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Lettera ad un bambino mai nato Published by Rizzoli in , Letter to a Child Never Born was quickly translated and sold in twenty seven countries, becoming an extraordinary world success It is the tragic monologue of a woman speaking with the child she carries in her womb This letter confronts the burning theme of abortion, and the meaning of life, by asking difficult questions Is it fair to impose life even if it means suffering Would it be better not to be born at all Letter to a Child Never Born touches on the real meaning of being a woman the power to give life or not When the book begins, the protagonist is upset after learning she is pregnant She knows nothing about the child, except that this creature depends totally and uniquely on her own choices The creation of another person directly within one s own body is a very shocking thing The sense of responsibility is huge it is a heavy burden that gives life to endless reflections, from the origin of our existence to the shame of our selfishness If the child could choose, would he prefer to be born, to grow up, and to suffer, or would he return to the joyful limbo from which he came A woman s freedom and individuality are also challenged by a newborn should she renounce her freedom, her job, and her choice What should she do at this point


About the Author: Oriana Fallaci

Oriana Fallaci was born in Florence, Italy During World War II, she joined the resistance despite her youth, in the democratic armed group Giustizia e Libert Her father Edoardo Fallaci, a cabinet maker in Florence, was a political activist struggling to put an end to the dictatorship of Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini It was during this period that Fallaci was first exposed to the atrocities of war.Fallaci began her journalistic career in her teens, becoming a special correspondent for the Italian paper Il mattino dell Italia centrale in 1946 Since 1967 she worked as a war correspondent, in Vietnam, for the Indo Pakistani War, in the Middle East and in South America For many years, Fallaci was a special correspondent for the political magazine L Europeo and wrote for a number of leading newspapers and Epoca magazine During the 1968 Tlatelolco massacre prior to the 1968 Summer Olympics, Fallaci was shot three times, dragged down stairs by her hair, and left for dead by Mexican forces According to The New Yorker, her former support of the student activists devolved into a dislike of Mexicans The demonstrations by immigrants in the United States these past few months disgust her, especially when protesters displayed the Mexican flag I don t love the Mexicans, Fallaci said, invoking her nasty treatment at the hands of Mexican police in 1968 If you hold a gun and say, Choose who is worse between the Muslims and the Mexicans, I have a moment of hesitation Then I choose the Muslims, because they have broken my balls In the late 1970s, she had an affair with the subject of one of her interviews, Alexandros Panagoulis, who had been a solitary figure in the Greek resistance against the 1967 dictatorship, having been captured, heavily tortured and imprisoned for his unsuccessful assassination attempt against dictator and ex Colonel Georgios Papadopoulos Panagoulis died in 1976, under controversial circumstances, in a road accident Fallaci maintained that Panagoulis was assassinated by remnants of the Greek military junta and her book Un Uomo A Man was inspired by the life of Panagoulis.During her 1972 interview with Henry Kissinger, Kissinger agreed that the Vietnam War was a useless war and compared himself to the cowboy who leads the wagon train by riding ahead alone on his horse.Kissinger later wrote that it was the single most disastrous conversation I have ever had with any member of the press She has written several novels uncomfortably close to raw reality which have been bestsellers in Italy and widely translated Fallaci, a fully emancipated and successful woman in the man s world of international political and battlefront journalism, has antagonized many feminists by her outright individualism, her championship of motherhood, and her idolization of heroic manhood In journalism, her critics have felt that she has outraged the conventions of interviewing and reporting As a novelist, she shatters the invisible diaphragm of literariness, and is accused of betraying, or simply failing literature Fallaci has twice received the St Vincent Prize for journalism, as well as the Bancarella Prize 1971 for Nothing, and So Be It Viareggio Prize 1979 , for Un uomo Romanzo and Prix Antibes, 1993, for Inshallah She received a D.Litt from Columbia College Chicago She has lectured at the University of Chicago, Yale University, Harvard University, and Columbia University citation needed Fallaci s writings have been translated into 21 languages including English, Spanish, French, Dutch, German, Greek, Swedish, Polish, Croatian and Slovenian.Fallaci was a life long heavy smoker She died on September 15, 2006 in her native Florence from breast cancer.



