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A catalogue of writes and books on the rural world

A can’t-miss list of titles for the lovers of the agricultural world and of country life and its complex dynamics

ALVARO Corrado. Gente in Aspromonte: Antonello, son of a poor shepherd from Abruzzo, lives away from home, with a temporary job. When the abuse and arrogance of the rich land owners destroy the little properties of his family, he decides to seek refuge in Aspromonte and fight for the exploited.

AMADO Jorge. Tieta, the Goat Girl: the story of a goat shepherd, wild and rebel to herself. The woman flees from Agreste dunes, a sleepy city in the state of Bahia, that is close to be run over by progress. Tieta is a good daughter, teacher of love and muse of a few local poets, who will become the Sertao’s Jeanne D’Arc.

ASTURIAS Miguel Angel (Nobel prize 1967). The Mulatta and Mr. Fly: this is the dramatic and surprising story of a farmer who sells his wife to a local divinity in exchange for richness. A whirlwind of passion, situations in between magic and reality, that represent the composite soul of Guatemala. A book in which myths, superstitions and popular traditions find room, mixed with fantasy and erotic themes.

BACCHELLI Riccardo. Il mulino del Po: three generations of a family of river millers in the waters and lands around Ferrara, in a century of history of Italy, since the retreat of Napoleon from Russia until World War I. This is the masterpiece of the Bolognese writer.

BERNANOS Georges. Diary of a Country Priest: a symbol of the true faith, a young priest fights against the aridity and lack of comprehension of his parishioners, supported by abiding strength and dignity.

by Luigi Caricato
05 october 2009, Food Notes > Miscellanea