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Her father, Oreste, a Sicilian of Catalan origins the last name: Ortez was Italianized as Ortese was an employee of the Italian Government, and the Ortese family moved quite frequently, as her father was posted in various parts of Italy. It made her feel, from the very beginning, almost a stranger to her own homeland and society, a sentiment that would later be reflected in her peculiar choices of themes and original writing style in her fiction.
After returning from Tripoli where Anna Maria had attended the third grade , she received only a few more years of formal education. The death of her favorite brother, Emanuele, marked the beginning both of her literary career debuting in in "La fiera letteraria" with a series of poems including Manuele, followed by a collection of short stories in Angelici dolori and of the disintegration of her family. Another brother, also a sailor, would die in Albania.
The remaining two emigrated to Australia and Canada. The death of her parents in and left Anna Maria and her sister the only vestige of the original family. Anna Maria, following her profession as a reporter, started moving restlessly around Italy. She was also constantly haunted by financial problems and was forced to continue working as a journalist even as she wrote her short stories and novels.
Between and she lived for long periods in Milan and Rome, and in she finally settled in Rapallo Liguria.
In , thanks to, among other things, a life annuity granted her through the Bacchelli Law, she was able to buy a condominium in Rapallo. She died in During the many years of her writing career, Anna Maria Ortese was loved, hated and many times forgotten. Her work finally achieving widespread recognition and acclaim only towards the end of her life and mostly after her death. This is partly attributable to the difficulty, encountered by critics, to define her position within the literary canon.
Her literary debut as a fiction writer came in with Angelici Dolori, a collection of short stories in which the treatment of reality and dreams, ghosts and symbols, religion and reason contribute to the creation of that particular Ortesian style that has always been so difficult to categorize. Through her, critics took aim at her mentor, Massimo Bontempelli who was, at the time, the most important exponent of the poetic of Magic Realism, by brutally attacking Angelici Dolori.
This is particularly true because, as in all her works, her observation of reality is flavored with her visionary writing style, and because it expresses her compassion for the more unfortunate creatures that inhabit the world around us. The last part of the book: "il silenzio della ragione" with her strong criticism of the young Neapolitan Intellectuals, was to cause further intellectual isolation for Ortese, who went, from that moment on, nearly unseen in the Italian Literary Panorama for years to come.
The Iguana, published in , brought further disappointment. He ultimately dies without realizing his dream - the reintegration of "the beast" into a society that has forgotten how to love the creatures of the universe. Although a few critics reviewed it favorably, the majority found it difficult to understand, both in style and content, while the public, which had appreciated the relatively simple style of Il mare non bagna Napoli, found The Iguana very difficult to read.
Considering her high expectations, the relative "failure" of the novel she loved best, marks for Ortese the beginning of an age of isolation and bitterness. She feels more and more distant from the world in which she lives, as she reflects on the mechanization of novel writing in a society where she believes that novels have to be agreed upon with the editor, according to commercial guidelines, before they are even written.
It is now that she begins writing her autobiography, as she feels the need to reflect upon her literary career and the things that brought her to be a writer. For the rest of her life, Ortese continually re-wrote new editions of what would become her masterpiece: Il Porto di Toledo.
Ricordi della vita irreale, The harbor of Toledo - Memories of an unreal life. Reality and fiction join seamlessly to create a completely new style of autobiographical writing.
But Ortese is disappointed again. The novel, published by Rizzoli in , sells only copies and is soon forgotten by both critics and the public. Her encounter with the publishing house Adelphi, in the person of Roberto Calasso, marks an upswing in her work. In close cooperation with Calasso, she enters a most prolific period.
This novel finally gives Ortese the recognition and national and international visibility she deserves. In , Alonso e i visionari was published. It is a fantastic-detective story whose main character, Alonso, is a mountain lion from Arizona, that represents the "spirit of the world" and will therefore be humiliated and probably killed. Luca Clerici, La lente scura: Scritti di viaggio and a wonderful small volume of essays that include her views on the world, nature and on contemporary society Corpo celeste.
Today, Anna Maria Ortese is considered one of the most authentic and original voices in contemporary European literature.
While her work remains impossible to categorize within the rigid boundaries of the literary canon, the new interest that critics from all over the world and particularly Italy and North America have shown in her work, and the numerous contributions that have appeared from critics in the past five years, show that many aspects of her fiction and poetry have yet to be discovered and analyzed fully.
Her sensitivity to the suffering of less fortunate human creatures; her conception of man as a mere "guest" on earth and the necessity to respect and love the entire planet and its creatures; her creation of "a new language" to express the "impossible"; her incredible style of narration - all of these things make Anna Maria Ortese one of the most interesting and original writers of the 20th century.
Editions of Works Anna Maria Ortese has written innumerable articles for the most important newspapers and magazines in Italy. M Ortese Romanzi Vol. Monica Farnetti Milan: Adelphi, is also very useful. Sources Baldi, A. Levarie Smarr and D. Valentini, Madison N. Benfante M. Clerici, L. Apparizione e visione. Vita e opere di A. Milan: Mondadori, Della Coletta, C. La lente scura di Anna Maria Ortese", Italica Farnetti, M.
Anna Maria Ortese. Milan:Adelphi, Fontanella, L. Ortese " Narrativa 24 Ghezzo, F. Iannaccone, G. La scrittrice reazionaria. Il giornalismo militante di A. Naples: Liguori, Lanslot, I. Ortese" Narrativa 24 Mazzocchi, G. Nozzoli, Anna. Papini, M. Il cardillo addolorato" in Paesaggio e memoria.
Giornata di studi su Anna Maria Ortese. Pieracci Harwell, M. Ortese", in Paesaggio e memoria. Scaramucci, I. I Contemporanei. Gianni Grana, vol. SenoReed, C. Un paio di occhiali e Interno familiare. Due diversi tipi di estraniamento", Rassegna Europea di Letteratura Italiana 20 : Smith, S. Revised, expanded edition. Bondanella and J. Conway Bondanella. Westport: Greenwood Press, Spagnoletti G. Ortese" Novecento.
Wood, S. Ortese", Italica, 71,3 : London: Athole Press, Produced by the University of Chicago Library. Send questions or comments about IWW to ets lib. PhiloLogic is a registered trademark of The University of Chicago.
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Her father worked for the Italian government , and the family moved frequently. His death drove her to write. Her work was well-received, and she was encouraged to write further. The following year, the same magazine published her first short story, La Pellerossa. Although this story received favorable reviews, it drew criticism from prominent literary critics Falqui and Vigorelli. In , she traveled from Florence to Venice , where she found employment as a proofreader with the local newspaper Il Gazzetino.
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