Alice Ceresa was a twentieth-century Italian writer of Swiss origin. She is primarily remembered for her 1967 experimental novel La figlia prodiga [The Prodigal Daughter]. Her numerous unpublished works, stored at the National Swiss Archives in Bern, Switzerland, make her one of the century’s most prolific and yet understudied writers.
Ceresa was born on January 25, 1923, in Basel, Switzerland, to a Swiss mother and an Italian father, and she was raised in Bellinzona, capital of the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. The multiplicity of languages that she spoke fluently -- Italian, German, French, and English – and her frequent moves shaped her identity, as she acknowledged in an interview in 1994:</…
Ardeni, Viola. "Alice Ceresa". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 27 March 2019
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