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LA MENNULARA (GRAPHIC NOVEL)

Simonetta Agnello Hornby
Massimo Fenati

  • Original Title: LA MENNULARA (GRAPHIC NOVEL)
  • Publication date: November 2018
  • Publisher: FELTRINELLI EDITORE
  • Country: IT
  • Biopics

Information

  • Epoch: Mixed
  • Time Period: 21st century, 20th century
  • Location setting: Italy
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Looking back on one's life, Search for the truth, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Poverty, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Social relations, Solidarity, FAMILY, Life choice, Social climbing, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character

Pitch

Who was Maria Rosalia Inzerillo, known as Mennulara, the almond picker? Born into a desperately poor Sicilian farming family, Mennulara went into service when she was only a girl, as a maid for a well-to-do local family. She became the indispensable administrator of the family's affairs and was said to be rich. Still, she was a mere servant, and now (as the story begins) she is dead. Who was she, really?

Comments

The novel (Feltrinelli, 2002) was a best seller in Italy. It sold in twenty countries, and won the Alassio 100 libri prize, the Forte Village prize, the Stresa Prize and the Novela Europea Casino de Santiago.

'Excellent, atmospheric . . . A charming, perceptive tragicomedy' said The Guardian about the novel

Born and brought up in Palermo, Simonetta Agnello Hornby lives in London where she works as a lawyer.

Massimo Fenati is a cartoonist. He was born in Genoa, Italy, but has lived in London, UK, since 1995.

Summary

Who is Maria Rosalia Inzerillo, known as Mennulara, the almond picker? Born into a desperately poor Sicilian farming family, Mennulara went into service when she was only a girl, as a maid for a well-to-do local family; by dint of hard work and intelligence, she became the indispensable administrator of the family's affairs and was said to be rich. Still, she was a mere servant, and now (as the story begins) she is dead.
Who was she, really? Everyone has a very different idea about Mennulara's amazing life. Was she a humble servant who ruled her master, or perhaps a pawn for the Mafia? Was she a seducer and opportunist, a sly blackmailer waiting for a payoff, or the opposite? Was La Mennulara a saint or a devil? During the thirty days following her death, the surprising truth is revealed.

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  • Author’s biography

    Born and brought up in Palermo, Simonetta Agnello Hornby lives in London where she works as a lawyer. Feltrinelli published LA MENNULARA (2002, Forte Village prize, Stresa prize, Alassio prize), LA ZIA MARCHESA (2004), BOCCAMURATA (2007), VENTO SCOMPOSTO (2009).

    Massimo Fenati is a cartoonist. He was born in Genoa, Italy, but has lived in London, UK, since 1995.