The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini

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The international bestseller from Italy's foremost woman writer--now in paperback.

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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'eta 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 Ucria" (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. Several of her books have been made into films, and Maraini has also written screenplays for directors like Pier Paolo Pasolini, Carlo di Palma, and Margarethe Von Trotta. She is a prolific writer with more than fifty publications of novels, poetry, and plays. She lives in Rome, actively promoting theatre groups, playing a very active role in the literary scene, and speaking on tv and in national newspapers and magazines on the evolving economic and social conditions of Italian and European women. Vera Golini emigrated with her family to Canada from Abruzzo in 1956. She has been a professor of Italian studies at St. Jerome's University since 1975, and since 1997 has also directed the Women's Studies program at the University of Waterloo. She is currently president of the Canadian Society for Italian Studies.
Published January 1, 2000 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 261 pages
Genres: History, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Parenting & Relationships. Fiction

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Marianna’s sedulous cultivation of her unafflicted other senses, and gradual realization of the world of empowerment that reading and writing offer to her, are searchingly explored in a carefully paced story of intellectual and moral growth—a story that’s as much a charming fairy tale as an impec...

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The publication in America of Maraini's The Silent Duchess, originally issued in Italy as La hunga vita di Marianna Ucria (1990), is cause for rejoicing. Episodic and essentially plotless, but propell

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(Sicilian aristocrats were so idle and poor, though wealthy in unproductive land, that all members of the family were sacrificed to the eldest son and heir.) The only choices for women of her rank are either an arranged marriage (Marianna's father marries her at 13 to her uncle, who is also her a...

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The Independent

Maraini's great skill is that she does not allow the exploration of ideas to take over at the expense of the story, nor the story to obscure the ideas.

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Historical Novel Society

With Duke Petro dead she has three choices: a placid union with a man who admires her intellect – but admires his own even more;

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