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Love Letters
Dacia Maraini and Thomas Simpson (Translator)
Guernica Editions, Spring 2004
96 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781550711783
ISBN10: 1550711784
Translated from the Italian
$12.00 Canada, $12.00 US

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Love Letters was born from the reexamination of a poet wildly adored in the first half of the 20th century -- during the First World War and the Fascist Era -- and then reviled with equal passion in the second half. I had in hand many of his personal letters, which remain unedited because the many women D'Annunzio loved -- or at least those whom he courted and made love to -- kept them jealously for themselves. In my drama, D'Annunzio's love letters become the dark spirit of a thorny relationship between a mother and daughter. The reading of them provokes a confrontation between a living woman and a dead one who, as Pirandello might say, lived behind a strange and indecipherable mask. -- Dacia Maraini

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