In this book, Isabella Ducrot evokes and gives voice to three
fundamental issues: what it is to be a woman, childhood,
and – most important of all – what she terms “ignorance”.
These three experiences of alienation, so often intertwined
in our culture, are questioned here from a personal perspective. Blending together thoughts, short stories and autobiographical recollections, Isabella Ducrot reveals how
the not-knowing of childhood and the age-old exclusion
of women from all kinds of cultural or social discourse are
not only experiences of estrangement and forms of suffering at being deprived of a voice, they may also offer
an unprecedented and privileged gateway to reconquering
that voice. The author seems to suggest that if one wishes to understand the intricacies of theological dogma, one
must be able to chant it out as if it were a nursery rhyme,
savouring its very meaninglessness.
“There is no tomorrow, there is no tomorrow,” runs the whispering refrain at the end of her reflections; her awareness of this fact seems to open the path to irresistible happiness.
Isabella Ducrot nasce a Napoli e vive a Roma. È pittrice e scrittrice, e da anni si dedica allo studio dei tessuti. Le sue opere sono state esposte a Roma, Milano, Parigi, Berlino e New York. Tra i libri dedicati alla sua produzione artistica, ricordiamo Opere 1982-1985 (1985), Della densità del silenzio (1997) e Variazioni: ritratti d’autore di Isabella Ducrot (2008). Ha scritto inoltre La matassa primordiale (2008), Suonno (2012), con la prefazione di Raffaele La Capria, e la raccolta di racconti Fallaste Corazón (2012), con la prefazione di Erri de Luca.