Reeds in the Wind (Canne al vento)
Twenty years after Carducci won the Nobel Prize in literature; Mme Grazia Deledda (his compatriot) was awarded the same honor in the same field. She thus became the second Italian as well as the second woman to receive this distinction. Out of her voluminous writings, I like her Reeds in the Wind which is the portrayal of life in Sardinia - the place where she was born, the place she loved most as also the place that finds mention in the Nobel citation. She goes on to remark that 'We are like reeds & the wind determines our destiny'. A beauteous & poetic prose.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
A sensitive and imaginative woman tell with realism stories and people of her Sardegna, an isle with traditions millenary.
/Isabella Barberi, Italy
The Mother (La madre)
"Why should we search for subjects beyond the horizon when we have only to open our eyes upon all the drama of human life close at hand?". That is the extent to which Deledda Grazia worships 'realism' and chooses to make Sardinia a staple canvas to paint her writings upon. I recommend her long-short story The Mother. The story of 'The Mother' is very simple and can hardly be called its most important part. In a nutshell, it runs thus: Paul, the son of an old widow, takes an oath against seeing Agnes - a woman of easy virtues. He breaks the oath within twenty four hours and also tells Agnes about the said oath. Agnes threatens to expose him from the Church pulpit the next day. Paul tells this to his mother who accompanies him to the Church the next day. Next day, after the communion was ended, the Mother- Son duo perceive Agnes get up from her seat and walk toward the pulpit. The sight is unbearable for the Mother and she drops dead. The tale is a combination of the technique of flash-back, of stream- of- consciousness, of the portrayal of elemental passions of man and woman pitted against orthodoxy. No wonder; Henrik Schück has called Deledda Grazia "a master of the art of fusing realism with idealism".
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
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