Claim your place in the sun

Claim your place in the sun

BET À DAY

Today hardly anyone remembers Alba de Céspedes. In her time, this Italian writer did a lot for women, whom she wanted to be equal to men.

In Italy, Elles was published in 1949 And since Alba de Céspedes was famous, French-speaking readers could in turn read it seven years later. The problem is that this book – like almost all of the author's work – has been wrongly categorized as “romance novels”. 

As the years went by, no one was really interested in it anymore and it would probably have completely sunk into oblivion if Gallimard had not had the idea of ​​resurrecting it in its collection From around the world. 

Alessandra, the narrator, did not grow up in a happy home. While she would have liked to become a concert performer, her mother had to content herself with giving piano lessons to children from families much richer than theirs. As for his father, well, it's hard to find more taciturn, harsher and more distant. But the society of the time granting all rights to men, he did as he pleased, and too bad if his beautiful wife suffered. 

Getting out of the trap

As she gets older, Alessandra promises herself never to fall into the same kind of trap. To love yes, but not to the point of leaving aspirations, ideals, happiness and personality behind. A resolution that she easily held until 1941, that is until she met the handsome Francesco Minelli in Rome. Because it is only after having accepted to become Mrs. Minelli that she will understand that women still have a long way to go before being respected and leading the life of their dreams.

A remarkable novel that deserves to be given a place again.

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