Thanks to Elena Ferrante, Gallimard revives this masterful story written after the war by the Italian Alba de Céspedes, which features an unforgettable heroine. Fine analysis of the female psyche and the relationship between the sexes, it’s a marvel.
Alessandra believes in love. Alessandra wants to study, to work. Alessandra is unhappy to see her mother unhappy. Alessandra had a brother, Alessandro, who died before she was born and to whom she owes her first name. Alessandra lives in Rome. She is the heroine of a novel published in 1949, “Elles”, which makes its author, Alba de Céspedes, famous throughout the world, including the United States.
For thirty years, Alba de Céspedes is a glory of Italian literary and intellectual life. What a destiny for this daughter of a Cuban father, ambassador in Rome, and a mother from a large Italian family! Born in Rome in 1911, her paternal grandfather was the first president of Cuba. An only child, she married at the age of 15, gave birth to a son at 16, divorced and remarried in the 1940s with an ambassador.