Church of Solitude, The
Publication Year: 2002
Published by: State University of New York Press
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Maria Concezione left the small hospital of her town on the seventh of December, the vigil of her saint’s day. She had undergone a serious operation: her left breast had been completely cut away. Upon discharging her, the head physician had said with Olympian and crystalline cruelty, “You are fortunate you are no longer very young—twenty-eight, I believe—...
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content. It was enough to love, and the blood ran hot in his veins, and youth bloomed all around him in the cold little church, with all the roses of hope and of good intentions. But all of a sudden the door was opened brusquely, and almost pushing each other, two young men came in. They made great signs of the cross with holy water, but turning ...
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garden. And the mountains cast off, once and for all, their winter pelts. A small man of an indefinable age and station, still slim in his black overcoat cut in the old way, but smart and clean, with a shiny bowler hat on his small and restless head like that of a bird, with gloves, a cane, and patent leather shoes, entered the little church. He bowed without kneeling towards the Holy ...
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even more foolish. And so it’s almost certain to turn out that in the end they’ll go away together. ”Cold and hostile, yet with a vague relief, she said, “Good luck. Have a good trip. ”And each time the memory, or as she put it, the temptation, of the young stranger came back to her mind, sometimes in an almost tangible way, swollen with anguish and jealousy, she tried to squash it like you squash a troublesome insect. But ...
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some way that would become known, and perhaps also with money, had gone off on his own business. The “doctor” exasperated Concezione. Sometimes he even managed to mesmerize and frighten her, weaving his own special version of the mysterious happenings. “It probably happened like this: that simpleton was practically ...
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In 1900, when Grazia Deledda, twenty-nine years old and newly married, left Sardinia for Rome, she already had sixteen books in print. By the time of her death thirty-six years later, she was the author of over sixty volumes, including novels, collections of stories and folklore of Sardinia, poetry, and essays. Two things about this life of literature are truly remarkable: the fact ...
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Page Count: 176
Publication Year: 2002
Series Title: SUNY series, Women Writers in Translation