The Book Of Mara

The Book Of Mara


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Ada Negri, the author of ten volumes of poetry who enjoyed an international reputation for her frank and passionate writing, had a tormented love affair with a man whose life was cut short by premature death. She translated this experience into "The Book of Mara," in essence one long poem arising from a woman's most intimate place as if in a visceral scream - a most passionate expression of love, loss and redemption. Written with unusual frankness, especially in view of Italian society of the time, "The Book of Mara," along with "Songs of the Island," is considered the high point of Negri's poetic work.

Through metrical and formal execution, "The Book of Mara" demonstrates the originality of her verse, which opens up to a more personal dimension - almost prose-like. Her verse is impressionistic, almost mystical, spanned with bristling lyrics, sudden igniting bursts and visionary flashes.

Negri's poetry was made by going deep inside herself, into the travail of her childhood, into the solitude and the sleeplessness around an uncertain future, into the wounds of sorrow and the misfortune that befalls each one of us. Her poems express an ardent though fruitless hope, in wait of a great love; made light by those rare moments of abandon and happiness.

First English translation, by Maria A Costantini.
Dual-language edition.
Introduction, bibliography.
118 pages.

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ISBN-13: 9781599101712
Publisher: Italica Press
Publication date: 12/09/2010
Pages: 120
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.28(d)

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