Anna Maria Ortese, L'iguana [The Iguana]

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Anna Maria Ortese’s first novel, L’iguana [The Iguana], is her third major publication and the one that best represents her new artistic maturity after the magic realism of her literary debut, Angelici dolori [Angelic Pains] (1937), and the neorealism of her second short story collection, Il mare non bagna Napoli [The Bay is not Naples ] (1953). Although some of the short stories in her Neapolitan reportage, particularly “Un paio di occhiali” [A Pair of Glasses] and “Interno famigliare” [“Family Interior”], had given Ortese much visibility and appreciation among readers, other ones, such as “Il silenzio della ragione” [The Silence of Reason], where she openly criticized several Neapolitans leftist intellectuals who had been her friends, inspired considerable…

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Citation: Seno, Cosetta. "L'iguana". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 28 December 2018 [, accessed 04 December 2023.]

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