The Dragonfly (Paperback)

The Dragonfly By Amelia Rosselli, Roberta Antognini (Translator), Deborah Woodard (Translator) Cover Image
By Amelia Rosselli, Roberta Antognini (Translator), Deborah Woodard (Translator)
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Bilingual edition of post-war Italian writer Amelia Rosselli

La Libellula (The Dragonfly) is Amelia Rosselli's acknowledged first major work and contains all the elements of her mature vision: trilingual wordplay, musicality, and political engagement. With its vertiginous propulsion and rotational structure, this single-long poem, a canto, hovers on the edge of the surreal, where meaning continually multiplies and then negates. The reader must engage her work as she instructs -- intuitively. Her inventive refraction of Italian literary tradition sought a more authentic liberation, "in all the nation's life, in all the dismal / boroughs, in all the putridous world, exists / just one me, exists just one you, -- exists charity." Now recognized as one of the most significant voices of post war Europe, her visceral writing challenges the constriction of language as not only a fascist legacy but also as a critique of the banality and materialism of reconstruction. Our bilingual edition includes an audio download of selections read in Italian and English by translator Deborah Woodard and actor Riccardo Pieri.


Product Details
ISBN: 9780960045730
ISBN-10: 0960045732
Publisher: Entre Rios Books
Publication Date: March 7th, 2023
Pages: 80
Language: English