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È il 1960, l’anno in cui il giovane Kennedy porta via la poltrona al paterno generale di nome Ike, una scimmia vola nello spazio a bordo di un razzo americano e il mondo intero ruota attorno a un asse chiamato Congo. Lo stato dell’Africa centrale, liberato dalla dominazione
coloniale belga, precipita nel Grande Gioco della guerra fredda tra le superpotenze, diventando meta di avventurieri, spie e missionari provenienti da ogni parte del globo.
Nessuno stupore perciò se in ...
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L'albero velenoso della fede

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Overview

È il 1960, l’anno in cui il giovane Kennedy porta via la poltrona al paterno generale di nome Ike, una scimmia vola nello spazio a bordo di un razzo americano e il mondo intero ruota attorno a un asse chiamato Congo. Lo stato dell’Africa centrale, liberato dalla dominazione
coloniale belga, precipita nel Grande Gioco della guerra fredda tra le superpotenze, diventando meta di avventurieri, spie e missionari provenienti da ogni parte del globo.
Nessuno stupore perciò se in quell’anno del Signore, nella foresta nei pressi di Kilanga, dove gli alberi crescono a dismisura come possenti animali, i viticci strangolano i loro simili nella lotta senza fine per la luce e i serpenti occhieggiano tra i rami, una donna e quattro ragazze
bianche procedano come boccioli esangui lungo un sentiero.
La donna, gli occhi chiari, l’andatura decisa, i capelli scuri raccolti in un logoro fazzoletto di pizzo, si chiama Orleanna Price, battista del Sud per matrimonio avendo sposato un predicatore, anzi uno di quei predicatori dalla furia così potente da far invidia a quella dell’inferno.
Le ragazze che le marciano dietro sono le sue figlie, quattro ragazze strizzate in corpi tesi come archi verso la gloria o la dannazione: le due bionde – Ruth May, piccola e vivace e Rachel, imperiosa e bella come la Rebecca biblica, la vergine al pozzo – le due brune, identiche come gocce d’acqua, Leah che procede a passo spedito, e Adah che trascina i piedi con andatura molle.
Vengono da Bethlehem, in Georgia, e hanno portato nella giungla miscele pronte per dolci e piccoli oggetti, provviste, scatole, utensili, nascosti nelle tasche o nelle fasce strette in vita, come un’armatura tintinnante.
A Kilanga prima c’era una missione, con quattro famiglie americane residenti e un dottore che arrivava una volta la settimana. Il dottore e gli americani si sono però trasferiti a Léopoldville, per offrire ai propri figli un’istruzione decente. E ora non vi sono che fiori tropicali e bestie feroci. Ma per Nathan Price così è il regno di Dio, così feroce nella sua gloria
assoluta e primitiva.
Nulla, infatti, può distogliere il predicatore, nemmeno l’amore per la moglie e per le giovani figlie, dalla sua devozione nei confronti dell’umanità.
Sullo sfondo di un grande paese africano in preda al rivolgimento postcoloniale, coi suoi lutti e le sue speranze, le sue tragedie e i suoi sogni, Barbara Kingsolver ambienta una magnificastoria sui destini di cinque donne alle prese con la cecità e l’arroganza dell’idealismo maschile.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788865591765
  • Publisher: Beat
  • Publication date: 11/25/2013
  • Language: Italian
  • Sold by: eDigita
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 417
  • File size: 797 KB

Meet the Author

Barbara Kingsolver
Barbara Kingsolver è nata nel 1955 nel Maryland.
Durante l’infanzia ha trascorso un breve
periodo in Congo, dove il padre, medico, si
era trasferito per lavoro. Vive ora in Virginia
insieme al marito e alle figlie. Nel 2008 ha ricevuto
la laurea ad honorem in lettere dalla
Duke University. Tra le sue opere recenti La
collina delle farfalle (Neri Pozza 2013). L’albero
velenoso della fede è considerata tra le
opere più importanti della narrativa americana
contemporanea. Il romanzo è apparso
per la prima volta in Italia nel 2000 col titolo

Biography

According to the biography on her website, Barbara Kingsolver began writing around the age of nine. Her early "oeuvre" included poems, short stories, and essays, including one noteworthy piece on school safety that was published in the local newspaper, helped to pass a local bond issue, and netted the author a $25 savings bond -- "on which she expected to live comfortably into adulthood."

Kingsolver left her native Kentucky to attend DePauw University on a piano scholarship; but intellectual curiosity (the same quality that informs her writing) prompted her to transfer from the music school to the college of liberal arts where she majored in biology. Immediately after college, she traveled in Greece and France and returned to the U.S. to pursue her master's degree in science from the University of Arizona. She worked for a while as a science writer for the university before becoming a freelance journalist. In 1986 she won an Arizona Press Club Award.

Kingsolver's first novel, The Bean Trees, was composed entirely at night during a period of chronic, pregnancy-related insomnia. Published in 1988, this story of a young woman transplanted from Kentucky to Tucson was reviewed enthusiastically by critics. " As clear as air," rhapsodized The New York Times Book Review. "It is the southern novel taken west, its colors as translucent and polished as one of those slices of rose agate from a desert shop." Readers, too, proclaimed the story a delight.

Since then, Kingsolver has produced a string of bestselling novels, including Pigs in Heaven, The Poisonwood Bible (an Oprah's Book club selection), and Prodigal Summer. She has also authored collections of her poems (Another America), short stories (Homeland), and essays (Small Wonders); as well as nonfiction narratives like Animal, Vegetable, Miracle.

Good To Know

In 2008, Kingsolver delivered the commencement address at Duke University, offering graduates advice on "How to be Hopeful."

She is a member of the Rock Bottom Remainders, a rock and roll band consisting of published writers, including Amy Tan, Matt Groening, Dave Barry, and Stephen King among others.

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    1. Date of Birth:
      April 8, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Annapolis, Maryland
    1. Education:
      B.A., DePauw University, 1977; M.S., University of Arizona, 1981
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