10 thoughts on “Lettera ad un bambino mai nato

  1. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Lettera a un bambino mai nato Letter to a Child Never Born, Oriana FallaciLetter to a Child Never Born Italian Lettera a un bambino mai nato, 1975 is a novel by Italian author and journalist Oriana Fallaci It is written as a letter by a young professional woman presumably Fallaci herself to the fetus she carries in utero it details the woman s struggle to choose between a career she loves and an unexpecte


  2. Samadrita Samadrita says:

    Once in a while, I stumble upon an unheard of book written by someone who expresses everything I have ever felt and says it as eloquently and without any reservations as I would hope to someday And I realize once again why reading is so vital to my existence Only literature helps me make my peace with all the ugliness in the world and infuses me with the strength to carry on with whatever futile everyday do


  3. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    This is a very difficult book to review, seeing as I don t have a womb, thus will never carry a child.The whole narrative is a juggernaut of intense, heartrending and headline size sentences, presumably a fictional account of Fallaci s miscarriage, but I found her highly inflated state of emotion did begin to lose it s power later on The dream sequences and imagined dialog from the viewpoint of the unborn chi


  4. Ivana Books Are Magic Ivana Books Are Magic says:

    One of the most profoundly sad books I ve ever read, Letter to a Child Never Born is a deeply personal conversation between a woman and her unborn child You might call it a monologue, but to me it feelslike a dialogue, even if the child this letter is directed to is still a fetus The way Fallaci addresses the child makes it seem all too real Yes, the fetus doesn t directly answer the mother, but one can feel th


  5. Zak Zak says:

    I will never know what it feels like to be expecting at least not in this lifetime if you believe in reincarnation Nor will I ever know what goes through the mind of a woman facing a pregnancy for which she is totally unprepared Thanks though to Oriana Fallaci s Letter to a Child Never Born , I have been given a glimpse into how at least one woman might feel in such a situation.This novel I have no idea if it ref


  6. Peter Peter says:

    I initially read Oriana Fallaci s book A Man after reading her interview with the Ayatollah Khomeini The recounting of her encounter with the Cyproit patriot who was the subject of the book A Man caused me to admire her courage to simply be honest The honesty and the intimacy which she penned in Letter to a Child Never Born fortuneately or unfortuneately for my children, guided my parentingthan any of teh volumes o


  7. Avanthika Avanthika says:

    Here we have a protagonist, lady who brakes up after confirming pregnancy for her man suggested to abort She writes a letter to that fetus in her womb, about life, living life and all the strings attached to life as a whole A letter on human tendencies, values and worth less chasing that we do for various statuses She writes all negatives first She writes all the dirty things about life which people ll generally avoi


  8. Pamela Pamela says:

    Bracing, emotional true depths are reached here Fallaci, unexpectedly pregnant in her 40s, writes to her unborn child, whose father wants Fallaci to have an abortion Fallaci finds herself unwilling to do so, though she has no plans to maintain a relationship with the father She is buffeted by the reactions of those around her her parents, who are disappointed a friend who insists she ll ruin her life if she has the bab


  9. Nesa Nesa says:

    Personally I m not sure how I m gonna feel in my 40s or 50s , but right now I m so happy for not having any child Giving Birth from my perspective as a woman is the only responsibility in the world you can never get rid of.It s not all about responsibility, the main doubt is , does the word Life worth it to get suffered life time as a person , who had absolutely no choice to be born or not Personally I m not sure how I m


  10. Beatrice Beatrice says:

    well deserved I don t know if it s all the Handmaid s Tale hype but lately I becameandinterested in reading feminist books, but I found this book to be a little masterpiece and seminal in its field Never trite, and never sugar coating, Fallaci tells her own story with a great deal of realism, pain and a rawness that maybe elsewhere I would find to be unpleasant, but that are necessary when you are dealing with divisive the


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