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By Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella

The award successful Accabadora is an outstanding English-language debut, written with interesting subtlety reflecting a sensual photograph of neighborhood Italian lifestyles and demise in villages in the course of the 1950's. A time the place relations ties and responsibilities nonetheless make a decision a lot of life's ebb and circulation. A needs to learn when you love a slightly of the unusual.

Formerly appealing and at one time betrothed to a fallen soldier, Bonaria Urrai has an extended held covenant with the useless. Midwife to the loss of life, easing their agony 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 defend the woman from the reality approximately her position as an angel of mercy. Moved via 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 keep on with, Maria rejects her and flees Sardinia for Turin. Adrift within the massive urban, Maria strives as ever to discover love and popularity, yet her efforts are overshadowed by way of the creeping wisdom of a debt unpaid, of an obligation and future that needs to someday be hers.

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

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La donna fece un cenno significativo con gli occhi verso una porta di legno al lato della stanza, seminascosta da una credenza antica troppo ingombrante. – È nella camera di là, ormai lo spostiamo solo per le piaghe. Poi fece strada, seguita in silenzio dagli altri come in processione. Nella camera c’era la sola luce dell’abat-jour sul comodino accanto al letto, ma bastava a disegnare ombre informi sul capo scheletrico del vecchio che giaceva tra le coperte, con il viso sollevato da due guanciali.

Solo in casi eccezionali la vecchia accettava che la ragazzina andasse a lavorare in campagna, di solito in occasione della vendemmia con i Bastìu, o della raccolta delle olive. La vedova Listru pensava che da quando era andata a vivere con la Urrai, Maria si fosse convinta di essere diventata principessa: non aveva estratto da terra una sola patata, non si era chinata per scalzare una bietola, né si era mai immersa in risaia con un salario a cottimo come continuavano a fare le sue sorelle; soprattutto, aveva fatto capire chiaramente che non era il caso di chiamarla a fare il pane alle quattro del mattino.

Anna Teresa Listru aveva detto la verità alla consuocera: Maria veniva richiamata a casa ogni volta che serviva. Quello che non aveva precisato era che non ogni volta che veniva richiamata, poi arrivava davvero. Bonaria Urrai vigilava come un astore sul motivo di ogni singola richiesta, e se la riteneva inopportuna sapeva riservarsi il diritto di rifiutare. Non che dicesse no apertamente. Bastava accampare un orlo di gonna da finire con urgenza, o un’importante visita di controllo dal dottor Mastinu, e chi voleva capire capiva.

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