In 1943 at the age of seven in Japan, Dacia Maraini was sent to a concentration camp with her family after her parents refused to swear allegiance to the Fascist government of Japan’s ally, Italy. She retraces those years of cold, hunger, and disease in her new novel, Vita mia.
Dacia Maraini is one of Italy’s most prominent contemporary authors. She has won numerous prizes including the Campiello (1990) and Strega (1999), which are the most prestigious Italian literature awards. Her books have been translated into twenty-two languages.
Co-sponsor: Italian Academy