Partisan Wedding by Renata Vigano

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A generation of Italian authors dedicated their lives, their works, and their voices to the primary driving force behind twentieth-century narratives of World War II. Renata Viganò was an active member of the Italian Resistance during World War II, and, like many of her male counterparts, she depicted the actions of the brave people who contributed to and participated in the partisan movement. Unlike her counterparts, however, Viganò vividly portrayed the experiences of women, notably women on the front line, in her posthumously published Matrimonio in brigata, here translated for the first time in English as Partisan Wedding.

"If it had not been for them, the women . . . who got used to men's business,' . . . the partisan army would have lost a vital, necessary force." The women in Partisan Wedding joined the struggle for many reasons; some for their husbands, others for their fathers, brothers, or sons; some for a sense of justice and the desire to do what was right. Whatever the cause, Viganò demonstrates that women maintained the ability to nurture and to care, to preserve their female qualities in the face of war.

Because of her own role as a partisan, the stories in Partisan Wedding are based on Viganò's personal experiences. Two stories in the collection are specifically autobiographical: "Acquitted" and "My Resistance." Relating her own plight to find her husband, a partisan commander, after his sudden arrest, "Acquitted" aptly conveys Viganò's struggle to maintain her strength in the face of complete helplessness. "My Resistance" is a personal account of her own experiences during the war and the women she met along the way.

Partisan Wedding is an invaluable contribution to the literature of the Second World War, completing the picture of those involved in the struggle for freedom. Viganò's remarkable prose, equally beautiful and terrible in its description of the minute details of human suffering and sacrifice, opens a window to a world that has rarely been seen, and a world not easily forgotten.


About Renata Vigano

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About the Author Renata Viganò was the author of several books of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction. She is best known for her novelL'Agnese va a morire,which was adapted for cinema by Giuliano Montaldo in the 1970s. About the Translator Suzanne Branciforte is a member of the Foreign Languages Department at the University of Genoa in Italy. She is the author ofParliamo italiano!
Published November 25, 1999 by University of Missouri. 248 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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""Nigrein loved her battle name,"" writes Vigan in ""Trap Shoot."" ""She had almost forgotten her real name, Adelia, which seemed too bombastic and solemn for her."" Though her fiction makes palpable the constant tensions and hazards of partisan life, Vigan 's Marxist politics, especially in the...

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