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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Deledda, Grazia, 1871-1936.
Fairleigh : Dickinson University Press, c2004
|Material Type:||Fiction, Internet resource|
|Document Type:||Book, Internet Resource|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Grazia Deledda; Janice M Kozma
|Description:||222 p. : ill., map ; 24 cm.|
|Responsibility:||Grazia Deledda ; translated by Jan Kozma.|
When Oli realizes that public knowledge of her life in prostitution will jeopardize her son's impending marriage and professional success, she makes the ultimate maternal sacrifice to ensure his future. Deledda's novel explores the themes of filial duty, hypocritical societal expectations, the ravages of poverty, and maternal devotion.
The author interweaves into the novel leitmotifs of Sardinian folklore, health issues, banditry, illegitimacy, prostitution, and the social mores of the late nineteenth century with all the attendant public opprobrium.".
"In this novel Deledda is especially trenchant on the predicament of Sardinian women living in a dangerously unforgiving, patronistic, and repressive world. She wrote Ashes specifically for her friend, the celebrated state actress Eleonora Duse (Italy's "Sarah Bernhardt"). In fact, Duse's first motion picture was Cenere, a classic of Italian film history.
The novel lends itself well to the gritty, realistic film genre, as it is a scathing indicting of the deplorable social situation for women in the Sardinia of the last fin de siecle. An expose of class and gender inequality and the tragic poverty on the island, Ashes fits well with Verismo, its contemporary movement in literature and lyric opera."--BOOK JACKET.