Oriana Fallaci: The Rhetoric of Freedom
Bloomsbury Academic, 01.10.1996 - 224 Seiten
Oriana Fallaci (b. 1930) is an awkward presence on Italian bookshelves, in world journalism and among feminists. This book, the first literary study of Fallaci, examines the implications of the storms and silences that she keeps rousing. A fully emancipated and successful woman in the man's world of political journalism, she has antagonised many feminists by her championship of motherhood and her idolization of heroic manhood. In journalism, her critics have felt that she has outraged the conventions of interviewing and reporting. As a novelist, she shatters the invisible diaphragm of literariness and is accused of betraying, or simply failing, literature.
This book focuses on Fallaci's direct engagement as a writer with major political and social issues such as women's liberation, Vietnam, Islamic fundamentalism and the space programme. A distinctive and controversial feature of her writing is the way in which she blurs the interface between reportage and fiction in an attempt to obliterate the gap that separates the word from the world.
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Its characters, in the Babel which is the Beirut of 1983, with its peace-keeping
force of US, Italian, French and British troops, speak their native tongues among
the Arabic-speaking inhabitants. Their speech is reported bilingually, in snatches
Their entire field hospital is left as a gift to the people of West Beirut, as well as
their entire quartermaster's stores.2 The inventory of these items is recited - and
priced - from memory by an Italian staff officer in a scene whose comic tone ...
Incoherence, equated with the unknowable, the irrational, is rejected: this is
marked by the perfectly orderly withdrawal of the Italian peace-keeping force from
its finally untenable position in a disorderly Beirut. Disorder in Italy itself, or in the
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Reality and Rhetoric
Reports from Other Worlds
sesso inutile viaggio
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