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Michela Canova, a radio journalist, returns home to find that Angela Bari, her neighbour, has been murdered.
Coincidentally, she is asked to prepare a series on crimes against women. Researching the programmes, Michela Canova is forced to confront the every day horror and violence of big city life.
Did Angela Bari, seemingly so sweet and fragile, drive her many admirers to the very limit of sexual frenzy until one of them exploded in an orgy of hatred and loathing? And why does she, Michela Canova, see the same pattern of incitement and repulsion repeat itself in her own relationships?
Once again, Dacia Maraini asks fundamental questions about the human condition.
How much can individuals escape patterns of domination, of male domination, that are in place the world over?
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If you're searching for something fresh in the mystery garden, this paperback original from the author called "Italy's most audacious writer" by the London Sunday Times might just prove to be a breath of spring. Radio journalist Michela Canova, working on a series of unsolved crimes against women, comes home to her apartment building in Rome to discover that her neighbor, Angela Bari, has been murdered. In Maraini's subtle, sardonic hands (aided by a smooth translation by Dick Kitto and Elspeth Spottiswood), the resulting story of the search for the victim's identity as well as her killer is anything but predictable.About the Author:
Dacia Maraini is Italy's most controversial author. Works translated into English include Isolina, The Silent Duchess (Campiello Prize 1990) and Bagheria. A fearless political and social campaigner, she is hated by the power brokers of Italian society. As the Guardian put it: 'Once Alberto Moravia's lover, she is now a bestselling writer, vociferous about women and the Left, who has turned detective. No wonder the Italian establishment want to silence Dacia Maraini.'
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Book Description Serpent's Tail, 1996. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Seller Inventory # P02185242527X
Book Description Serpent's Tail, 1996. Paperback. Condition: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Seller Inventory # mon0001191070