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Maria Zef (European Women Writers (Paperback))
Publisher: University of Nebraska Press
Born in the medieval town of Castelfranco in the Venéto, Paola Drigo (1879–1938) wrote frankly about the poor and brutal lives of toilers in preindustrial northern Italy. Maria Zef, her masterpiece, focuses on the orphaned Maria, who assumes responsibilities beyond her years in protecting her baby sister and staying alive. Poverty, toil, illness, solitude, and abuse contribute to one of the most horrifying climaxes in modern fiction.