Valentino: Natalia Ginzburg
Valentino is the spoiled child of doting parents who have no doubt he will be ‘a man of consequence’. His sisters, however, see him for what he really is: a lazy, indifferent and self-absorbed medical student who whiles away time with nights out on the town, resulting in a string of failed and incomplete classes. His parents’ dreams are soon undone when, out of the blue, Valentino brings home Maddalena, a wealthy and strikingly ugly wife. What ensues is yet another work of quiet devastation told with Ginzburg’s unflinching moral realism and keen psychological insight, as the family is scandalised by Valentino’s decision and suspicious of Maddalena’s motives.