Maria Zef (European Women Writers (Paperback))

By: Drigo, Paola

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"Maria Zef" was considered the farthest limit of verismo in contemporary Italian literature when it was first published in 1936. Like the great films to come after the war, "Shoeshine" and "The Bicycle Thief," Paola Drigo's gritty novel portrays the struggle to come of age or even survive in a harsh environment. But its setting is more rural and its protagonist is a young girl whose voice will now be heard around the world in this English translation by Blossom Steinberg Kirschenbaum.

Born in the medieval town of Castelfranco in the Veneto, Paola Drigo (1879-1938) wrote frankly about the poor and brutal lives of toilers in preindustrial northern Italy. "Maria Zef," her masterpiece, focuses on the orphaned Maria, who assumes responsibilities beyond her years in protecting her baby sister and staying alive. Poverty, toil, illness, solitude, and abuse contribute to one of the most horrifying climaxes in modern fiction.

Title: Maria Zef (European Women Writers (Paperback))

Author Name: Drigo, Paola

Categories: General,

Publisher: University of Nebraska Press:

ISBN Number: 0803265778

ISBN Number 13: 9780803265776


Book Condition: Very Good

Seller ID: Z0803265778Z2

Description: 0803265778 Crisp, clean, unread paperback with light shelfwear to the covers and a publisher's mark to one edge - Nice!