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Mal di pietre (original 2006; edition 2006)

by AGUS MILENA

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Member:vie-tranquille
Title:Mal di pietre
Authors:AGUS MILENA
Info:NOTTETEMPO (2006), Perfect Paperback, 119 pages
Collections:Lus en italien, Fiction, Read but unowned
Rating:*****
Tags:Sardaigne, folie, famille, amour de la littérature, sexualité

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From the Land of the Moon by Milena Agus (2006)

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Avevo desiderato tanto leggerlo, poi non me ne avevano parlato bene e invece, nonostante sia meno coinvolgente di mentre dorme il pescecane, in cui la caratterizzazione dei personaggi è troppo accentuata, l'ho trovato ben scritto e interessante, finalmente non un noir sardo, un bel romanzo, interessante è l'aggettivo. ( )
  nectocaris | Feb 5, 2014 |
A short easy read, with an interesting conceit: the narrator explores the personal histories of her parents and grandparents, each story leading by topic rather than chronology on to the next. I do want to read more books using this organisational technique: it fascinates me and I want to figure out how to make it work myself. Unfortunately the stories, or story, itself was a bit slight even for this short text and ultimately forgettable, although there were some enjoyable twists along the way. ( )
  zeborah | Jun 5, 2013 |
From the Land of the Moon is a novella about a Sardinian woman searching for love in the post-war years amongst the metaphorical and literal ruins of her life. The woman recognizes that her nature is perhaps flawed as true love seems to remain elusive. Her quest assumes at times, sad, pitiable, desperate and creative forms that echo the pathos of Anna Karenina and Madam Bovary. The woman moves about the Italian landscapes of Cagliari and Milan as the country rebuilds from the effects of Allied Bombing and Nazi retreat. The settings of the story provide the physical architecture of the woman's efforts and parallels can be drawn between the reconstruction and her state of mind. The story is told from the point of view of the woman's granddaughter after the woman, referred to as Grandmother, has passed away, providing a doubly unreliable narrative: The woman herself may have been insane and her story suffers from being two generations away from being immediately verified. From the Land of the Moon is poignant without being maudlin and, the letter which serves as the final chapter is a powerful denouement.

Redacted from the original blog review at dog eared copy, From the Land of the Moon; 11/12/2012 ( )
  Tanya-dogearedcopy | Apr 4, 2013 |
Letto senza aspettative, non mi sono ricreduto.
Non ho inquadrato bene il punto di vista della narrazione, se dotata di vita propria e intramezzata da commenti della nipote, o se raccontata di seconda mano dalla stessa nipote protagonista..
Mi dispiace per la dolcezza che in alcune pagine mi ha effettivamente coinvolto, ma anche lo sfondo sardo, che negli autori isolani è spesso quasi il vero protagonista, qui risulta appiattito, spoglio, utilizzato come il solito fardello antico con cui bisogna lottare, proprio come i personaggi che in cento e più pagine non trovano una vera forma. ( )
  frisco_morisco | Mar 25, 2013 |
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"If I never meet you in this life, let me feel the lack."

-Soldier in The Thin Red Line
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Grandmother met the Veteran in the fall of 1950.
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In every family there's someone who pays the tribute, so that the balance between order and disorder is maintained and the world doesn't come to a halt.
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In this magical, jewel-like novel, a young Sardinian woman explores the life of her Nonna - her romantic, beautiful, and somewhat crazy grandmother. Nonna is an unforgettable character whose life spans much of the twentieth century. A dreamer with fierce loyalties and unbridled passions, we follow her search for perfect love to an ending both surprising and profound. Along the way, against the stunning Sardinian landscape of cities, marinas and mountains, we meet the members of her large family, and the mysterious Veteran, the man of her dreams - each one drawn with warmth, humour and deep insight. Milena Agus writes of family loves and secrets, of sexuality, of music, and of the harsh realities of war and migration in twentieth-century Europe in a powerful, compelling, and yet whimsical voice.
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