L'Opera Italiano

L'Opera Italiano

by Frank De Felitta

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Author Frank De Felitta has written a novelization of the tumultuous life of his father - the brilliant painter but terrible husband, Pasquale Autori. "L'Opera Italiano" is an epic love story about Pasquale's life as a Don Juan, his uncontainable sexuality, and the broken promise made by two childhood sweethearts to love each other forever. It's also about Pasquale's career as a struggling artist in America, and chronicles what life was like for immigrants in New York in the early 20th century.

The tale begins with Pasquale's birth in Italy and the birth of a baby girl named Nina. Pasquale and Nina became childhood sweethearts and pledge themselves to each other for eternity. Yet Pasquale immigrates to America in 1903 to seek a fortune and quickly falls in with the Tammany boss of Little Italy. He marries the Boss' youngest daughter, Jenny. The two have a loveless marriage yet start a family. The story includes a harrowing account of the author's own birth, which he nearly didn't survive. When childhood sweetheart Nina follows her beloved Pasquale to America, she attempts to destroy his marriage and kill the author's mother Jenny. The book is about family resentments, eternal love, passion, art, and the quest for forgiveness.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940014476836
Publisher: Frank De Felitta
Publication date: 04/28/2012
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

"Frank De Felitta, an award-winning documentary film director, author of several best-selling novels and a film director, has written, in L'Opera Italiano, a loving but hard headed and level-eyed memoir of his father, an illiterate Italian immigrant, a womanizer and a gifted mural painter. The feuds and loves are played out in all their foibles, dishonesties, generosities and passion but always with intensity, without sentimentality but with, as is De Felitta’s gift, a full human understanding. At the age of 90, De Felitta’s mastery of storytelling art has combined with decades of deep reflection on the meaning of his family’s lives. L'Opera Italiano is beautifully illustrated with old photographs and mementos including puppets which De Feliita has made. It is a book straight from a rich heart which will be a joy for those who also read from the heart."

Steve Weiner
Author of Sweet England

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