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With haunting photographs and piercing descriptions, Women of the Shadows depicts the secluded women of southern Italy and their passionate, painful, heartrending existence. Cornelisen, who lived among these women in the mountainous villages of Lucania after World War II, reveals their struggles during a time when most of their men had to leave for factories in the industrial north. The women remained behind to work the fields. There's Peppina, Ninetta, Teresa, Maria, Pinuccia, and Cettina, all women who "have done things of which they are not proud; they know it in their hearts, as one woman said, that nothing is private, they would also agree with her conclusion: That doesn't mean you get used to it." With an extraordinary understanding of the interior lives of these and other women, Cornelisen brings them out of the shadows to tell their heroic stories in a book which truly merits the label "classic." A new introduction by the author suggests that the more things change, the more, in essence, they remain the same.
Posted March 2, 2009
I enjoyed both books, they were most informative of the area of Lucania/Basilicata,Italy. Lucania is a very hard region.The people from there are fiercly strong and devoted to their land.. I was inspired by the strenght of such a great people,people that time seems to have forgotten.The Lucanians are the true strenght of Italia! Italy is fortunate that Lucania forms the backbone of it's great nation. This land gave from before the early Greeks and then gave us the likes of Pythagorias from Metapontum. Once this was the poorest of lands but now has changed. Over the years oil has been discovered and is now known as the "Little Texas" of Europe.Hopefully one day it will forget poverty altogether.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.