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mother (The)

mother (The) - Grazia Deledda, NOR (2016)

A masterpiece of world literature by the 1926 Nobel Laureate

The novel is set in Aar, a small and remote Sardinian village. The story takes place in less than three days and concerns two main characters, the mother and her son, the local priest. The mother, Maria Maddalena, grew up in this small village. Now her only child, Paul, has become a priest and has been assigned to this village. Maria sees this as the rest of their lives; to be together and that he becomes the best priest Aar ever had. One night she discovers that Paul is involved with a woman and suddenly realizes that everything she wished for is now in peril.

Author/s Grazia Deledda
Translator/s Mary G. Steegman
Publisher NOR
Edition Ghilarza, December 2016
Pages 160
Series Le Grazie
Genre Fiction
Format Paper 
Price € 12,00
Introduction David Herbert Lawrence
Foreword Mary G. Steegman
Release language English
Original language Italian

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The work

The Mother is an intriguing and marvellously written book. Its note of worthiness lies in the psychological study of the three main characters: the mother, Maria Maddalena, of the young parish priest; Paul, the priest himself; and Agnes, the rich lonely woman who irrupts into the lives of both mother and son.
Throughout the story, Paul fights his human desires and desperately tries to cling to the convened rule of celibacy in the priesthood. He lacks the ambition to be a good priest because the choice was not his own but his mother´s. His oath was taken before he really knew his ambition in life; his role was vested on to him by others and conditioned by society.
In what is probably her greatest masterpiece, the 1926 Nobel Laureate Grazia Deledda tells us in this novel that avoiding one´s true call in life may have consequences and that the disposing of the aberrant conditions that cause people to sin is perhaps the greatest misdeed of all.

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