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Il ritratto di una donna, Adua, alla ricerca di sé in un lungo viaggio dalla Somalia a Roma.
Adua è oggi una donna matura e vive a Roma da quando ha diciassette anni.
È una Vecchia Lira, così i nuovi immigrati chiamano le donne giunte in Italia durante la diaspora somala degli anni Settanta. Ha da poco sposato un giovane richiedente asilo sbarcato a Lampedusa e ha con lui un rapporto ambiguo, complicato. Non a caso lo chiama sempre Titanic, lo fa per rimarcare una differenza e forse per ferirlo un po’. Adua è confusa e a un bivio della sua vita. Medita di tornare in Somalia, paese che non ha più rivisto dallo scoppio della guerra civile. Ormai è sola a Roma, la sua amica Lul è già rientrata in patria. Per questo confida i suoi tormenti alla statua dell’elefantino del Bernini che regge l’obelisco in piazza Santa Maria sopra Minerva. Piano piano racconta a questo amico di marmo la sua storia: figlia di Zoppe, ultimo discendente di una famiglia di indovini, il padre lavorava come interprete durante il regime fascista. Negli anni Trenta Zoppe baratterà involontariamente la sua libertà con la libertà del suo popolo. Adua, fuggita dai rigori paterni e dalla dittatura comunista, approda a Roma inseguendo il miraggio del cinema. Purtroppo l’unico film da lei interpretato, un porno soft dal titolo Femina Somala, sarà fonte solo di umiliazione e vergogna. E solo adesso che il suo Titanic sta per partire, Adua si rende conto di essere pronta a riprendere in mano la sua vita.
Romanzo a due voci, quella di un padre e di una figlia, Adua indaga il loro rapporto impossibile e lo fa seguendo tutte le loro luci e le loro ombre. Ma alla fine Adua è soprattutto il racconto di un sogno, quello della libertà che ha consumato in modo diverso e in tempi diversi le vite di entrambi.

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2015
September 2
LANGUAGE
IT
Italian
LENGTH
184
Pages
PUBLISHER
Giunti
SELLER
Giunti Editore S.p.A.
SIZE
696.3
KB

Customer Reviews

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highlights the variety of perspectives, viewpoints and lesser-known histories

3.5 Stars, Rounded

I wasn’t wholly sure what to expect from this story: from the blurb it is clearly a tale of a woman who emigrated from Somalia and a difficult life, only to find more and different challenges in her new city of Rome. Opening with an uncomfortable start, the protagonist, Adua, is bearing up under a series of berating commentary which harken back to her own difficulties with her relationship with her father. Her choice to leave Somalia was based partly in this relationship, and partly to follow her dreams of being an actress, not a possibility in the post-colonial governmental regime. For forty years she has been struggling against those who would seek to oppress or deny her opportunity, some based in her difference, others in the legacy of issues surrounding the us v them debates when discussing refugees and immigrants, and when you add in the overwhelming attitudes about Africa and the lack of potential therein, there is plenty of food for plot here.

And while Adua’s story is harrowing and sad, one takes heart in the fact that she continues on: perhaps because there are no other choices, perhaps just a testament to the strength of her own character and dreams, but she continues. Day after day as dreams become further from reach as doors close and the queue of those willing to accept her in positions that will exploit her skills and person while still managing to set limitations on her forward progress.

What emerges is an interesting, if not wholly flushed out character: notable for her story, but much of it felt “done” to her, without any real reasons for her to continue. If I were to find the cause for that – I would point to the many threads and elements brought into the plot: ambitious elements that did provide some history, background and information needed to understand some of what she faced, but so many pieces and time spent to that, without giving a clear or direct correlation to the characters, or even providing dialogue that offered some sort of contrast between what is and what should be helped to bog the story down, at least where developing a connection to Adua was concerned. It’s not difficult to feel sorry for her struggles, or wonder why things couldn’t have been different, but it was as if that emotion wasn’t tied to her as a person, but to the populations in transition as a whole, those hoping for new and better lives in countries far from their homes and all that is familiar.

Not a bad read by any sense of the word, and the history presented brought me a whole new perspective with discoveries about the colonial ambitions of yet another European nation, as well as the fallout when colonial powers leave and countries self-rule. Another book that highlights the variety of perspectives, viewpoints and lesser-known histories of the world we inhabit: some with legacies that we are still battling now to varying degrees of success.

I received an eArc copy of the title from the publisher via Edelweiss for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.

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