Her prize-winning bestseller "Full-Length Portrait" ("Ritratto in piedi") is a semi-autobiographical novel, first published in 1971, and presents a portrait of her father, Giuseppe Manzini. It took her nearly a lifetime to come to terms with her feelings for her father in order to write this book about him. A noted anarchist publisher, editor and author, who became alienated from his wife and daughter for his political beliefs, Giuseppe Manzini was imprisoned and finally exiled to a small town where he died after being attacked by a group of local Fascists.
Manzini weaves a poetic portrait of the relationship between father and daughter, revealing a deep and binding devotion yet highlighting all the personal, political and even literary tensions between them: his "arrow straight" pursuit of clarity versus her "acrobatic" pursuit of literature; his attempt to touch the core truth of life and her attempt to see through to the "life behind life."
Martha King is the editor with Italica Press of "New Italian Women" and "After the War," collections of twentieth-century Italian women writers, and has also translated numerous works by these writers.With Italica Press Dr. King previously published Manzini's "Game Plan for a Novel" ("Lettere all' Editore: Giuoco di carte"), the first English translation of a Manzini novel.