The Madonna of The Mountains (Hardback)
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The Madonna of The Mountains (Hardback)

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1923 Maria Vittoria is embroidering a sheet for her dowry trunk. Her father has gone to find her a husband. He's taken his mule, a photograph and a pack of food: home-made sopressa sausage, cold polenta, a little flask of wine - no need to take water - the world is full of water. There are no eligible men in this valley or the next one, and her father will not let her marry just anyone, and now, despite Maria's years, she is still healthy. Her betrothed will see all that. He'll be looking for a woman who can do the work. Maria can do the work. Everyone in the contra says that. And the Lord knows Maria will need to be able to work. Fascism blooms as crops ripen, the state craves babies just as the babies cry for food. Maria faces a stony path, but one she will surely climb to the summit. In this sumptuous and elegant novel you will taste the bigoli co l'arna, touch the mulberry leaves cut finer than organdie, and feel the strain of one woman attempting to keep her family safe in the most dangerous of times.

Publisher: Faber & Faber
ISBN: 9780571336326
Number of pages: 384
Weight: 634 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 x 26 mm
Edition: Main

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“People move, but mountains stay put!”

A story of a strong woman. Maria has strength in character and is resilient to the hand fate deals her.
This historical saga takes place in Italy. You begin to care about the people involved and want to know more.... More

Paperback edition
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“A life in fascist Italy”

Elise Valmorbida tells the tale of Maria, whose story starts when her father disappears down the mountains to find her a husband. At the age of 25 (in 1923) she is almost unmarriageably old. Her father appears with... More

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“Novel of war set in the Veneto region, Italy by Elise Valmorbida”

An epic historical tale of Zimbabwe/Rhodesia
Italy, 1923

Maria Vittoria is 25 years old and too old to be still living at home. Society expects a woman of that age to have a family or at least a husband. So, her... More

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