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- DescriptionA generation of Italian authors dedicated their lives, their works, and their voices to the primary driving force behind twentieth-century narratives of World War II. Renata Viga was an active member of the Italian Resistance during World War II, and, like many of her male counterparts, she depicted the actions of the brave people who contributed to and participated in the partisan movement. Unlike her counterparts, however, Viga vividly portrayed the experiences of women, tably women on the front line, in her posthumously published Matrimonio in brigata, here translated for the first time in English as Partisan Wedding. If it had t been for them, the women . . . who got used to men's business, ' . . . the partisan army would have lost a vital, necessary force. The women in Partisan Wedding joined the struggle for many reasons; some for their husbands, others for their fathers, brothers, or sons; some for a sense of justice and the desire to do what was right. Whatever the cause, Viga demonstrates that women maintained the ability to nurture and to care, to preserve their female qualities in the face of war.Because of her own role as a partisan, the stories in Partisan Wedding are based on Viga's personal experiences. Two stories in the collection are specifically autobiographical: Acquitted and My Resistance. Relating her own plight to find her husband, a partisan commander, after his sudden arrest, Acquitted aptly conveys Viga's struggle to maintain her strength in the face of complete helplessness. My Resistance is a personal account of her own experiences during the war and the women she met along the way. Partisan Wedding is an invaluable contribution to the literature of the Second World War, completing the picture of those involved in the struggle for freedom. Viga's remarkable prose, equally beautiful and terrible in its description of the minute details of human suffering and sacrifice, opens a window to a world that has rarely been seen, and a world t easily forgotten.
- Author BiographyRenata Vigano was the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She is best known for her novel L'Agnese va a morire, which was adapted for cinema by Giuliano Montaldo in the 1970s.Suzanne Branciforte is a member of the Foreign Languages Department at the University of Genoa in Italy. She is the author of Parliamo italiano!
- Author(s)Renata Vigano
- PublisherUniversity of Missouri Press
- Date of Publication31/10/1999
- SubjectShort Stories & Fiction Anthologies
- Place of PublicationMissouri
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Missouri Press
- Weight263 g
- Width210 mm
- Height200 mm
- Spine14 mm
- Translated bySuzanne Branciforte
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