Grazia Deledda

Also found in: Wikipedia.
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Deledda, Grazia


Born Sept. 27, 1871, in Nuoro, Sardinia; died Aug. 15, 1936, in Rome. Italian writer.

Deledda was a member of the verist school. The main theme of her numerous novels and novellas is the life of the Sardinian peasants and farm laborers, which is controlled by fate in the form of overpowering passion, from which one can be saved only by religion (Elias Portolu, 1903). Her prose is characterized by delicate psychological probing and lyric descriptions of Sardinian nature. Deledda was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1926.


Romanzi e novelle, vols. 1–4. Milan, 1955–59.
In Russian translation:
Odinochestvo. Moscow, 1912.
Pepel. Moscow, 1915.
Toskuiushchie dushi. Moscow, 1918.
Sardinskie rasskazy. Petrograd, 1919.
[Novelly]. In Ital’ianskie novelly, 1860–1914. Moscow-Leningrad, 1960. [Introductory article by B. G. Reizov.]
Svirel’ v lesu: Rasskazy. Moscow, 1967. [Article by I. Volodina.]


Storia della letteratura italiana, vol. 8. Milan, 1968.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
References in periodicals archive ?
The articles cover a broad range of topics: literature (from Dante to Grazia Deledda, Michela Murgia and Milena Agus to Italian poetry after World War II), cinema, dialectology, and language teaching and learning.
"With her volume Race and Narrative in Italian Women's Writing Since Unification, Melissa Coburn explores four narratives by women writers (Grazia Deledda, Matilde Serao, Natalia Ginzburg, and Gabriella Ghermandi) who wrote in Italy after the unification to verify how, and to what extent, their narratives support and/or reject nationalistic and racist discourses prevalent during their times.
Galtelli, Italy, March 19, 2015 --( The village of Galtelli, Sardinia, is launching an international prose contest dedicated to the great Sardinian writer Grazia Deledda, winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1926, who set her masterpiece Canne al Vento, or Reeds in the Wind, right in Galtelli.
Literature Name Year Selma Ottilia Lovisa Lagerlof 1909 Grazia Deledda 1926 Sigrid Undset 1928 Pearl Buck 1938 Gabriela Mistral 1945 Nelly Sachs 1966 Nadine Gordimer 1991 Toni Morrison 1993 Wislawa Szymborska 1996 Elfriede Jelinek 2004 Dorris Lessing 2007 Herta Muller 2009 Alice Munro 2013 Science Name Year Sub-field Marie Sklodowska Curie-- 1903 Physics Marie Sklodowska Curie-- 1911 Chemistry Irene Joliot-Curie 1935 Chemistry Gerty Theresa Radnitz Cori 1947 Physiology or Medicine Maria Goeppert Mayer 1963 Physics Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin 1964 Chemistry Rosalyn Sussman Yalow 1977 Physiology or Medicine Barbara McClintock 1983 Physiology or Medicine Rita Levi-Montalcini 1986 Physiology or Medicine Gertrude B.
Grazia Deledda's late novel L'argine is set in a modern Italy that is very different from the primitive peasant Sardinian society in which she situated the novels for which she is best known.
In Germany, she came to be interpreted as a traditional, provincial author, offering a healthy resistance to the cosmopolitan, urban and decadent modern literature or in Spain, taking into account Selma Lagerlof's texts chosen for translations while putting the provincialism of the Swedish writer in a larger context by comparing her with two other women writers who used provincial settings in their novels, and who both were inspired by Selma Lagerlof: Concha Espina and Grazia Deledda.
Grazia Deledda won for literature in 1926 and Rita Levi-Montalcini for medicine in 1986.
Sibilla desperta como escritora justamente quando os movimentos de emancipacao da mulher comecam a ganhar forca no pais (8) e se distingue por nao ser apenas mais uma autora, uma artista como Matilde Serao, Grazia Deledda, Vittoria Aganoor, mas tambem uma "reivindicadora da paridade feminina, uma rebelde".
Grazia Deledda's name inevitably invokes Sardinia, and with it the concomitant category of "regional literature," written in a veristic mode.
At last a biography of Grazia Deledda written in English!
Naipaul, Nadine Gordimer, Ernest Hemingway, Grazia Deledda, Rabindranath Tagore, and Nelson Mandela.