Sibilla Aleramo was married off to a man who worked in her father’s factory, Although classified as fiction, A Woman is more like a memoir. First published in , this Italian feminist touchstone-work is widely known in Europe but has previously been unavailable in the U.S. The first. “Still a powerful and unsettling account of an extraordinary young woman coming of age The power of this novel lies in Sibilla Aleramo’s rendering of her.

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Although still politically disenfranchised at this time, many female workers took part in these organizations.

Ammiratrice inoppugnabile del padre, Sibilla si interroga sulla figura della madre e sul loro rapporto, su cosa rappresenti questa donna emaciata e depressa nella sua esistenza. Her feminist sensibilities evolved and were expressed through her work.

Florinda, yes I am. Un’autobiografia destinata ad imprimersi nel panorama letterario e a parlare nei secoli a venire. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Account Options Sign in. Breslavia — Bassa Slesia e la cultura mediterranea in Italian. After receiving a particularly savage beating at his hands, she attempts suicide by ingesting poison and is saved by a local doctor.

They met each day on the beach, inviting us to join in their games. These early works must have been very difficult both to write and get published, and yet they were so important in surfacing these ideas.

Rapidly developing into an attractive young woman, she garners the attention of a male coworker some ten years her senior. Please provide an email address. Aleramo’s style is one that invites the reader to experience her life and to understand her reasoning for making the hard choice of leaving her son for her own sake. Mar 19, Govnyo rated it it was ok Shelves: Neppure al ssibilla che, in tutte le pagine, si sente ispirato, colto da nuovi intuiti, scosso nel profondo.

Eventually this newfound friend informs the heroine that local gossip suggests her father has been carrying on an affair with another woman. Here are the twists and turns of a woman trying to siibilla sense of her life and from there working towards doing something worthwhile with it; living with an impossible controlling man, trying to be a good mother and still keeping her intellectual abilities and fighting all the time for her own sense of worth.

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Review: A Woman, by Sibilla Aleramo – Musings

Ma la buona madre non deve essere, come la mia, una semplice creatura di sacrificio: However, whether one liked Aleramo’s novel or not, the book was wleramo iceberg in the mainstream of Italian literary life, impossible to get around without careful inspection.

After a brief relationship with a young artist, Felice Damiani, she cohabited for some years with Giovanni Cena, writer and journalist, who convinced her to turn her story into a fictionalized memoir and to take on the pseudonym of Sibilla Aleramo.

Women who refused to enter into marriage, motherhood, or the religious life were regarded as rebels; their actions, it was thought, threatened to unravel q very fabric of Italian society.

Are you participating in the Women Unbound Challenge? The reason might be that I read a very old translation I got the book from the Internet Archive.

In February ofGiuseppe Mazzinia patriot with a dream of Italian unity, founded the Roman republic. Commemorato in silenzio e solitudine. I am very glad that I can say I have read it, in the past tense, and am curious to learn more about Wokan as a person and her homosexual affairs The narrator’s life is controlled completely by men, any attempt to break away confronts some patriarchal social norm – or even the threat of legal sanction. She identified a willingness on the part of other female writers to imitate the idealized models set forth by established male doman.

Romanzo pubblicato per la prima volta nel Thanks to these new acquaintances, and her ongoing writing career, she begins to consider the possibility of legally separating from her husband. I did not enjoy this for a simple reason – it talks of a society which no longer exists but which is nonetheless easy to imagine.

Sibilla Aleramo – Wikipedia

La si accompagna durante la sua adolescenza, mentre segue adorante il padre ed inizia a lavorare per lui. If I try to live it again in my memory, rekindle it in my conscious mind, I always fail. The first person narrative closely parallels the early life of Aleramo herselfwho was born Rina Pierangeli and later, as Sibilla, enjoyed a long, sometimes notorious career of literary work and literary lovers. In fact, many early reviewers were as puzzled aldramo the autobiographical question as Aleramo herself may have been.


Despite these obvious autobiographical influences, Aleramo stopped short of labeling A Woman an autobiography. Through her writing she met a variety of intellectuals which made alermao husband feel threatened.

View all 4 comments. The Risorgimento and the Unification of Italy. I don’t think it was meant as a narrative-driven book when published – the essence is the narrator’s perception of what is happening around her.

But the young woman has other ambitions; she begins penning articles aleamo various journals, including one in qoman she uses the word feminism for the first time.

A woman at bay (Una donna)

E che l’unica, successiva preoccupazione del marito, della suocera e della cognata sia stata quella di evitare uno scandalo? But since its constituency in the late nineteenth century consisted mainly of male workers, alerramo leadership chose to cater to its masculine majority.

The men of the town are of two types: Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. Introduction to A Womanby Sibilla Alermo. Here is an example of the timeless writing style and the drive aa narrative has.

But this book is also amazing because, despite being written inshe candidly discusses the taboo issues of rape, affairs, venereal disease and divorce. There was a problem adding your email address.

Dalle pagine della Aleramo ho sentito il dolore e la sofferenza di tutte le donne vittime di violenza. No aa I enjoyed it.