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In Segretaria un avvocato infligge alla ragazza neoassunta punizioni corporali sempre piú degradanti, e lei, pur mortificata e via via piú apatica, si trova a fare i conti con un lato oscuro che non sapeva di possedere. I corpi marchiati da un uso e un abuso reificante sono, in Cose , oggetti da collezionare al pari delle chicche racimolate nei vari mercatini delle pulci. E in Pezzo folk , la stessa pagina di giornale riporta voyeuristicamente la notizia della partecipazione a un talk show televisivo di un ...
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Overview

In Segretaria un avvocato infligge alla ragazza neoassunta punizioni corporali sempre piú degradanti, e lei, pur mortificata e via via piú apatica, si trova a fare i conti con un lato oscuro che non sapeva di possedere. I corpi marchiati da un uso e un abuso reificante sono, in Cose , oggetti da collezionare al pari delle chicche racimolate nei vari mercatini delle pulci. E in Pezzo folk , la stessa pagina di giornale riporta voyeuristicamente la notizia della partecipazione a un talk show televisivo di un pluriassassino reo confesso, accanto a quella della donna intenzionata a far sesso con mille uomini di fila e battere cosí il record della disciplina. Masochismo e sadismo, violenza, sessualità morbosa, dipendenze, tutto l'armamentario dell'agonia dei sensi che all'uscita della prima raccolta di racconti, nel 1988, aveva fatto di Mary Gaitskill la dark lady del panorama letterario americano, in realtà si limita ad approfondire il ben piú sottile armamentario dell'agonia delle sensibilità: abbandoni e rinascite, ferite sommariamente ricomposte da uno slancio di umanità, o solo dal ciclo inarrestabile della natura e della vita. La madre di Eden assiste alle mutazioni di una famiglia che perde pezzi sotto i suoi occhi, tentando di rimpiazzare una figlia perduta con un'altra, un figlio perduto con un marito, alla ricerca vana di un paradiso terrestre ormai infranto, mentre in Non piangere due americane di mezza età giungono in una Addis Abeba in fermento preelettorale per un'adozione indipendente e, in un universo di bisogni brutalmente primari, il corpicino sensuale e avido di vita del piccolo prescelto è per la vedova Janice rinnovellamento doloroso e insieme salvifico del corpo malato del marito scomparso. Per raccontare le nostre fragilità, Mary Gaitskill non ha paura di affondare le mani nella carne di cui siamo fatti, dipingendo immagini di goyesca fisicità. Cosí una giovane etiope coperta di piaghe agonizza davanti alla porta chiusa di un orfanotrofio con al collo un neonato invaso dai parassiti; una donna non piú giovane riflette su come, con l'età, cambi l'odore dell'urina mentre la verginità attempata di un'altra viene paragonata a una solida membrana protettiva che tutto avvolge; davanti allo specchio una ragazzina studia i propri genitali con compiaciuto stupore pensando «Questo è quello che ho»; e una maratoneta del sesso stringe il membro di un assassino fra le logore pareti di una vagina che ha avvinto mariti e amanti, riducendo la sua terribile storia a «una minuscola stella ardente nel virtuoso firmamento della sua femminea vastità». *** «Gaitskill ha una scrittura potentemente viscerale... Pochi scrittori sanno inchiodare cosí l'attenzione dei lettori». «The New York Times Book Review» *** «Gaitskill sembra aver attraversato un'intera vita di percezioni, muovendosi fra la sessualità cruda e violenta e la tenerezza malinconica, e impartendo a ciascuno dei suoi personaggi la consapevolezza dell'intimità e della fatica che vengono dal dolore». «The Boston Globe»
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9788858406359
  • Publisher: EINAUDI
  • Publication date: 6/12/2012
  • Language: Italian
  • Sold by: GIULIO EINAUDI EDITORE - EBKS
  • Format: eBook
  • File size: 1,006 KB

Meet the Author

Mary Gaitskill
From short stories like the S&M-tinged "Secretary" (the inspiration for the indie film of the same name) to her 2005 National Book Award-nominated novel, Veronica, Mary Gaitskill's words are often etched on a dark canvas -- but still manage to illuminate. "Gaitskill is an unforgiving writer, harsh, caustic and raw," reads the National Book Award judges' citation. "All that masks the enormous accomplishment of her work, the ability to use the dark to cast light."

Biography

Mary Gaitskill is the author of Veronica, nomiated for a 2005 National Book award in the Fiction category. She is also the author of Because They Wanted To, which was nominated for the PEN/Faulkner Award in 1998. Her stories and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, Harper's Magazine, Esquire, The Best American Short Stories (1993), and The O. Henry Prize Stories (1998). Her story "Secretary" was the basis for the film of the same name. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, she teaches creative writing at Syracuse University. She lives in New York.

Author biography courtesy of Random House, Inc.

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    1. Hometown:
      New York, New York
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 11, 1954
    2. Place of Birth:
      Lexington, Kentucky
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Michigan, 1980

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2013

    Birdflight

    Amberstar the faithful has returned to continue her months of leading the original Thunderclan to victory! She has returned! Go now: chasing sun, first result.
    ~•Birdflight

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Jaggedfang

    "Thanks for the interveiw!"

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    AutumnFire

    Thank you for interviewing me and if you ever need another interview, just ask me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    Flamefang

    "We were battling Princess, when we killed her. Then they kept attacking and attacking us. They've already killed several of our cats, and almost killed my mate and I." He meows, showing the scars on his shoulder. [•Flamefang•]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Rawr

    A black shecat and a white tom padded in." Hiya!" I'm Cloudwisp and this is my sister Nightsearcher." The tom, Cloudwisp, said. Nightsearcher nodded." Could we join?" She asked, her purple eyes looking around.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Braveheart

    He dips his head. Thank u. He mews. May i go on a hunting patrol or party?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Poppystep (join?)

    A small cat with a greenish grey pelt came in. Ill be medcat. Can ijoin.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2012

    Kit

    A she kit pads in. She has brown fur with white patches and golish eyes. "Hi!! Can i live here? I dont have a mommy or a name and need one"

    -nameless kit-

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2012

    PLZ HELP

    Plz join ice pack at DOGS FOREVER result one! Thnx! We r dieing and need members! Thnx for all the help! ~Icepack

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Layla

    A gray cat pads in. All my life I have been beaten.. she looks up and stares at you with her ice blue eyes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2012

    Sunstrike

    Hi! I heard that smokestar needed a mate.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    $S$ to Hollyclaw

    Yes. You are evil.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    ATTENTION ALL CATS!!!!!!!

    A queen is kitting at either reslt nine or thirteen. Dont remember exactly which one it is.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Nightclaw

    No

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Fireshard, Fallenleaf and three kits

    (( I can run Fallenleaf for deputy if you like. Sorry I was gone. )) Fireshard~ The russet she-cat herds her kits back to the nursery and pads back into the clearing, settling down next to her mate. ••••••••••••••• Fallenleaf~ He licks Fireshard's cheek and purrs. ~•~•~•~•~•~

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2012

    Grassleaf

    "Ok.....ay.........." and he never spoke again

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2013

    BOOM

    There camp goes up in flames

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Yo all Cats!

    Halotuft, senior warrior here. Looking for a clan, so I came here. I used to be leader of LunarClan, but a meteor killed everyone but me and this kit. Kit mews and looks up. Can we join??? Please? Mew?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 17, 2012

    Hollyclaw

    But who say im not a medcat?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2012

    Tigerflame

    She dips her head "Thank you." She looks back at Amreicanbird... +Tigerflame

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