Accabadora by Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella

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By Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella

The award profitable Accabadora is an outstanding English-language debut, written with fascinating subtlety reflecting a sensual photo of neighborhood Italian existence and dying in villages throughout the 1950's. A time the place relatives ties and responsibilities nonetheless come to a decision a lot of life's ebb and movement. A needs to learn when 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 ache and infrequently 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 safeguard the woman from the reality approximately her function as an angel of mercy. Moved through 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 mammoth urban, Maria strives as ever to discover love and recognition, yet her efforts are overshadowed through the creeping wisdom of a debt unpaid, of an obligation and future that needs to someday be hers.

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

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Mariedda nostra, l’ultima. L’ho data a fill’e anima sette anni fa, ma quando serve viene volentieri a dare una mano. Anna Teresa Listru rispose compiaciuta, per addobbare la realtà a suo comodo com’era abituata a fare. La consuocera in quella loquacità inattesa trovò spunto per incalzare direttamente Maria. – E di chi sei fill’e anima, gioia mia? Per un istante nella sala l’incrocio delle conversazioni sfumò in bisbiglio, mentre Maria rispondeva ignara del lampo d’allarme negli occhi della madre.

Se Andrìa avesse avuto quella certezza lo avrebbe fatto subito, anche a costo di prendersi due calci nel culo dal fratello, che per una cosa simile sarebbe stato capacissimo di suonargliele di cuore alla faccia dei suoi diciassette anni. Ma poiché certezze non ne aveva affatto, stabilì che in tutto quel fumo non c’era abbastanza arrosto, e senza saperlo si fece beffe del suo istinto per l’ultima volta nella vita. Per un uomo che aspiri al rispetto degli altri, le cose buone possono anche essere gratuite, ma quelle cattive devono essere sempre necessarie.

Noi senza scuola i dolci non li sapevamo fare, infatti. Ma cosa t’inventi? Maria smise di grattugiare il limone che aveva in mano e prese una delle palline di pasta di mandorle che Regina aveva appena finito di arrotondare. 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.

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