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By Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella

The award profitable Accabadora is an outstanding English-language debut, written with interesting subtlety reflecting a sensual photograph of neighborhood Italian existence and loss of life in villages in the course of the 1950's. A time the place relatives ties and responsibilities nonetheless come to a decision a lot of life's ebb and movement. A needs to learn should you love a slightly of the unusual.

Formerly attractive and at one time betrothed to a fallen soldier, Bonaria Urrai has an extended held covenant with the lifeless. Midwife to the death, easing their pain and infrequently finishing it, she is respected and feared in equivalent degree because the village's Accabadora. while Bonaria adopts Maria, the unloved fourth baby of a widow, she attempts to defend the woman from the reality approximately her position as an angel of mercy. Moved by way of the pleas of a tender guy crippled in an coincidence, she breaks her golden rule of familial consent, and within the recriminations that stick to, Maria rejects her and flees Sardinia for Turin. Adrift within the vast urban, Maria strives as ever to discover love and recognition, yet her efforts are overshadowed by way of the creeping wisdom of a debt unpaid, of an obligation and future that needs to at some point be hers.

Accabadora has been provided seven significant literary prizes, together with Italy's prestigious Premio Campiello.

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La voce aveva la stessa fredda temperatura dell’aria esterna, quasi che la vecchia si fosse fatta spiffero per cambiare l’aria malsana della stanza. – Il Signore dà e il Signore toglie. Non possiamo prendere solo quello che ci piace. Nicola rise a quella frase fatta, ed era una risata secca, densa di tutta la rabbia di un uomo che si sente impotente per la prima volta. – Prete vi hanno nominato, Tzia Bonaria? Abbiamo un prete donna a Soreni e non lo sa nessuno! E adesso chi glielo dice a don Frantziscu che ha per viceparroco la figlia di Urrai?

Perché non si chiamano bombette, o… trictrac? Bonacatta si lasciò sfuggire una risatina, incassando subito lo sguardo di fuoco della madre. qxp accabadora 30-03-2009 11:13 Pagina 45 45 – Non lo so. E tu lo sai? Diccelo, maestra Maria, dài. Spiegaci questa cosa fondamentale. – Perché la parola deriva dai Guelfi, i combattenti che nel Medioevo sostennero il papa contro l’imperatore. – Interessante. Si tiravano palle di pasta di mandorle? Stavolta le altre risero tutte, ma Maria proseguì imperterrita.

Piuttosto mi ammazzo. Bonaria aveva occhi duri mentre lo ascoltava. Nonostante la sua nota inclinazione d’animo per Nicola, in quel momento non c’era nessun apparente cedimento alla commiserazione in quelle mani ossute senza anelli, intrecciate come un gomitolo tutto da lavorare. La voce aveva la stessa fredda temperatura dell’aria esterna, quasi che la vecchia si fosse fatta spiffero per cambiare l’aria malsana della stanza. – Il Signore dà e il Signore toglie. Non possiamo prendere solo quello che ci piace.

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