Accabadora by Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella

By Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella

The award successful Accabadora is an outstanding English-language debut, written with fascinating subtlety reflecting a sensual photograph of neighborhood Italian lifestyles and dying in villages throughout the 1950's. A time the place kinfolk ties and duties nonetheless come to a decision a lot of life's ebb and circulation. A needs to learn should you love a slightly of the unusual.

Formerly appealing and at one time betrothed to a fallen soldier, Bonaria Urrai has an extended held covenant with the lifeless. Midwife to the loss of life, easing their anguish 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 woman from the reality approximately her function as an angel of mercy. Moved via the pleas of a tender guy crippled in an coincidence, she breaks her golden rule of familial consent, and within the recriminations that keep on with, Maria rejects her and flees Sardinia for Turin. Adrift within the large 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 at some point be hers.

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

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O adesso tu sei diventata la grande e io la piccola? Non bastò quella frase secca a rimettere del tutto al suo posto la ragazza, che ebbe un ultimo sussulto di rabbia. – Anche se sono piccola non ho diritto di sapere le cose di casa? È mezzanotte passata, non ho nemmeno mangiato per aspettarvi… – L’uccello che non becca ha già beccato. Avrai avuto la pancia troppo piena dal matrimonio di tua sorella per farti da mangiare. Maria non rispose, si limitò a fissare il viso dell’anziana sarta e il suo scialle nero, ancora avvolto intorno al corpo come a ripararla dal freddo inesistente di un maggio tiepido persino di notte.

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. Mentre Salvatore Bastìu fissava il figlio giusto il tempo necessario a credergli, il muro gemette di nuovo e non ci fu bisogno di dire altro.

Entrarono in casa lasciando i cani fuori, a guardia della motocarrozzella. Nella stanza ad attenderla c’erano sei persone, un’intera famiglia intorno al tavolo sgombro, e si alzarono in piedi come a un appello. Oltre all’uomo che l’aveva accompagnata, il marito della donna che aveva aperto la porta, c’erano altri due uomini tra i trenta e i quarant’anni che fecero un segno di rispetto con il capo; vicino al camino c’erano anche due bambine in pigiama, con gli occhi assonnati di chi solitamente a quell’ora dorme già da un po’.

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