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The art of joy
Sapienza, Goliarda.
Personal Author:
First American edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Farrar, Straus and Giroux, [2013]

Physical Description:
xii, 684 pages ; 24 cm
"The art of joy centers on Modesta, a Sicilian woman born on January 1, 1900, whose strength and character are an affront to conventional morality. Impoverished as a child, Modesta believes she is destined for a better life. She is able, through grace and intelligence, to secure marriage to an aristocrat--without compromising her own deeply felt values. Friend, mother, lover--Modesta revels in upsetting the rules of her fascist, patriarchal society. This is the history of the twentieth century, transfigured by the perspective of one extraordinary woman. Sapienza, an intriguing figure in her own right--her father homeschooled her so she wouldn't be exposed to fascist influences and she became a reknowned actress and writer--drew on personal struggles to craft this powerful epic. A fictionalized memoir, a book of romance and adventure, a feminist text, a bildungsroman--this novel is ultimately undefinable but deeply necessary; its genius will leave readers breathless." -- Dust jacket.
General Note:
"Originally published in Italian in 1998 as L'arte della gioia."

Translation of: Arte della gioia.
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