Grazia Deledda – Reeds in the Wind

Efix’s attachment

What lingers after reading this novel is the rugged and sunny landscape of Sardinia, to which the author devotes intense descriptive interludes. Against this background stands the figure of the main character, Efix the servant, morbidly attached to the Pintor ladies, his mistresses. The story, describing the efforts of the servant to save his mistresses from poverty, takes on the form of a sick form of atonement, with Efix cast as a modern Job. A difficult book, in a style which is unfamiliar to the sensibility of the modern reader and, precisely for this reason, deserves to be rediscovered.

Translation by Silvia Accorrà (edited by Roma O’Flaherty)