Dacia Maraini, 2012
Dacia Maraini, 2012 (Photo: G.M. Ireneo Alessi [Sinix] via Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 2.0)

The daughter of well-known ethnologist Fosco Maraini, Dacia Maraini was born in 1936 and spent her early childhood in Japan where her father went to conduct research. Because of her parents’ anti-Fascist views, the family was confined to a concentration camp during the final years of the war. For the first few years after their return from Japan, they lived in Bagheria, Sicily, at the ancestral home of her mother, painter Topazia Alliata. Maraini studied in Palermo, Florence, and Rome, beginning her writing career with articles in literary magazines.

Her first novel, La vacanza, was published in 1962. The second, L’età del malessere, won the International Formentor Prize in 1963 and was translated into twelve languages. She subsequently published many more novels, several investigative studies, poetry collections, and essays. Her works have been translated into twenty-two languages, including Hindi and Macedonian. Among her translated works are: Memorie di una ladra (1973); Donna in guerra (1975); Lettere a Marina (1980); Il treno per Helsinki (1984), a quasi-autobiographical novel which reconstructs the failure of the 1960s movements; Isolina (1985); La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa (1990); Viaggiando con passo di volpe. Poesie 1983-1991 (1991); Bagheria (1993), a narrative memoir on Sicily; Cercando Emma (1993), a study of Flaubert’s Emma Bovary; Voci (1994); and Buio (1999), a collection of short stories with child protagonists. 

She has won major literary prizes, notably the Premio Campiello for La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa and the Premio Strega for her collection of short stories Buio. Both La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa and Bagheria stayed on Italy’s bestseller lists for almost two years. She has herself translated into Italian works by Thomas Kyd, Ignacy Witkiewicz Stanislaw, and Joseph Conrad.

Maraini has also written extensively for the theatre. While continuing to publish novels and poetry, she co-founded the Teatro del Porcospino in the 1960s and established the feminist experimental theatre La Maddalena in Rome in 1973. The American literary magazine Aphra published her play Manifesto in instalments during the course of 1972 and 1973, and a production was subsequently presented at the Provincetown Playhouse. Another play, Maria Stuarda, was produced at La Mama Theatre in New York and at the Battersea Arts Centre in London (dir. Nicolette Kay), receiving the City Limits and Time Out Critics’ Choice British Premiere award in 1992. Mary Stuart was also produced in Holland at the Publieke Theatre, in Spain at the Teatro Español de Madrid (dir. Hemilio Hernandez), and in Montevideo, Uruguay, at the Teatro Candela in 1986 (dir. Marcelino Dufau), as well as in Australia, Belgium, Germany, Austria, and at California State University, Hayward, in 1990. I sogni di Clitennestra was performed by the City Troupe in New York in 1989 and in London in 1994 (dir. Nicolette Kay). Other plays include Dialogo di una prostituta con un suo cliente, performed in London by the Monstrous Regiment at the East End Theatre, 1980-81 (dir. Ann Mitchell), Stravaganza, performed in Vienna in 1987 at the Künstlerhaus (dir. Johanna Thomek), and in Australia, Brazil, and Germany. Mela was performed in London by Muzikansky in 1993 (dir. Nicolette Kay). 

Several of her books have been adapted for the stage and film. La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa was adapted for the stage by Maraini herself in 1991 at the request of the Teatro Stabile of Catania. She has written screenplays of her works for such directors as Pier Paolo Pasolini, Marco Ferreri, Carlo Di Palma, and Margarethe Von Trotta. 

