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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
This translation of Maraini's epistolary work marks the introduction of the prolific and multitalented Italian poet, playwright and novelist to an American audience. Bianca, the author of the book's 100 letters, has fled Rome to work on her neglected novel and untangle herself from an obsessive, intermittent love affair with Marina, whom Bianca depicts as willful, seductive, sensual and temperamental. The unmailed letters are Bianca's remembering of the relationship, along with the particulars of daily life in Rome and among their circle of friends. Sentence after sentence startles with frank observation of detail interwoven with intense fantasy. For example, when Bianca goes to the fish market, she imagines herself a woman of the prior century, ``whose hands were covered in shining scales and who had all her life been familiar with this dead white fish the smell of entrails and putrescence the faint scent of carnations.'' The power of such keen, poetic narrative sustains interest, despite an almost complete lack of incident. With its extraordinary imagery and bold use of a well-worn form, Maraini's American debut will fascinate many readers of contemporary fiction. (April)
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Two Italian novelists here explore intense relationships from contrasting points of view. Letters to Marina finds Bianca in flight from her lover, seeking refuge in a seaside town where she struggles to complete a novel. The letters she sends to her former lover merely serve as catalyst for a painful probing of her life; in confronting her obsession with Marina, she confronts her deepest self. Central to Bianca's life is her relationships with women friends who share her experiences: miscarriages, rape, incest, and love affairs. ``We went fishing together,'' she writes, ``with both hands in the river of our shared memories quite terrified by all we were bringing out into the light of day.'' Maraini's sensuous imagery is striking for its sexual candor. Quite unlike Bianca's emotional intensity is the antiseptic world of research scientist Pietro Brahe in Lines of Light . After the near-collision of their single-engine planes, Brahe and German writer Ira Epstein become friends. Each is striving to break through to a new means of perceptionBrahe with regard to subatomic particles, Epstein with regard to his art. Del Giudice's minimalist prose and shifting verb tenses create a detached, impersonal atmosphere, as neutral as the Geneva where these two foreigners meet. Lisa Mullenneaux, Iowa City
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780895942623
  • Publisher: Crossing Press, Inc., The
  • Publication date: 4/28/1988
  • Pages: 208

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