The heartbreaking autobiographical novel that paved the way for feminist writers in Italy.
Sibilla Aleramo, pseudonym of Marta Felicina Faccio, was an Italian author, best known for producing some of the first feminist writing in Italy and for her autobiographical depictions of life as a woman in late 19th century Italy. Born in Alessandria in 1876, Aleramo lived a tormented life and - according to her biographers - she argued she lived three lives. The first, as a mother and wife, which she explored in her first novel Una Donna (A Woman). The second, as an active player in feminist organisations in Italy. And the third, as an exploration of her life experiences through her writing.
A groundbreaking, earthquaking vision, a story and a
manifesto, and a literary performance so energetic it almost
demands to be read aloud . . . Readers who like to underline
striking passages will need to keep their pencils sharp -- John
Self * Guardian *
The first Italian feminist novel ... her voice brings us back to the present, with the dose of courage needed to freely choose one's destiny * La Repubblica *
Powerful -- Luigi Pirandello
What makes A Woman stand out is the rawness of its story ... and the fact that Aleramo was ahead of her time -- Caroline Moorehead * TLS *