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The Madonna of The Mountains

The Madonna of The Mountains

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ISBN
9780571336326
Published
29/03/2018
9780571336326
Format
Hardback
Price
£14.99
Paperback
384

About the Book

1923
Maria Vittoria is embroidering a sheet for her dowry trunk.

Her father has gone to find her a husband. He’s taken his mule, a photograph and a pack of food: home-made sopressa sausage, cold polenta, a little flask of wine – no need to take water – the world is full of water.

There are no eligible men in this valley or the next one, and her father will not let her marry just anyone, and now, despite Maria’s years, she is still healthy. Her betrothed will see all that. He’ll be looking for a woman who can do the work.

Maria can do the work. Everyone in the contrà says that.

And the Lord knows Maria will need to be able to work. Fascism blooms as crops ripen, the state craves babies just as the babies cry for food. Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit.

In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l’arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman attempting to keep her family safe in the most dangerous of times.

1923Maria Vittoria is embroidering a sheet for her dowry trunk.Her father has gone to find her a husband. He’s taken his mule, a photograph and a pack of food: home-made sopressa sausage, cold polenta, a little flask of wine – no need to take water – the world is full of water. There are no eligible men in this valley or the next one, and her father will not let her marry just anyone, and now, despite Maria’s years, she is still healthy. Her betrothed will see all that. He’ll be looking for a woman who can do the work. Maria can do the work. Everyone in the contrà says that.And the Lord knows Maria will need to be able to work. Fascism blooms as crops ripen, the state craves babies just as the babies cry for food. Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit.In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l’arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman attempting to keep her family safe in the most dangerous of times.
  • Elise Valmorbida

    Elise Valmorbida grew up Italian in Australia, but fell in love with London. She’s a designer, writer and teacher of creative writing. In recent years, she produced a feature film. Her fiction includes The Madonna of the Mountains, Matilde Waltzing, The TV President and The Winding Stick. Her non-fiction includes SAXON – The Making of a Guerrilla Film, and The Book of Happy Endings, now published in four languages and four continents.

“Elise Valmorbida’s writing brings Maria vividly to life and she is excellent on checkpoints and informers, beatings and hunger — the small terrors of living in Mussolini’s Italy. “Maria feels fear all the time, like a stone hidden in her belly, or a shadow that won’t leave her body no matter how hard she tries to leap away from it.” It is a bewitching, but entirely unsentimental portrait of one woman’s attempt to keep her family safe in turbulent times.”
- Antonia Senior, The Times - Book of the Month
“‘[A] brutal, brutalizing portrait of war... Lushly written.’”
- Sunday Times

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