She continues to be active in feminist causes and as a commentator on politics and society, especially in columns for newspapers and weeklies. Her articles have appeared regularly in newspapers like Corriere della Sera, La Stampa, L’Unità, and Paese Sera. Some of these were published in the collection La bionda, la bruna, e l’asino (1987). There followed Fare teatro. 1966-2000 in 2000, which collected nearly all her theatrical works; in 2000, Amata scrittura, a volume of essays inspired by conversations with other writers; in 2001, La nave per Kobe, the tale of the Maraini family’s voyage from Brindisi to Kobe, Japan, when her father received a study grant to conduct ethnological research after tearing up his membership of the Fascist party in front of his father (Dacia was just two years old at the time); in 2006, I giorni di Antigone, a collection of newspaper articles Maraini had written in the previous five years, divided into ‘Mondo, politica’, ‘Animali: nostri simili?’, ‘Violenza contro le donne’, and ‘Dialogo con i lettori’, where the underlying motif of the myth of Antigone reminds us of the power of subversive acts moved by empathy and brotherly love; and, in 2008, Il treno dell’ultima notte, a novel centred on the depths of 20th-century totalitarianism that recounts a voyage from the Shoah to Budapest in 1956, the year of the revolution.

In 2001, the children’s book La pecora Dolly was published by Fabbri, and in 2004, the novel Colomba was published by Rizzoli, in which Maraini accompanies her readers through the discovery of a fairytale-like story which delicately probes the motivations and emotions that guide the human spirit. 2007 saw the author’s return to the theatre with Passi affrettati [Hurried Steps], published by Edizioni Lanieri. The play consists of seven stories of violence against women, all true testimonies collected by Amnesty International from around the world. The play has been staged in the UK, under the direction of Nicolette Kay, in France by the company Talon Rouge (dir. Catherine Javaloyes), and in Spain by the company Crit, directed by Maraini herself and with the extraordinary participation of Rosana Pastor.

Maraini’s most recent work includes: Corpo felice (2018), a semi-autobiographical novel that tackles the themes of motherly love and the loss of one’s child; the epistolary novel Trio. Storia di due amiche, un uomo e la peste a Messina (2020); and Ti parlo, mi ascolti? Tre donne sul palcoscenico (2023), in which she returns to her life-long passion, theatre, with three pièces centred around three women who, despite belonging to different historical epochs, share the same need of being heard.

Compiled by Alex Standen (Birmingham), updated by Maria Morelli (London)



La vacanza (Milan: Lerici, 1962)

L’età del malessere (Turin: Einaudi, 1963)

A memoria (Milan: Bompiani, 1967)

Memorie di una ladra (Milan: Bompiani, 1972)

Donna in guerra (Turin: Einaudi, 1975)

Storia di Piera [with Piera degli Esposti] (Milan: Bompiani, 1980)

Lettere a Marina (Milan: Bompiani, 1981)

Il treno per Helsinki (Turin: Einaudi, 1984)

Isolina: la donna tagliata a pezzi (Milan: Mondadori, 1985)

La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa (Turin: Einaudi, 1990)

Bagheria (Milan: Rizzoli, 1993)

Voci (Milan: Rizzoli, 1994)

Dolce per sé (Milan: Rizzoli, 1997)

La nave per Kobe: diari giapponesi di mia madre (Milan: Rizzoli, 2001)

Colomba (Milan: Rizzoli, 2004)

Il gioco dell’universo (Milan: Mondadori, 2007)

Il treno dell’ultima notte (Milan: Rizzoli, 2008)

La grande festa (Milan: Rizzoli, 2011)

Menzogna felice (Milan: La biblioteca di Repubblica L’Espresso, 2011)

Chiara di Assisi: elogio della disubbidienza (Milan: Rizzoli, 2013)

La bambina e il sognatore (Milan: Rizzoli, 2015)

Tre donne. Una storia d’amore e disamore (Milan: Rizzoli, 2017)

Corpo felice. Storia di donne, rivoluzioni e un figlio che se ne va (Milan: Rizzoli, 2018)

Trio. Storia di due amiche, un uomo e la peste a Messina (Milan: Rizzoli, 2020)

