At the same time in Italy, Marta Felicina Faccio, who later became a leading feminist, published her first book under the pseudonym Sibilla Aleramo. A Woman is a groundbreaking, earthquaking vision, a story and a manifesto, and a literary performance so energetic it almost demands to be read aloud. How could it be otherwise? When the family moves from Milan to southern Italy, things get worse.
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At the same time in Italy, Marta Felicina Faccio, who later became a leading feminist, published her first book under the pseudonym Sibilla Aleramo. A Woman is a groundbreaking, earthquaking vision, a story and a manifesto, and a literary performance so energetic it almost demands to be read aloud. How could it be otherwise? When the family moves from Milan to southern Italy, things get worse. In a shocking, disorienting scene, her mother tries to take her own life and never fully recovers. It leads to a suicide attempt of her own.
But from this crisis comes an awakening, delivered in prose that ascends to a higher and higher pitch, eventually leaping out with such force that the words almost crash on to the opposite page. At last I had got a hold of myself; at last I had accepted the hard task of walking alone, of struggling alone, of bringing into the light everything within me that was unpolished, beautiful and strong. Where does this inhuman idea of maternal self-immolation come from?
It has been passed down from mother to daughter for centuries. It has produced a monstrous causal chain. As the title suggests, A Woman in a new translation by Simon Carnell and Erica Segre; the book has been out of print since seeks to be both individual and universal, and its influence echoes still.
It was more than 30 years before she would see him again. To order a copy go to guardianbookshop. Topics Fiction Book of the day.
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A Woman by Sibilla Aleramo review – groundbreaking
If you think that Elena Ferrante wrote the first Italian feminist autobiographical novel, you are nearly a hundred years out of date. This novel was first published in , though probably written three or four years previously, and certainly set the tone for literary feminism in Italy. Indeed, it is almost certain that Ferrante read this book and Italian literary critics have compared the two. Though not well-known in the English-speaking world, though it has been translated into English and is readily available in English translation, it is well-known in Italy and elsewhere in continental Europe. Aleramo gives us a straightforward autobiography but it is told from a feminist perspective and she freely comments on issues that arise in her life.
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Was this what all women were destined for? When her carefree, aspirational childhood in a seaside town is brought brutally to an end, the nameless narrator of Sibilla Aleramo's blazing autobiographical novel discovers the shocking reality of life for a woman in Italy at the dawn of the twentieth century. As she begins to recognize the similarities between her own predicament and the plight of her mother and the women around her, she becomes convinced that she must escape her fate. Unashamed and remarkably ahead of its time, A Woman is a landmark in European feminist writing. The first Italian feminist novel Sibilla Aleramo , the pseudonym of Marta Felicina Faccio, was an Italian author and poet best known for producing some of the first feminist writing in Italy and for her autobiographical depictions of life as a woman in late nineteenth-century Italy. For the latest books, recommendations, offers and more.
Sibilla Aleramo born Marta Felicina Faccio , Alessandria , 14 August — Rome , 13 January was an Italian feminist writer and poet best known for her autobiographical depictions of life as a woman in late 19th century Italy. Aleramo was born as Marta Felicina Faccio a. At 11, she moved with her family to Civitanova Marche , where her father had been appointed manager of a glass factory. Unable to continue her education beyond primary school, Aleramo continued to study on her own, seeking advice from her former teacher about what to read. While employed in the same factory where her father worked, she was raped in an empty office room by Ulderico Pierangeli, a co-worker ten years her senior, when she was only Rina did not tell her parents about the event, and when Pierangeli asked for her hand, she was persuaded by her family to marry him.
Una donna is a novel by Sibilla Aleramo , and is one of the first explicitly feminist Italian novels. While the novel is autobiographical , no characters are named. The novel is told in three parts and begins with the protagonist as a young girl, describing her childhood. The relationship between the protagonist and her father was very influential to her development, and he encouraged his daughter to read, study, and foster a sense of surety and independence. Her mother is less present and the young protagonist views her as weak and submissive in comparison to her father. When the protagonist was eight years old her father decided to leave Milan and his position as an engineer, and move the family to the South. There, he took up management of a factory and eventually employed his daughter as a secretary when she was around twelve.