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By Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella

The award successful Accabadora is a phenomenal English-language debut, written with fascinating subtlety reflecting a sensual photograph of neighborhood Italian lifestyles and demise in villages in the course of the 1950's. A time the place relatives ties and duties nonetheless make a decision a lot of life's ebb and circulation. A needs to learn in the event you love a marginally of the unusual.

Formerly appealing and at one time betrothed to a fallen soldier, Bonaria Urrai has a protracted held covenant with the useless. Midwife to the death, easing their ache and infrequently finishing it, she is respected and feared in equivalent degree because the village's Accabadora. whilst Bonaria adopts Maria, the unloved fourth baby of a widow, she attempts to protect 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 keep on with, Maria rejects her and flees Sardinia for Turin. Adrift within the gigantic urban, Maria strives as ever to discover love and attractiveness, yet her efforts are overshadowed via the creeping wisdom of a debt unpaid, of an obligation and future that needs to in the future be hers.

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

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By Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella

The award successful Accabadora is a phenomenal English-language debut, written with fascinating subtlety reflecting a sensual photograph of neighborhood Italian lifestyles and demise in villages in the course of the 1950's. A time the place relatives ties and duties nonetheless make a decision a lot of life's ebb and circulation. A needs to learn in the event you love a marginally of the unusual.

Formerly appealing and at one time betrothed to a fallen soldier, Bonaria Urrai has a protracted held covenant with the useless. Midwife to the death, easing their ache and infrequently finishing it, she is respected and feared in equivalent degree because the village's Accabadora. whilst Bonaria adopts Maria, the unloved fourth baby of a widow, she attempts to protect 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 keep on with, Maria rejects her and flees Sardinia for Turin. Adrift within the gigantic urban, Maria strives as ever to discover love and attractiveness, yet her efforts are overshadowed via the creeping wisdom of a debt unpaid, of an obligation and future that needs to in the future be hers.

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

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Puoi tenerlo, basta che ci badi tu. Maria annuì, accettando l’autorizzazione che in effetti non aveva chiesto. Un cane nato per morire come maledizione non era cosa per cui dire scusa o grazie. Rimase accanto al camino accarezzando il cucciolo, mentre i Bastìu venivano accompagnati alla porta in un silenzio gonfio di progetti. Quando Bonaria tornò e furono sole, si venne a sedere sull’altro scanno davanti al fuoco. Senza una parola iniziò a gettare tra le fiamme la pietra rotonda, la cordicella e il sacchetto del tentato maleficio, muovendo piano le labbra come se masticasse.

Nicola più di Andrìa aveva imparato tutto e in fretta, che il ragazzo non era di quelli venuti al mondo per fare ombra. Per questo il padre non aveva aspettato che scendesse il buio per portarselo appresso a casa di Bonaria Urrai insieme a quello che avevano trovato nel muretto, cane compreso. Seduti al tavolo della cucina di casa Urrai, padre e figlio osservavano in silenzio le dita magre di Tzia Bonaria esaminare la cosa, mentre Maria seduta vicino al camino teneva il cucciolo addormentato sulle ginocchia.

Forse ha fatto anche un vestito a Vincenzo, quando era presidente del comitato, ti ricordi Bissè? – ammiccò al marito che ascoltava con interesse. – Ha mani d’oro, anche se di lavorare non avrebbe bisogno. Certo ti tratterà molto bene… – commentò, indirizzando uno sguardo sbilenco ad Anna Teresa Listru. – Come una figlia mi tratta, non mi manca nulla, – la risposta di Maria fu automatica e compita, replica perfetta mille volte ripetuta. – Ma prendetene un altro, li ha fatti Bonacatta. Maria protese il vassoio come una mano in elemosina, in un accenno curioso di inchino che per un istante nascose ai presenti la sua espressione.

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