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- DescriptionIn the bitterly cold winter of 1943, the Italian countryside is torn apart by violence as partisans wage a guerilla war against the occupying German army and their local fascist allies. In the midst of this conflict, a ragtag group of fascist supporters captures a woman in the late stages of pregnancy. Suspecting her of being in league with the partisans, they hastily put her on trial by improvising a war tribunal one night in the choir stalls of the abandoned monastery that serves as their hide-out. This sham court convicts the woman and sentences her to die - but t until her child has been born. When a young seminarian visits the monastery and tries to dissuade the fascist band from executing their sentence, the absurd tragedy of the woman's fate is cast in stark relief. The child's birth approaches, an unnerving anticipation unfolds, and tension mounts omiusly among the characters and within their individual psyches. Based on a number of incidents that took place in Abruzzo during the war, Laudomia Bonanni's compact and tragic vel explores the overwhelming conflicts between ideology and community, justice and vengeance. The story is embedded in the cruel reality of Italian fascism, but its themes of revenge, sacrifice, and violence emerge as universal, delivered in prose that is at once lyrical and brutal. In her native Italy, Bonanni, a writer of journalism and critical prose as well as fiction, is hailed as one of the strongest proponents of postwar realism, and this is the first of her vels to be made available to English-language readers. Translators Susan Stewart and Sara Teardo render Bonanni's singular style - both sparse and emotive, frank and poetic - into readable, evocative English.
- Author BiographyLaudomia Bonanni (1907-2002) was one of the preeminent Italian writers of the mid-twentieth century, and this is her first book to be translated into English. Susan Stewart is the Avalon Foundation University Professor in the Humanities and director of the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts at Princeton University. A former MacArthur fellow, she is the author of many books, including the poetry collections Red Rover and Columbarium, winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award, and most recently, a work of prose entitled The Poet's Freedom. Sara Teardo is a lecturer in the Department of French and Italian at Princeton University.
- Author(s)Laudomia Bonanni
- PublisherThe University of Chicago Press
- Date of Publication03/05/2013
- SubjectGeneral & Literary Fiction
- Place of PublicationChicago, IL
- Country of PublicationUnited States
- ImprintUniversity of Chicago Press
- Weight363 g
- Width140 mm
- Height216 mm
- Spine23 mm
- Translated bySusan Stewart,Sara Teardo
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