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In Italy, as in most Western cultures, the 1960s was a dynamic and turbulent decade of social change. Dacia Maraini, in this short story collection, explores the vexing, tragic, and often humorous experiences of women living in modern urban Italy.

With a style as lean as Samuel Beckett’s, and a love of the absurd that rivals Eugène Ionesco, Maraini’s stories are both poignant and wickedly funny. The writer’s ironic lens zooms in to examining sexual relations, working conditions,...

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Overview

In Italy, as in most Western cultures, the 1960s was a dynamic and turbulent decade of social change. Dacia Maraini, in this short story collection, explores the vexing, tragic, and often humorous experiences of women living in modern urban Italy.

With a style as lean as Samuel Beckett’s, and a love of the absurd that rivals Eugène Ionesco, Maraini’s stories are both poignant and wickedly funny. The writer’s ironic lens zooms in to examining sexual relations, working conditions, women’s issues, and family dynamics, illuminating the lives of an entire generation. With classic existential angst, Maraini’s characters are often profoundly dissatisfied with their situations, but also ill-equipped to initiate any real change. This feminist version of the absurd is deliciously wry and terrible. The stories have a real bite.

Originally published as Mio marito in 1968, this is the first English translation of My Husband.

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Meet the Author

Dacia Maraini was born in Florence in 1936. Her father’s profession as an anthropologist and his antifascist stance led the family to emigrate to Japan where, during the war, they were confined for two years in concentration camps. In 1945 the family returned to Sicily and, when her parents separated in 1954, Dacia moved to Rome with her father.

Maraini’s first two novels, La vacanza (The Holiday) and L’età del malessere (The Age of Indifference), published when she was twenty-six and twenty-seven, were instant international successes: the latter received the editors’ international Formentor prize and was instantly translated into twelve languages. In 1990 Maraini sealed her international success with the publication of the novel La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa (The Silent Duchess, Fe

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
A Note on the Translation
Introduction 1
My Husband 15
Dazed 22
Mother and Son 27
The Wolf and the Lamb 32
The Two Angelas 39
The Other Family 45
Diary of a Telephone Operator 54
Beloved Death 67
The Red Notebook 71
Suffering 76
The Linen Sheets 81
Marco 86
The Blond Wig 94
Diary of a Married Couple 100
Plato's Tree 109
Maria 115
These Hands 121
The Life and Prose Works of Dacia Maraini: An Afterword 145
Interviews with Dacia Maraini 169
Bibliography of Maraini's Writings 170
Maraini's Filmography 173
Awards and Translations of Maraini's Prose Works 173
Critical Bibliography of Maraini's Prose Works 177
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