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Oriana Fallaci: The Woman and the Myth
by Santo L Arico
Southern Illinois University Press, 1998
Cloth: 978-0-8093-2153-7 | Paper: 978-0-8093-3005-8 | eISBN: 978-0-8093-8597-3
Library of Congress Classification PN4874.F38A75 1998
Dewey Decimal Classification 853.914


Internationally acclaimed as a journalist, war correspondent, interviewer, and novelist, Oriana Fallaci’s public persona reached almost mythic proportions. It is a myth Fallaci herself created, according to Santo L. Aricò, who probes the psychological forces that motivated one of the twentieth century’s most famous and successful women writers.

Using his own extensive interviews with the writer, Aricò maps out Fallaci’s journey through life, paying particular attention to her ongoing and painstaking attempts to establish her own mythical status. He first examines her career as a literary journalist, emphasizing the high quality of her writing. From there, he concentrates on how Fallaci’s personal image began to emerge in her writings, as well as the way in which, through her powerful narratives, she catapulted herself into the public eye as her own main character.

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