My Husband

My Husband

by Dacia Maraini, Vera F. Golini
     
 

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,

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.

Editorial Reviews

Luciana Ricciutelli
“This important collection of short stories by Dacia Maraini presents a fascinating, and at times disturbing, microcosm of the lives of women in Italy during the 1960s. With poignancy, humour, and a keen sense of the absurd, Maraini explores fundamental feminist issues such as female gender roles, sexuality, identity, and the violence of women’s everyday oppression. The stories in this volume provide a thought-provoking critique of the social mores and infrastructures that restrict urban women’s lives, casting a sometimes harsh light on the lives of women in Italy during a period of great social and political change. Vera Golini’s expert translation of this work makes this collection a compelling read.”
Leonard G. Sbrocchi
“In the translation of this collection of Maraini’s short stories, Vera Golini succeeds not only in capturing the spirit of her narrative but also in rendering Maraini’s own colloquial language, with its many nuances, into an English which is accurate, fluid, and extremely easy to read. As one reads these stories, Maraini’s world comes to life and the experiences of her characters become real and believable.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780889204324
Publisher:
Wilfrid Laurier University Press
Publication date:
08/01/2004
Series:
Studies in Childhood and Family in Canada Series
Pages:
112
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 8.84(h) x 0.49(d)

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, Feminist Press, 1992) which stayed on Italy’s bestseller list for almost two years and won the prestigious Premio Campiello (Italy’s equivalent of the us National Book Award). It was published to critical acclaim in fourteen languages.

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