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By the Olive Groves: A Calabrian Childhood

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  •  By the Olive Groves: A Calabrian Childhood
    Title: By the Olive Groves: A Calabrian Childhood
    Author: IETTO-GILLIES GRAZIA
    Format: HARDCOVER
    Publication date: 28/02/2017
    Imprint: I B TAURIS
    Price: $39.00
    Publishing status: NOT YET PUBLISHED

    In 1939 a girl was born in the wild Aspromonte mountains of Calabria, a land haunted by history and suffused with tradition but weighed down by poverty and the ever-present mafia. As the tremors of World War II shake the heart of Calabria, so the little girl's childhood unfolds. Her life is simple, revolving around school, friendship, family. At its heart is the kitchen where the dramas and joys of family life are played out and where her mother, Giulia, creates the food around which everything revolves. In this rich and heartfelt memoir, Grazia Ietto-Gillies remembers her youth in Calabria, from childhood sickness and her eccentric extended family to the excitement of religious festivals, near-constant struggle with poverty and an incident with the 'Ndrangheta, Calabria's mafia. Now, sixty years later, she realises that Calabria has defined everything she has ever done and that she has never really left the mountains of her childhood.

    ISBN: 9781784535469
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