Born in the medieval town of Castelfranco in the Veneto, Paola Drigo (1879-1938) wrote frankly about the poor and brutal lives of toilers in preindustrial northern Italy. Maria Zef, her masterpiece, focuses on the orphaned Maria, who assumes responsibilities beyond her years in protecting her baby sister and staying alive. Poverty, toil, illness, solitude, and abuse contribute to one of the most horrifying climaxes in modern fiction.
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Number of pages: 182
Weight: 227 g
Dimensions: 216 x 117 x 11 mm
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