I’ll try again, but no promises that this review will be as eloquent as the prior. And as we follow Marianna from childhood through to middle age, there is a smooth elegance and fluidity as the years pass by. Its information on author’s background and Hostert’s interpretation of how Sicily’s ‘s inwardness and social structure impoverished the island can better inform the text if they are read first. Che mi ha trasmeso pari pari. Open Preview See a Problem? Mosquitos and the disease are ever present. In addition to being a metaphor for women’s lives rendered silent under the patriarchy, the title of Dacia Maraini’s The Silent Duchess refers to an intelligent deaf-mute woman in 18th century Sicily. Non la tratta male, no.

It is a land in which to this day misogyny is absolutely rampant, and I have a lot of sympathy for the cause, though it must be said the art it has produced is not very good. But this has little effect, and she would only withdraw into herself even further. As this novel, set in mid-eighteenth century Sicily, was one of the better pieces of historical fiction I have read in recent times. Trivia About The Silent Duchess. L’uomo addolorato uccide con le proprie mani la capretta Sisina che tanto amava. Vignettes unfold revealing Marianna at different moments in her life:

She is an interesting person although I didn’t always ucrka for her or understand her. Irene rated it it was ok Oct 04, Also there is a little bit of mystery – it seems that Marianna has vague recollections of sounds, and that possibly, something traumatic happened to her in her early childhood, at which point she lost her ability to both hear and speak.

Her bleak existence with a deeply flawed and cold-hearted man might have been wretched indeed but for her own extraordinary qualities of determination. Books by Dacia Maraini.

Marianna Ucrìa – Wikipedia

Lei si nutre di libri classici, di filosofia e riversa su foglietti scritti di suo pugno tutto quello che il mondo le presenta, quando la maggior parte delle nobil donne erano semi analfabete, destinate solo ad eterne gravidanze o ad indossare vesti monacali, “donne dall’intelligenza lasciata a impigrire nei cortili delle delicate teste acconciate con arte parigina”. L’istruttore di questi ultimi, Grass, le insegna la lingua dei segnila introduce a un nuovo ideale filosofico, l’ illuminismoma soprattutto le instilla l’ autostima e la voglia di indipendenza dal marito.


Sembra una forzatura, di fronte al mutismo della protagonista, ma non ho parole adeguate per descrivere la ricchezza di immagini, di pensieri, di sentimenti, Unfortunately, this book left me disappointed.

If you love meticulously researched, literary, historical fiction written from a feminist perspective, this is the book for you. She is the daughter of Sicilian Princess Topazia Alliata di Salaparuta, an artist and art dealer, and of Fosco Maraini, a Florentine ethnologist and mountaineer of mixed Ticinese, English and Polish background who wrote in particular on Tibet and Japan. To ask other readers questions about The Silent Duchessplease sign up.

This is interesting as a device for about ten pages, then it turns out to be a metaphor for the position of women in medieval Italy. In any event, you can enjoy this book on its simple level, or delve into it a little deeper and explore the oppressed lives of voiceless women. And, because she was also deaf, she was treated differently and was often considered simple.

I would have given this book a one except that some of the imagery was excellent. She will not or cannot follow her heart. Books by Dacia Maraini. Marianna is the daughter of an opium addicted, useless mother and a father who marries her off at the age marinana 12 to her own aging and perverted uncle. It is often shocking in its honest portrayal of the mariana at the heart of that society.

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And as we follow Marianna from childhood through to middle age, there is a smooth elegance and fluidity as the years pass by. Oct 06, Deirdre rated it really liked it Shelves: Louis XVI rated it it was ok Feb 07, Ma pazienza, questo flm fin dei conti non cambia il mio giudizio.


Didn’t really get into this, and couldn’t feel ucriq for the main characters. There is an Afterward by Anna Camaiti Hostert. The detailed descriptions of day-to-day life captures the imagination wonderfully, with Marianna’s sense of sight and smell being utilized fully.

All seen through the eyes of the deaf-mute Duchess Marianna.

The Silent Duchess

Hard to tell what I hated; the book or Italy. Un sacco di volte nel corso della lettura ho dovuto fermarmi per rileggere certe frasi molte delle quali ho riportato anche qui negli update di GR man mano che le andavo trovando, per fissarle meglio nella mia memoria di una bellezza, di una precisione straordinaria. The preview sounded good. The only offbeat info is that the main character is a deaf and mute duchess. The family is all sorts of inbred and dysfunctional, but hey, again, that was the norm for that time period among that level of society.

Maraini paints a vivid and unflinching representation of 18th century Sicilian Italy. Marianna is literally, as well as figuratively a deaf mute living in 18C Sicily. Marianna has been deaf and mute for as long as she can remember, but she suspects she hasn’t always been that way.

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