This short, eloquent novel is the story of a festival - the celebration of a love affair in a summer countryside - and of the anti-climax that follows festivals. It takes place in a festive setting of pastoral beauty and antiquity, and all elements contribute to the celebration, while the participants act within their knowledge of the approaching evening.
Sophie, half English, half Italian, meets Trancredi, an Italian separated from his wife and family, and in telling the story of their encounters in Italy, Miss Hazzard punctures the placid surface of civilized society to reveal subtle yearnings and unexpected responses in sophisticated, self-analyzing people. Sophie's aunt Luisa, impartial, sceptical and reliable, provides the ironic counterpoint which is so much a part of Miss Hazzard's tough-minded, anti-sentimental observation of the nature of love and the nature of human beings.
Original title: The Evening of the Holiday
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction