Books: Florentine Adolescents

THE NAKED STREETS (217 pp.)—I/osco Pratolini—A. A. Wyn ($3).

The Naked Streets is another skillful piece of Italian fiction—and another example of the seemingly endless backlog of Italian writing that finds its belated way to U.S. publication. Vasco Pratolini wrote The Naked Streets in 1943, between chores in the resistance movement, and first published it eight years ago.

It is a tender-tough little story about a gang of kids who grew up, much too fast, in the dirty but lively Santa Croce quarter of Florence. Unlike most of the half-forgotten U.S. proletarian novelists of two...

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