by de Cespedes, Alba, Goldstein, Ann | Fiction & related items
Published 02/03/2023 by Pushkin Press in the United Kingdom
Hardback | 272 pages
Staff Pick, Cristina:
Fantastic news that this feminist classic by Cuban-Italian writer Alba de Céspedes has been reissued by Pushkin Press in a brilliant translation by Ann Goldstein.
Valeria Cossati’s secret diary documents her frustrations and dissatisfaction with her role as mother and housewife and the generational conflict with her more emancipated daughter. Forbidden Notebook is a devastating story of stifling domesticity in 1950s Rome, showing the ways in which the family is a source of oppression of women.