Tina mafia soldier

Maria Rosa Cutrufelli ; translated from the Italian by Robin Pickering-Iazzi
Book - 2023

"In the 1980s, a teenage girl terrorizes the Sicilian town of Gela. Tina's father was in Cosa Nostra and was brutally shot dead in front of her when she was just eight; after that, she made it her mission in life to join the mafia, although women are traditionally not allowed in. Nicknamed 'a masculidda, or "the tomboy," Tina is notorious through Gela for her recklessness, cruelty, and complete disregard for societal expectations. When a news article is published about Tina's latest crimes, an unnamed teacher living in Rome feels compelled to write a novel about her-even though it means returning to her home island of Sicily to gather material. She and Tina circle around each other in a hypnotic, dangerous dance of obsession and violence until their first, and last, explosive meeting. In this ruminative, literary exploration of what it means to live in the mafia's dark shadow, the narrator's observations and interactions are counterposed against recollections of Tina's life as she grows up from a child into a soldier of the mafia, shedding gender constraints along the way. Based closely on Maria Rosa Cutrufelli's experiences as a Sicilian and on the true case of a teenage girl who became a mafia soldier, Song to the Desert is a powerful work of autofiction whose original Italian publication was a watershed moment for Italian crime fiction, as it shed a light on a corner of mafia literature that had previously gone unexplored: the role of women in the mafia, and the impact that the mafia has on women and girls"--

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Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Cutrufelli, Maria Rosa (Author)
Other Authors: Pickering-Iazzi, Robin (Translator)
Format: Book
Language:English
Italian
Published: New York, NY : Soho Crime, 2023.
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