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Bella mia

· the novel ·

Many would be injured: a city, struck by a devastating earthquake; a family, battered by misunderstandings and grief; a young woman whose life has been since childhood lived in the shadow of a twin sister who has always protected her with her strength. Yet the novel by the abruzzese Donatella Di Pietrantonio, Bella mia (Elliot, 2014) set in Aquila, manages to break away from the cliché of a mere story of redemption and reconstruction. Because, by addressing the difficulties of the present (exacerbated by the knowledge that the world of politics has failed in its ethical role), and finding herself forced to come to terms with the past, the main character - a professional potter - discovers that the line between winners and losers is extremely faint. An awareness, this, that perhaps will allow her to dissolve the knot of gloom that marks, like a slight repressed hissing sound, her every breath. (@ GiuliGaleotti)

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