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Hannah and the others

· The essay ·

In the book Hannah and the others (Einaudi, 2013) Nadia Fusini writes about women who write. The women are three in number and despite being very different to each other they lend themselves to being united in this compelling story, twentieth century women who shape themselves and define themselves, who have not adapted themselves to the dark times in which they happened to live, gave new names to old occurrences, they illuminated and dismantled, with irruptions of lucid judgments and dark deposits of preconceptions, of superstitions. Simone Weil dies aged 34 in 1943; Rachel Bespaloff in 1949 kills herself aged 54; after this Hannah Arendt passes away from a heart attack aged 69 in 1975. They lived the experience of being exiles because they are Jews, and perhaps it is due to this that they developed that freshness of judgment that is not fully aligned to the system in which they lived, but more importantly, the author seems to suggest, because they were Jewish women and their originality arises from this anthropological-cultural mixture. The author identifies a common structure behind the different destinies: the courage to seek true words, to consider art as a possible salvation, to nurture a hope, an ethical attitude. ( Isabella ducrot ).




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