Author: Marta Franceschin
Pages: 240 (PB)
Price: 295 Rs.
Weight: 300 gm
Dear Father who art in Heaven : A girl grows up in a nightmarish world of abuse, neglect and loneliness. With a dying mother and a tyrant father, life has precious little to offer. But for how long can one be mute victim? While a desire for revenge is natural, some questions remain to be answered. What if this relationship of abuse and domination is the only relationship she has ever known? Being a victim has been her only identity so far, and violence has become an inextricable part of her. How will she ever emerge from this? Or, will she at all? Agafia's Suitcase:Jilted by her lover on her eighteenth birthday, Agafia decides that she will “go far away to start a new life.” That is when she gets her first suitcase. From being a labourer in a tobacco field to working as a domestic help in Italy, life is a continuous struggle for Agafia. But surprisingly, her story is not merely an endless saga of pain; what shines through, apart from her incredible Capacity to endure, is her zest for life. Pain, deception, and even violence are not enough to prevent her from falling in love yet again. But will this love be any different from the ones she has known in the past?
Marta Franceschini was born in Italy in 1959. Attracted by the East since childhood, she got a Masters degree in Oriental History from Bologna University. In 1986 she came to India for the first time with a scholarship to study the Urdu language, and since then she has developed a real passion for this country. She considers Delhi her spiritual Mother. In Italy, she has published five novels and many short stories; she has written several text for documentaries and for theatre pieces. She has recently obtained a MPhil degree from the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sufi mysticism