By Michela Murgia
A winner of six major literary prizes, this rich and haunting novel examines the shadowy Sardinian figure of the Accabadora, exploring the boundaries between mercy-killing and murder.
When Maria, the fourth child of a widow, is adopted by the old and childless Bonaria Urrai, her life is instantly transformed - she finally has the love and affection she craves. But her new 'soul mother' is keeping something hidden from her, a secret life that is intimately bound-up with Sardinia's ancient traditions and customs.
Michela Murgia was born in Cabras, Sardinia. Accabadora firmly establishes her at the forefront of a recent renaissance in Italian fiction. It has won six literary prizes.
Silvester Mazzarella is a translator of Italian and Swedish literature. He lives in Canterbury.
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27 Sep 2012
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'An original work of serious accomplishment' Paul Bailey, Independent. — Independent
'A curious and elegiac work, it takes no prisoners when it comes to the realities of birth and death. Tenderly translated by Silvestre Mazzarella' Independent. — Independent
'A powerful and at times genuinely spellbinding piece of work' Billy O'Callaghan, Irish Examiner. — Irish Examiner
'A real gem ... Beautifully written ... Wonderfully well evoked ... It reminded me a little of The Tiger's Wife' Liz Jensen, Radio Four. — Radio Four
'Her evocation of rural life feels authentic and the atmosphere of earthy darkness is well sustained' Sunday Times. — Sunday Times
'Incredibly moving ... I really enjoyed it' Miranda Sawyer, Radio Four. — Radio Four