THE CURSED FRIEND

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An unbreakable, life-changing friendship will lead two young girls from different worlds to rebel against the sexism, prejudice, and injustice they face living in 1930s Italy in this moving novel that echoes the spirit of beloved works by Elena Ferrante.

It is 1936, and in the small Italian city of Monza, on the pebbled bank of the Lambro, two frantic girls scramble to bury a body-the dead son of the city''s most prominent fascist. If they are discovered, their lives and the fierce friendship they share will be in jeopardy.
A year earlier, Francesca Strada, the respectable and well-behaved daughter of bourgeois parents, yearns for a life beyond provincial conformity. She is fascinated by Maddalena, the town''s rebellious outcast whom neighbors call ''the cursed one.'' Stubborn and proud, the young girl embraces their scorn, flouting social convention and gaining both ire and disapproval. Her indomitable nature-the unrestrained spirit of someone completely unafraid-fascinates Francesca. Then, one day, escaping the vigilant eye of her parents, Francesca finds herself caught in her first ever lie trying to protect Maddalena only to befriend her.
Quickly becoming inseparable, Maddalena teaches Francesca to defy animals, overcome her fear of blood, and revel in her body, recognizing it as something alive and present. But the threat from Mussolini''s fascist goons is growing and Maddalena and Francesca become increasingly aware that as girls, they are not the free and independent individuals they yearn to be. Set against the backdrop of the Abyssinian war, The Cursed Friend is a timeless tale of female friendship, navigating loss and adolescence, and discovering the courage to denounce oppression and patriarchy.
Translated from the Italian by Elena Pala


  • Auteur(s)

    Beatrice Salvioni

  • Éditeur

    William Collins

  • Distributeur

    Olf

  • Date de parution

    20/06/2024

  • EAN

    9780008694685

  • Disponibilité

    Disponible

  • Longueur

    24 cm

  • Largeur

    15.9 cm

  • Épaisseur

    1.8 cm

  • Poids

    420 g

  • Support principal

    Grand format

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