My Husband Paperback – Mar 4 2004
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“This important collection of short stories by Dacia Maraini presents a fascinating, and at times disturbing, microcosm of the lives of women in Italy during the 1960s. With poignancy, humour, and a keen sense of the absurd, Maraini explores fundamental feminist issues such as female gender roles, sexuality, identity, and the violence of women’s everyday oppression. The stories in this volume provide a thought-provoking critique of the social mores and infrastructures that restrict urban women’s lives, casting a sometimes harsh light on the lives of women in Italy during a period of great social and political change. Vera Golini’s expert translation of this work makes this collection a compelling read.” (Luciana Ricciutelli, Editor, Canadian Woman Studies/les cahiers de la femme)
“In the translation of this collection of Maraini’s short stories, Vera Golini succeeds not only in capturing the spirit of her narrative but also in rendering Maraini’s own colloquial language, with its many nuances, into an English which is accurate, fluid, and extremely easy to read. As one reads these stories, Maraini’s world comes to life and the experiences of her characters become real and believable.” (Leonard G. Sbrocchi, University of Ottawa)
About the Author
Dacia Maraini was born in Florence in 1936. Her father’s profession as an anthropologist and his antifascist stance led the family to emigrate to Japan where, during the war, they were confined for two years in concentration camps. In 1945 the family returned to Sicily and, when her parents separated in 1954, Dacia moved to Rome with her father.
Maraini’s first two novels, La vacanza (The Holiday) and L’età del malessere (The Age of Indifference), published when she was twenty-six and twenty-seven, were instant international successes: the latter received the editors’ international Formentor prize and was instantly translated into twelve languages. In 1990 Maraini sealed her international success with the publication of the novel La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa (The Silent Duchess, Feminist Press, 1992) which stayed on Italy’s bestseller list for almost two years and won the prestigious Premio Campiello (Italy’s equivalent of the us National Book Award). It was published to critical acclaim in fourteen languages.