The Nobel Prize in Literature 1926
Grazia Deledda wrote over thirty novels, four hundred short stories, a play, an opera-libretto, some poems and translated Balzac’s Eugénie Grandet into Italian in 1930.
[Deledda] belongs to more than just her own day. She does more than reproduce the temporary psychological condition of her period. She has a background, and she deals with something more fundamental than sophisticated feeling . . . what she does do is create the passionate complex of a primitive populace. –D.H. Lawrence
Although Grazia Deledda spent most of her adult life in Rome, much of her writing is set in Sardinia, where she was born.
Photo: Anders Hallengren
Here’s a sample of her lovely descriptive writing taken from her short story While the East Wind Blows
Outside, the moon still ran behind diaphanous clouds, and in the silvery night, the east wind carried the scent of the sea and the warmth of the desert.
Outside the bells chimed joyfully, and the east wind spread the metallic sound in the tepid damp of the dusk.
The Deledda home in Nuoro, Sardinia figures in many of Grazia Deledda’s novels and short stories.