Famiglia is a 1977 Italian novella, published by Natalia Ginzburg.
The narrative centers around Carmine, a middle aged architect and his many relationships, which take on plots of their own.
The story is an honest, biting reflection on the complexity of extended family and loss.
“He remembered nothing about himself in that moment, not the clothes he had on, nor the shoes, nor whatever wonders and curiosities wound and unwound in his head. All of that, his memory had thrown out as useless. Instead, it had preserved at random a little pile of minimal impressions, heartbreaking but slight. It had preserved the voices, the mud, the umbrellas, the people, the night”