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By Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella

The award successful Accabadora is an outstanding English-language debut, written with exciting subtlety reflecting a sensual photo of neighborhood Italian lifestyles and loss of life in villages throughout the 1950's. A time the place kinfolk ties and responsibilities nonetheless come to a decision a lot of life's ebb and circulation. A needs to learn should you love a marginally 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 demise, easing their pain and occasionally 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 protect the woman from the reality approximately her function as an angel of mercy. Moved by means of the pleas of a tender guy crippled in an twist of fate, she breaks her golden rule of familial consent, and within the recriminations that persist with, Maria rejects her and flees Sardinia for Turin. Adrift within the sizeable urban, Maria strives as ever to discover love and recognition, 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 provided seven significant literary prizes, together with Italy's prestigious Premio Campiello.

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Contraddicendo i suoi peggiori sospetti, la vecchia Urrai non sembrò fare alcuna resistenza, tanto che Maria si presentò nel pomeriggio del giorno stabilito per fare i dolci di mandorle senza bisogno di chiedere due volte la stessa cosa. Forse in fondo ci si poteva lavorare su, approfittando del fatto che sul grande tavolo centrale del soggiorno ci fosse il clima frenetico degli eventi irripetibili. In bella mostra stavano allineati tutti gli ingredienti necessari per gli amaretti, e in quella filiera profumata ciascun paio di mani, comprese quelle della futura sposa, aveva il suo preciso tempo di intervento.

La rimbeccò Bonacatta con malizia, forte dell’autorità dei suoi venticinque anni. – Sei quella che ha studiato di più, tu! – Regina non avrebbe mai ammesso che a lei studiare non era dispiaciuto, e non si lasciò sfuggire quell’occasione per aggiungere legna sul rossore di sua sorella. L’umiliazione di Giulia trovò soccorso inatteso nella madre, che di solito non interveniva in quei battibecchi, se non degeneravano in disturbo per lei. – La scuola non serve, – sancì. – Una volta che hai imparato a fare la firma e a contare il resto in negozio, quello basta, che mica devi fare il dottore.

Qxp accabadora 30-03-2009 11:13 Pagina 39 39 giro del vassoio. La mano callosa di Antonio Luigi si protese verso i dolci, mentre Maria alzava gli occhi a sostenere lo sguardo del promesso sposo di sua sorella. – Tu sei capace a fare i dolci? Era la prima volta in tutto il pomeriggio che Maria lo sentiva parlare, e la voce baritonale era bassa e scandita, piena di note gravi. Contadino di terre sue, a venticinque anni Antonio Luigi Cau era uomo da almeno dieci. Sorpresa dalla domanda diretta, la ragazzina abbassò gli occhi al vassoio.

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