Ernesto is sixteen years old and ready for life to begin. His curiosity leads him into an affair with an older man – the first step on his journey to adulthood... Full of tenderness, humour and warmth, Ernesto is a beautifully rendered coming-of-age story set in fin de siècle Trieste.
Written in 1953, but not published until 1975, Ernesto is the great Italian author Umberto Saba's secret novel.
Umberto Saba (1909-1957) was an Italian novelist and poet. Raised by his Jewish mother in the ghetto of Trieste, he became best-known for his great confessional poems collected in Canzoniere, 'a sort of Odyssey of man in our times'.