Mafia and Other Plays

Mafia and Other Plays


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Mafia and Other Plays is the second volume of the series Writing like Breathing. An Homage to Dacia Maraini. The anthology offers a substantial and unique selection of Maraini's theatrical pieces translated into English. It is a collection of twelve plays written by Dacia Maraini between 1990 and 2016, most of which were never before published in the original Italian, including the following: Mussomeli-Düsseldorf (Mussomeli-Düsseldorf), 1988; Celia Carli, ornitologa (Celia Carli, Ornithologist), 1990; Lia che si credeva Antigone (Lia, Who Thought Herself Antigone), 2006; Diotima e Socrate (Diotima and Socrates), 2007; Mi chiamo Antonino Calderone (My Name is Antonino Calderone), 2010; Bakunin: Il leone e il coccodrillo (Bakunin: The Lion and the Crocodile), 2014; Una pittrice di provincia (A Provincial Painter), 2016.
There are several themes covered in the volume, among which: the Mafia in Sicily and its ramifications in Italian politics and society ("On Mafia", Mafia and My Name is Antonino Calderone); anarchy, revolution, justice, freedom, and equality as embodied by the paternal figure of Russian anarchist Bakunin (Bakunin: The Lion and the Crocodile); the generational differences between a typical Sicilian housewife and her daughter (Mussomeli-Düsseldorf); the obsession of a possessive father who ends up killing his own daughter (To Protect You Better, My Child); the tragedy of Giulia along with another twenty-seven students who died in the rubble of collapsed university dorms during the April 6, 2009 earthquake in L'Aquila, Italy (Per Giulia). The anthology begins with Maraini's "A Theatrical Dream," an essay on playwriting that serves as an introduction to the book.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788897715078
Publisher: conSenso publishing & De Rada Italian Institute
Publication date: 02/25/2017
Series: SOPHIA , #6
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.55(d)

About the Author

About the Author One of the most prominent figures of Italian culture alive today, Dacia Maraini is a writer, playwright, screenwriter, poet, journalist, translator, and essayist. She's won, among others, the most prestigious literature awards in Italy: Campiello, Strega, Alabarda d'oro, Cimitile, Pinuccio Tatarella and Fregene. In addition to these achievements, throughout her life, Dacia Maraini has fought for women's and children rights, which are the main topics of both her research and her literary production. Maraini's books are translated in twenty-two languages and some of her bestsellers—such as Storia di Piera (Piera’s Story), L’età del malessere (The Age of Malaise), La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa (The Silent Duchess), Voci (Voices), and Memorie di una ladra (Memories of a Thief)—were turned into successful movies. In her autobiographies Bagheria (Bagheria) and La nave per Kobe (The Ship for Kobe), the author speaks about the period spent with her family in Japan from 1938 to 1945, her reclusion in the Japanese concentration camps (1943-1945), and her life in Sicily (1947-on). Among Maraini’s works we should also mention the following: Donna in guerra (Woman at War), 1975; Il treno per Helsinki (The Train), 1984; Buio (Darkness), 1999; Maria Stuarda e altre commedie (Mary Stuart and Other Comedies), 2001; La ragazza di via Maqueda (Via Maqueda’s Girl), 2009; La grande festa (The Great Celebration), 2011; L'amore rubato (Stolen Love), 2012; Chiara d'Assisi. Elogio della disobbedienza (Clare of Assisi: In Praise of Disobedience), 2013; La bambina e il sognatore (The Little Girl and the Dreamer), 2015; Taccuino americano (1964-2016) (American Notebook [1964-2016]), 2016. About the Editor Michelangelo La Luna (Harvard University and University of Calbria Ph.Ds.) is Professor of Italian Language and Literature at the University of Rhode Island, and Director of the Italian International Engineering Program and the URI Summer Program in Italy. He is the author of several articles on Italian and Italian-Albanian writers and poets such as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Dacia Maraini, Carmine Abate and Girolamo De Rada. He is also the editor of the following books: Invito alla lettura di Girolamo De Rada (Invitation to the Reading of Girolamo De Rada’s Opus), 2004; La corrispondenza inedita tra Girolamo De Rada e Niccolò Tommaseo (The Unpublished Correspondence Between Girolamo De Rada and Niccolò Tommaseo), 2006; Autobiografia (Autobiography), 2008; Opere l

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