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Robin Pickering-Iazzi in conversation at Boswell Book Company

March 9, 2023 @ 6:30 pm

book cover for Tina, Mafia SoldierBoswell Book Company hosts an evening with Prof. Pickering-Iazzi following the March 7 release of her latest translation, the novel Tina, Mafia Soldier by Maria Rosa Cutrufelli, published in 1994 in Italian as Canto al deserto: Storia di Tina, soldato di mafia.

From Boswell’s website: 

“Great for fans of classic mafia literature like The Godfather and Donnie Brasco, Pickering-Iazzi’s beautifully rendered translation offers readers a groundbreaking exploration of gender identity and clear-eyed presentation of an unseen side of the mafia. At just eight years old, Tina watched her father murdered in cold blood. Now a teenager, she terrorizes her hometown of Gela, having made it her mission to join the mafia, an organization traditionally forbidden to women as made members. Nicknamed ’a masculidda, or “the tomboy,” Tina has taken charge of her own gang, and is notorious for her cruelty and reckless disregard for societal expectations. Pickering-Iazzi’s translation offers a fascinating look into a specific moment in queer history: a crypto-trans narrative set in a time when Italian society was incredibly conservative. A beautiful translation of a landmark literary achievement by one of Italy’s feminist icons.”

Free; advanced registration request here.


March 9, 2023
6:30 pm
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2559 N. Downer Ave.
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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