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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 loss of life in villages throughout the 1950's. A time the place kinfolk ties and duties nonetheless come to a decision a lot of life's ebb and circulate. A needs to learn if you happen to love a slightly 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 loss of life, easing their agony 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 safeguard the lady from the reality approximately her position as an angel of mercy. Moved by means 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 with, Maria rejects her and flees Sardinia for Turin. Adrift within the substantial urban, Maria strives as ever to discover love and reputation, yet her efforts are overshadowed by way of the creeping wisdom of a debt unpaid, of an obligation and future that needs to sooner or later be hers.

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

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Era alto persino seduto e non aveva detto ancora nulla, lasciando parlare i suoi genitori, un po’ secondo l’usanza e un po’ perché non aveva molto da dire che non fosse già stato detto. – È tua figlia anche questa, Anna? Pensavo fossero tre –. Gli occhi della madre dello sposo sembravano attratti dalla figura sottile di Maria, mentre con le dita tozze afferrava due amaretti dal vassoio. – È Mariedda nostra, l’ultima. L’ho data a fill’e anima sette anni fa, ma quando serve viene volentieri a dare una mano.

Poi la porse alla madre con aria di sfida. – Lo sai perché i gueffus si chiamano gueffus? Anna Teresa Listru la guardò come se fosse diventata matta, mentre le sorelle avevano smesso di muovere le mani per godersi la scena. – Che domanda. Si chiamano così perché si sono sempre chiamati così. – Sì, ma perché? 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.

Maria rise a sua volta, sentendosi avvampare dall’imbarazzo. Se Bonaria se ne accorse fece finta di niente. – Hanno fissato la data per il tredici di maggio, sennò poi è troppo vicina a Pentecoste. – Devi andare ad aiutare? – Sì, mi hanno chiesto per i dolci e per il pane. – Per i dolci va bene, per il pane solo se è di sabato. Non voglio che perdi giorni di scuola. Non era mai stata ansiosa Maria di andare a lavorare nella casa natale, ma quella volta si impuntò come un mulo sordo. – Non sono mancata quasi mai, non verrà giù la scuola se manco un giorno perché si sposa mia sorella!

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