Sisters in the flood – Nadeesha Uyangoda

Sisters in the flood – Nadeesha Uyangoda
Sisters in the flood – Nadeesha Uyangoda
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Nilda and Norma are cousins, but they are practically sisters from the day they lost their parents to the bombing of the Po in 1944 during the Second World War. They grow up side by side, inseparable, in a farmhouse in the Polesine countryside, until in 1951 a sudden storm caused Norma to fall off her bicycle, and from day to day she began to behave in a strange way, at times violent and increasingly distant. Sonia Aggio, born in 1995, was among the finalists of the Campiello prize in 2016 and her narrative debut is characterized by telegraphic phrases – which I personally do not like – and a didactic gait that focuses a lot on how the characters move within the novel, but without providing information that makes it easier for the reader to follow the plot. On the one hand, she is frustrating, but she certainly helps keep the tension and mystery of the story high, while still helping to keep us glued to the pages. In the end, patience is rewarded, because in the second part of the novel the story is told through Norma’s point of view, making the river, the atmospheres of that year’s flood and the legends that bind humans to the nature. Magnificat it is among the works recommended by the reading committee of the Calvino 2022 prize. ◆


The article is in Italian

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