|Ashes (1904) [Novel]|
by Grazia Deledda
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(From the publisher):
Ashes is the story of Oli, a Sardinian unwed mother who is forced by poverty to abandon her only child. Raised by his genetic father, Ananias eventually attains social acceptability in the legal profession yet cannot give up his obsessive search for his mother. When Oli realizes that public knowledge of her life in prostitution will jeopardize her son's impending marriage and professional success, she makes the ultimate maternal sacrifice to ensure his future. Deledda's novel explores the themes of filial duty, hypocritical societal expectations, the ravages of poverty, and maternal devotion. The author interweaves into the novel leitmotifs of Sardinian folklore, health issues, banditry, illegitimacy, prostitution, and the social mores of the late nineteenth century with all the attendant public opprobrium.
Original title: Cenere
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics