Paola Drigo: Maria Zef (2125 words)

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Trans. by Charlotte Beare (University of Exeter)

The novel Maria Zef by Paola Drigo was published in 1936 and translated into English by Blossom Steinberg Kirschenbaum in 1989. It is set in the Veneto region of northeast Italy sometime between 1929 and 1936. The novel’s eponymous protagonist is an illiterate orphan who lacks a religious education and speaks a rural dialect that is incomprehensible to town folk. She lives in an isolated area high up in the mountains and works on the land, sharing a cabin with her younger sister and an uncle who wants to send her off to work as a servant. Maria would like to stay with her sister but for many years, “especially after her mother’s death, her attitude toward [her uncle] Barbe Zef had been that of a suppliant toward one who …



Citation:
Parisi, Luciano. "Maria Zef". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 12 May 2016
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