Accabadora. Synopsis: Formerly beautiful and at one time betrothed to a fallen soldier, Bonaria Urrai has long held covenant with the dead. Michela Murgia, trans. from the italian by Silvester Mazzarella. of the Mediterranean isle, Bonaria is known as the accabadora, a word drawn. Buy Accabadora by Michela Murgia, Silvester Mazzarella from Amazon’s Fiction Books Store. Everyday low prices on a huge range of new releases and classic.

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This beautiful, slim volume has won no less than six literary prizes. Murgia paints an early and evocative picture of the young central character, Maria as she makes mud tarts. But this innocent activity is about to come to an abrupt halt. Her birth mother struggles to feed and clothe all her children Maria is the fourth child and is really a nuisance so when an opportunity arises which ‘solves the problem of Maria’ if you like, then she grabs it with both hands. Maria is quickly and rather unceremoniously adopted by an older woman who just happens to be a widow.

She has no children of her own and seems to lead a rather lonely, insular life. She is old enough to be a grandmother, let alone a mother.

Will she be able to cope with a noisy youngster under her roof? You wonder why she’d want to take in a raggedy child, or any child for that matter, in the first place.

Early on in the novel, Murgia’s distinctive style shines. She has a languid in a good way feel with her own voice mcihela describe people, places or even inanimate objects.


I quickly warmed to both the story and the storyteller. I loved lines such as It was hard to guess Accanadora Bonaria’s age on those days; Simple but very, very effective in my opinion. The story is set in rural Sardinia back in the s.

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Perhaps it’s not surprising then that the locals could barely sneeze, but word was round the village in record time. Gossip seemed to be a very popular hobby indeed – especially with the women.

The rather aloof, enigmatic Bonaria has certainly given her neighbours plenty to gossip about now. But she tries to remain aloof micheal it all. Bonaria hopes that Maria will settle well into her new home which is completely different from her old one. Maria took quite a bit of time getting used to living in all that space, never mind having a bedroom all to herself. But is she happy? Does she miss the noisy chatter with her siblings?

Murgia tells all in her own good time. Mother and daughter settle into a domestic routine, of sorts. Maria has learned that Bonaria is a skilled and much sought-after dressmaker and picks up tips and hints. They may come in useful in qccabadora future but at the moment, the young Maria has no idea what she wants to do with her life. Murgia, I have to say, is excellent at giving her readers a taste of that rural, unhurried life. Not a great deal happens, to be honest but that only serves to give Murgia many opportunities to treat us to her lyrical prose about everyday life.


And because I found her style captivating, I was captivated by even the simplest of things.


For example, there’s quite a lengthy piece devoted to the forthcoming marriage of Maria’s older sister, Bonacatta. Both families have arranged to meet but they are all on their best behaviour. You could also cut the atmosphere with a butter murgua. The gifts were a sort of votive offering to the supine figure of the Madonna of the Assumption, not so much ornaments as items for barter I found this novel simply enchanting due to Murgia’s beautiful style of writing, even although some parts are truly shocking.

This is a little gem of a book to be treasured and I fell under Murgia’s spell when reading it. The translation is also seamless – you wouldn’t guess that it was a translation in the first place.

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