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Author Banti, Anna.
Uniform Title Signorina e altri racconti. English
Title The signorina and other stories / Anna Banti ; introduction by Carol Lazzaro-Weis ; translation by Martha King and Carol Lazzaro-Weis.
Published New York : Modern Language Association of America, 2001.
Book Cover

 Floor4  PQ4827.O635 A24 2001    IN LIBRARY
Description xxxiii, 171 p. ; 22 cm.
Series Texts and translations. Translations ; 9
Texts and translations. Translations ; 9.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. xxvii-xxix).
Contents Uncertain Vocations -- The Women Are Dying -- Joveta of Betania -- Sailing Ships -- The Signorina.
Summary "Greatly influenced by writers ranging from Dickens and Proust to Woolf and Colette, Anna Banti was a prominent figure on the Italian literary scene from the 1940s until her death in 1985. The five tales in "The Signorina" and Other Stories display her talent across many genres - fiction, science fiction, historical fiction, mystery.".
"Banti's stories portray the ageless conflict between the expectations of society and the aspirations of the individual. In "Uncertain Vocations," the young Ofelia becomes a pianist after her marriage prospects fail, but self-doubt turns her success into miserable mediocrity. In the futuristic "The Women Are Dying," men acquire a new evolutionary ability; women, lacking that ability, are consigned to the status of an inferior race. "Joveta of Betania," set in the time of the Crusades, follows the daughter of King Baldwin II of Jerusalem as she escapes to a life of seclusion as an abbess - a life that becomes for her a source of proud freedom and deep bitterness.
In "The Sailing Ships," a young boy creates an imaginary world from an uncertain childhood memory. "The Signorina" tells of a young woman who eventually finds herself, as a writer."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Fiction -- Translations.
Science fiction -- Translations.
Historical fiction -- Translations.
Mystery -- Translations.
Feminist fiction -- Russian.
Related Names King, Martha, 1928-
Lazzaro-Weis, Carol M., 1949-
ISBN 0873527925 (pbk.)
9780873527927 (pbk.)
OCLC number 47126859