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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 loss of life in villages in the course of the 1950's. A time the place kin ties and tasks nonetheless come to a decision a lot of life's ebb and circulate. A needs to learn when you love a marginally 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 pain 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 guard the woman from the reality approximately her function as an angel of mercy. Moved by means of 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 great urban, Maria strives as ever to discover love and recognition, yet her efforts are overshadowed by means of the creeping wisdom of a debt unpaid, of an obligation and future that needs to sooner or later be hers.

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

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Il piccolo sacco di juta comparve dal punto più interno del muro, perfettamente inserito tra due massi concavi scolpiti con rozzezza allo scopo evidente di fargli posto. Nicola estrasse l’arresoja dalla tasca sotto gli sguardi tesi del padre e della madre. La lama lacerò la stoffa sporca con un rumore asciutto, rivelando quello che si agitava debolmente dentro il sacchetto. Era un cucciolo di cane. Vedendo con cosa era stato legato e sepolto, il segno della croce stavolta se lo fecero tutti. Persino Nicola.

Nicola Bastìu sembrava poco interessato alle dispute teologiche dei genitori. Muovendosi per terra come un cinghiale, esaminava la base del muretto a secco esplorando attento le fessure tra i massi, con le dita sporche e la fronte aggrottata. A un certo punto scavalcò il manufatto, violando il confine per perlustrarlo anche dalla parte del terreno di Manuele Porresu. Dopo qualche minuto si alzò da terra brusco come c’era finito, e con uno strano sguardo cercò gli occhi del padre. – Hanno spostato il confine.

Obbedendo a un impulso, le dita di Maria aprirono i bottoni alla ricerca rabbiosa di una promessa di femminilità migliore di quella; ma la camicia dischiusa non rivelò altro che la grana morbida e ancora infantile della pelle, sulla quale la catenina del battesimo riluceva incongrua come una ferita d’oro. Maria scoprì la linea timida del seno per seguirne il profilo fino alla piccola estremità, dove si fermò, sentendosi finita troppo presto. La delusione di sé le impedì di cogliere la grazia del busto sottile: nelle costole evidenti sotto la pelle trasparente quel che vide era solo un povero tentativo di donna.

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