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By Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella

The award profitable Accabadora is a phenomenal English-language debut, written with exciting subtlety reflecting a sensual photograph of neighborhood Italian existence and dying in villages throughout the 1950's. A time the place family members ties and responsibilities nonetheless make a decision a lot of life's ebb and circulate. A needs to learn if you happen to love a slightly of the unusual.

Formerly appealing and at one time betrothed to a fallen soldier, Bonaria Urrai has a protracted held covenant with the useless. Midwife to the demise, 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 defend the lady from the reality approximately her position as an angel of mercy. Moved by way 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 popularity, 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 offered seven significant literary prizes, together with Italy's prestigious Premio Campiello.

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Qxp 46 30-03-2009 11:13 Pagina 46 michela murgia Per tre giorni interi la casa della sposa fu un vero formicaio, un viavai di parenti e vicine di casa con le sporte piene di ingredienti freschi e vassoi in prestito su cui riporre i dolci finiti. Le sorelle Listru lavorarono quasi senza sosta, alternandosi i compiti per dar vita al miracolo di un esercito di capigliette ricamate di zucchero come trine, chili di tiliccas gonfie di saba, cesti colmi di aranzada dal profumo speziato, scatole di latta piene di croccanti bamboline di zucchero, e centinaia di rotondi gueffus di mandorle, avvolti uno per uno a caramella nella carta velina bianca sfrangiata all’estremità come le torri guelfe.

Il rumore venne da dietro, vicino al muretto. Dapprima era solo un mugolio, un lamento soffocato, poi un verso più preciso. Maria si voltò nella direzione da cui sembrava provenire, spezzando l’erba secca con i passi rapidi. Il muretto piangeva. Maria ne percorse la linea irregolare per qualche metro, senza trovare nulla che smentisse quell’impressione. Il verso flebile arrivava proprio dalle pietre sovrapposte. – Maria, sono tornato! – la voce impaziente di Andrìa la raggiunse dal filare, ma la ragazza non gli diede retta.

L’altra scosse il capo diverse volte, sfuggendo lo sguardo come a celare un orlo di lacrime. – No, non parla più da settimane, – aggiunse poi. – Ma io a mio padre lo capisco. Apparentemente sazia di quella risposta, l’accabadora sporse la mano dallo scialle nero per sfiorare con delicatezza la fronte ossuta del vecchio. A quel tocco l’uomo aprì gli occhi, puntandole addosso le pupille sbiadite senza emettere neanche un gemito. – Gli avete tolto le benedizioni di dosso? – Tutte. Abbiamo controllato anche nei cuscini e nel materasso.

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