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Title:
New Italian women : a collection of short fiction
Author:
King, Martha, 1928-
Publication Information:
New York : Italica Press, 1989.
Physical Description:
xiii, 203 pages ; 22 cm
General Note:
Translated from the Italian.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780934977166
Format :
Book

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Booklist Review

While some of the writers included in this anthology are already well known--e.g., Natalia Ginzburg, Elsa Morante--most of these Italian authors will be fresh discoveries for American readers. The collection delves back into the 1930s for examples of Paolo Drigo's regional realism and continues up to younger "new women" writers of the 1970s and 1980s. Religion, sex, food, and politics are frequent topics in these stories, always with a trenchant psychological insight into the Italian, the female, and the human condition. Biographies of writers and translators appended. Glossary. --John Brosnahan


Publisher's Weekly Review

Despite quixotic editing, this omnibus demonstrates the flexibility and sophistication of contemporary Italian fiction by women. Many writers here are not ``new'' (e.g., 1926 Nobelist Grazia Deledda, Elsa Morante, Natalia Ginzburg); half are represented by fiction that is ``short'' only because it is excerpted, often disadvantageously, from novels; and superfluous footnotes mar these pages. Nevertheless King, a translator (Vasco Pratolini's Family Chronicle ), includes riveting, previously untranslated works. Maria Occhipinti's autobiographical and impassioned ``The Benedictines'' describes a political prisoner's cruel confinement to a Sicilian jail managed by nuns and explicitly advocates reforms; Fabrizia Ramondino portrays a Neapolitan octogenarian matriarch in ``Perfetta's Day''; Milena Milani offers three lightning-swift vignettes; ``The Tree'' showcases Anna Maria Ortese's brilliant prose style. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved