The fifth book in Bassani's Romanzo di Ferrara sequence, and his final novel, The Heron is a taut, poignant portrait of a middle-aged man's reckoning with his life. 'It struggled to keep itself aloft, to gain height. But then it suddenly gave up, and dropped as though it were breaking into many pieces' Early on a cold Sunday morning, forty-five-year-old Edgardo Limentani gets up to join a shooting party in the countryside surrounding the town of Ferrara. As the day passes, he contemplates his past, his disappointments and how he has got here. Like the birds he shoots, he realizes, he is trapped, broken, waiting alone for the final coup de grace. Then he sees a way out.

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July 1970 : UK Hardback
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Title: The Heron
Author(s): Giorgio Bassani
ISBN: 0-297-00116-7 / 978-0-297-00116-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Littlehampton Book Services Ltd
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April 1970 : USA Hardback
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Title: The Heron
Author(s): Giorgio Bassani
ISBN: 0-15-140095-4 / 978-0-15-140095-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Paperback Editions

May 2018 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Heron (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Giorgio Bassani
ISBN: 0-14-119214-3 / 978-0-14-119214-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
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June 1993 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Heron (Quartet Encounters)
Author(s): Giorgio Bassani
ISBN: 0-7043-0186-5 / 978-0-7043-0186-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Quartet Books
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May 1986 : USA Paperback

Title: Heron
Author(s): Giorgio Bassani
ISBN: 0-15-640085-5 / 978-0-15-640085-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harcourt Publishers Ltd
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July 1970 : UK Paperback
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Title: The Heron
Author(s): Giorgio Bassani
ISBN: 0-586-03338-6 / 978-0-586-03338-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
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Kindle Editions

July 2018 : Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: The Heron (Penguin Modern Classics)
Author(s): Giorgio Bassani
Publisher: Penguin
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