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Women of the shadows

Author: Ann Cornelisen
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 1991, ©1976.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"With haunting photographs and piercing descriptions, Women of the Shadows, depicts the secluded women of southern Italy and their passionate, painful, heart-rending existence. Cornelisen, who lived among these women in the mountainous villages of Lucania after World War II, reveals their struggles during a time when most of their men had to leave for the factories of the industrial north, while they remained  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Cornelisen
ISBN: 0140147853 9780140147858
OCLC Number: 24242466
Notes: "An Atlantic Monthly Press book".
Description: 228 pages, [16] pages of plates : illustrations ; 20 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Interlude: to go to the fields is almost a reflex ... --
Together and separate --
Interlude: not even water is easily to come by ... --
Peppina --
Interlude: "that's my house, if you can call it that..."--
Ninetta --
Interlude: "sometimes I wonder what will happen when I'm not young anymore..." --
Teresa --
Interlude: "nothing's private in a one room house..." --
Pinuccia --
Interlude: "we never find one of the copper boilers..." --
Cettina --
Interlude: "the water is not drinkable" warns the sign... --
Epilogue --
A life cycle.
Responsibility: by Ann Cornelisen ; photographs by the author.

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"With haunting photographs and piercing descriptions, Women of the Shadows, depicts the secluded women of southern Italy and their passionate, painful, heart-rending existence. Cornelisen, who lived among these women in the mountainous villages of Lucania after World War II, reveals their struggles during a time when most of their men had to leave for the factories of the industrial north, while they remained behind to work the fields. With an extraordinary understanding of their interior lives, Cornelisen brings these women out of the shadows to tell their heroic stories." -- Back cover.

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