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A writer’s life

· The essay ·

The most beautiful biography of Teresa is Teresa d’Ávila, with the subtitle Biografia di una scrittrice, written by the Communist Hispanist Rosa Rossi, which came out in 1983. Rossi vividly reconstructed Teresa’s condition as a “new Christian”, her vivacious and sensitive personality, capable even of diplomacy in order to implement her projects and, especially, also to continue writing. In addition to making the most of Teresa’s unprecedented dimension as a writer, Rossi competently reconnects her with the cultural context in which she lived. It was a complex, conflictual and seething context, especially from the religious viewpoint. Indeed, as studies made by the Carmelites in the 1960s show, “it becomes indisputably clear that Teresa’s true place was that which saw her standingbeside those Spanish – and not only Spanish – Christians who had decided to develop and defend a new relationship with God, interior and silent, the relationship which then became the nucleus from which one of the women leaders of modern freedom of conscience was born”. (@LuceScaraffia)

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