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Alla prevedibilità del marito Boris, che sceglie un'amante giovane (e in piú francese!), Mia oppone la sua imprevedibilità di donna. Parte per il Minnesota, dove vive l'anziana madre, e trascorre un'estate senza uomini. Circondata dalle amiche della madre, ottuagenarie piene di risorse, dalle allieve adolescenti di un corso di poesia, tormentate e perfide, Mia ritrova la propria indipendenza, e subito dopo l'empatia verso le storie degli altri, e subito dopo il desiderio d'amare e di essere amata. Boris, insigne ...
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L'estate senza uomini

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Overview

Alla prevedibilità del marito Boris, che sceglie un'amante giovane (e in piú francese!), Mia oppone la sua imprevedibilità di donna. Parte per il Minnesota, dove vive l'anziana madre, e trascorre un'estate senza uomini. Circondata dalle amiche della madre, ottuagenarie piene di risorse, dalle allieve adolescenti di un corso di poesia, tormentate e perfide, Mia ritrova la propria indipendenza, e subito dopo l'empatia verso le storie degli altri, e subito dopo il desiderio d'amare e di essere amata. Boris, insigne neuroscienziato newyorkese, si è concesso una «pausa», vale a dire un'amante piú giovane, e la moglie Mia, poetessa e filosofa, l'ha presa male ed è finita in ospedale con una diagnosi di «psicosi reattiva breve». Uscita dall'ospedale, Mia non se la sente di tornare nella casa disertata dal marito, e decide cosí di allontanarsi per qualche tempo da New York per andare a trovare la madre, che abita in una struttura residenziale per anziani a Bonden, Minnesota, la cittadina dove Mia è nata e cresciuta. Comincia cosí questa inconsueta storia di una convalescenza, la convalescenza di una donna che, sperimentando un'estate senza uomini, riscopre in una realtà provinciale apparentemente squallida e monotona un mondo di relazioni umane ancora piú ricco e coinvolgente di quello a cui era abituata nella sua sofisticata vita di intellettuale metropolitana. Non si pensi però a un'ingenua riscoperta delle radici, perché lo sguardo posato da Siri Hustvedt sulla provincia americana non ha nulla di idilliaco: le tenere adolescenti che studiano poesia sottopongono le compagne a raffinate torture psicologiche, le arzille vecchiette ricoverate in ospizio coltivano lubrichi «divertimenti segreti », e le simpatiche famigliole nelle loro villette suburbane sono lacerate da violenti diverbi. In questo mondo apparentemente mansueto ma intimamente turbolento, Mia irrompe come una sorta di deus ex machina, suscitando confidenze, svelando intrighi e risolvendo conflitti, e da questo mondo in cambio riceve una nuova consapevolezza di sé: abituata a considerarsi bella e intelligente, Mia si scopre anche umana e autonoma, e soprattutto degna di essere amata. L'estate senza uomini finisce cosí per rivelarsi un sorprendente romanzo d'amore, un'intensa e raffinata meditazione narrativa sulla piú irrazionale, incoerente, profonda e persistente delle forme di convivenza umana: il matrimonio. *** «Un viaggio nella commedia romantica, sia nella classica versione hollywoodiana dell'amore attaccabrighe, sia nel solco di Persuasione di Jane Austen». «The New York Times Book Review»
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788858406120
  • Publisher: EINAUDI
  • Publication date: 6/5/2012
  • Language: Italian
  • Sold by: GIULIO EINAUDI EDITORE - EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 834 KB

Meet the Author

Siri Hustvedt
A poet and novelist born and raised in Minnesota, Siri Hustvedt is getting the reviews of her career with her latest novel, What I Loved -- a sweeping tale of family and friendship, beginning in the manic SoHo art scene of the 1970s, that "pulses with an electric current of ideas and people," according to the Los Angeles Times.

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In our exclusive interview, Hustvedt shared some fascinating facts about herself with us:

"In the last eight years, my interest in art has become more than a hobby. I've been writing about painting off and on for the last eight years for art magazines."

"American mass media culture, with its celebrities, shopping hysteria, sound bites, formulaic plots, received ideas, and nauseating repetitions, depresses me. I like to watch movies on DVD but on the whole stay away from television and big Hollywood movies, although occasionally something good comes along and I go to see it. I liked both Groundhog Day and The Sixth Sense, for example."

"I enjoy domestic life. Cooking gives me great pleasure, especially if I can chop vegetables slowly and think about what I'm doing and dream a little about this and that. I always have flowers in my house and it makes me happy to arrange them and then look at them when I walk into a room. I love the little garden in the back of my family's brownstone in Brooklyn. Digging out there in the dirt is a joy for me, although by the time August rolls around and my roses have black spot, I need the break winter provides."

"I must say that I also like clothes and always have. When I was younger, I paid more attention to the quirks of fashion. Now I like well-made clothes that suit me and will last beyond a season."

"My greatest pleasure is spending time with my family: my husband and daughter, but also my mother, my three sisters and their families. My father died this year, and I have a growing need to enjoy the people I love most as much as possible."

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 19, 1955
    2. Place of Birth:
      Northfield, Minnesota
    1. Education:
      B.A. in history, St. Olaf College; Ph.D. in English, Columbia University

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