carbone


Chelsea Editions

 “A poetry for brain shocks, visions and encounters with elemental emblems of time and being: the moth, the bat, the infant, the statue, the tree, the hare, the leaf, the wind.”

— Giorgio Barberi-Squarotti

 
         
         
 

 

Small Talk

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Raffaello Baldini
Translated from romagnole dialect by Adria Bernardi

Cover art “La solitudine del venditore di pallone” © 1968 by Guilio Turci

Gradiva Publications
poetry

"Each translation manages to create a true 'character' — a persona through which we can hear the living sound of this bustling, crowded, factually packed, local life.  In this, (Bernardi) performs with great effect the true ‘bringing-over’ task of the translator." 

— Geoffry Brock

 
         
         
 

 

Page Proof

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Raffaello Baldini
Edited and Introduction by Daniele Benati
Translated from the romagnole dialect by Adria Bernardi

Bordighera Press
theatrical monologue

 
         
         
 

 

Adventures in Africa

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Gianni Celati
Translated from the Italian by Adria Bernardi

The University of Chicago Press
account of Gianni Celati’s journey through Senegal, Mali and Mauritania

“(Adventures in Africa) is, like all the best traveler’s books, not a tourist book but a book of self-transport, self-investigation, self-transfiguration. That this ‘tourist’ has the nose, eyes, ears, curiosity, endurance, common sense and uncommon literary power to experience and then verbalize sights, sounds and odors, makes the book a good one to take on a trip to Mali, Mauritania and Senegal.”

— Richard Stern

 
         
         
 

 

Abandoned Places

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Tonino Guerra
translated from the romagnole dialect by Adria Bernardi
poetry

“. . . full of humor, harshness, loveliness, startling imagery, political consciousness and humanity. . . Guerra’s imagery, narrative and sense of timing — and Bernardi’s, in translation — produce stunning poems in English.”

— Daisy Fried

 
         
         
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Houses with Names: The Italian Immigrants of Highwood, Illinois

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University of Illinois Press

“the gift of history alive” 

— Studs Terkel

 
         
         

 

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