From an episode of BackstoryPresented by Melissa Cranenburgh

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Backstory: Traversing Patriarchal Italy in the Wake of World War One

Taking the reader into post-World War One Italy, Elise Valmorbida’s novel The Madonna of the Mountains is about a young woman learning her strengths in an Italian mountain village under dire circumstances: fascism is on the rise, most of the men have been decimated by Austrian forces, and the Spanish Flu is making itself known. Winner of the Victorian Premier’s Literary Prize for Fiction, Elise spoke to Mel Cranenburgh about drawing such a dynamic female character, the seven years it took to research and write the book, and her reaction to having won the coveted prize.

Elise Valmorbida on Backstory
Listen to Backstory: Traversing Patriarchal Italy in the Wake of World War One33:446 February 2019