Darkness by Dacia Maraini
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Contemporary
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Set in Rome
(Lazio)
THEME
©1999

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Dacia Maraini

Darkness

(Translated from the Italian by Martha King)

JACKET NOTES:  The seeds for the twelve interconnected crime stories in Darkness, winner of Italy’s prestigious Strega Prize, came from the pages of the Italian daily papers. In sparse prose that echoes the files of a police report, Dacia Maraini gives a resounding voice to the string of victims who receive only fleeting mention in the media each day. Among them is twelve-year-old Viollca, an Albanian sold into prostitution by her parents, who hope she will soon return with enough money to pay for her dowry and a new roof. And the boy Tano, who brings charges of physical abuse against his father. Two years and the death of his younger brother pass before anyone at the police station will believe him. Linking the collection together is Adele Sofia, a steel-nerved though tenderhearted police commissioner with a penchant for licorice candy, who meets with many of these victims at various points on the investigative trail, and whose job it is to hunt down those who prey on society’s weakest and most vulnerable members. Told in a straightforward, unforgettably powerful and affecting manner in which the facts speak for themselves, Darkness illuminates the underbelly of Rome. With absorbing compassion and discretion Maraini creates a cast of characters who wake up each morning to a reality quite different from la dolce vita.
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