Short Stories

Mio marito (Milan: Bompiani, 1968) [The collection includes: ‘Mio marito’; ‘Il letargo’; ‘Madre e figlio’; ‘Il lupo e l’agnello’; ‘Le due Angele’; ‘L’altra famiglia’; ‘Diario di una telefonista’; ‘La morta amorosa’; ‘Il quaderno rosso’; ‘Il dolore sciupa’; ‘Le lenzuola di lino’; ‘Marco’; ‘La parrucca bionda’; ‘Diario coniugale’; ‘L’albero di Platone’; ‘Maria’; ‘Le mani’]

L’uomo tatuato (Naples: Guida, 1990)

La ragazza con la treccia (Rome: Viviani, 1994) [The collection includes: ‘La ragazza con la treccia’; ‘Un clandestino a bordo’; ‘Il calciatore di Bilbao’; ‘Grand Hotel des Bains’; ‘La rinascita di Oderio’; ‘Il ragazzo di Catania’; ‘La barca sul fiume’; ‘Miserie del cuore’; ‘Il bambino vestito di scuro’; ‘Il bosco del bandito’; ‘Il visitatore notturno’; ‘Da dove vengono i cani?’; ‘Il bottone giallo’]

Silvia (Ravenna: Edizioni del Girasole, 1995)

Buio (Milan: Rizzoli, 1999) [The collection includes: ‘Il Bambino Grammofono e l’Uomo Piccione’; ‘Viollca la bambina albanese’; ‘Le galline di suor Attanasia’; ‘Macaca’; ‘Alicetta’; ‘Muri di notte’; ‘Ha undici anni, si chiama Tano’; ‘Un numero sul braccio’; ‘Oggi è oggi è oggi’; ‘Chi ha ucciso Paolo Gentile?’; ‘Il pastore Ahmed e le tre ragazze nel bosco’; ‘Ombre’]

Berah di Kibawa: un racconto con dodici finali (Rome: Gremese, 2003)

La ragazza di via Maqueda (Milan: Rizzoli, 2009) [Comprising: ‘Geografia della narrazione’; ‘La ragazza di via Maqueda’; ‘Sulle orme di Maupassant’; ‘Ragazze di Palermo’; ‘All’Aspra in bicicletta’; ‘Tanto vale vivere’; ‘Due o tre cose che so di lei’; ‘Il naso di Salvo’; ‘La sposa Serena’; ‘Vulcano’; ‘La bambina e il soldato’; ‘Miserie del cuore’; ‘Una suora siciliana’; ‘Splendor’; ‘Sogno romano’; ‘Europa’; ‘Il calciatore di Bilbao’; ‘Timbuctù’; ‘Il poeta-regista e la meravigliosa soprano’; ‘In volo’; ‘Le tombe dei Sanniti’; ‘Il piacere di leggere’; ‘La bambina e il terremoto’; ‘Le serpi di monte Marsicano’; ‘Storie di monaci abruzzesi’]

L'amore rubato (Milan: Rizzoli, 2012) [The collection includes: ‘Marina è caduta per le scale’; ‘La bambina Venezia’; ‘Lo stupratore premuroso’; ‘Cronaca di una violenza di gruppo’; ‘Ale e il bambino mai nato’; ‘La sposa segreta’, ‘La notte della gelosia'; ‘Anna e il Moro’]

Gita a Viareggio (Rome: Edizioni Fahrenheit, 2013) [originally published in Paragone, 1964]

Children’s Books 

Storie di cani per una bambina (Milan: Bompiani, 1996) 

La pecora Dolly e altre storie per bambini (Milan: Narrativa Fabbri, 2001) 

La notte dei giocattoli (Latina: Tunué, 2012)

Onda Marina e il drago Spento [with Eugenio Murrali] (Rome: Giulio Perrone, 2019)


Crudeltà all’aria aperta (Milan: Feltrinelli, 1968) 

Donne mie (Turin: Einaudi, 1974)

Mangiami pure (Turin: Einaudi, 1978)

‘Madre e figlio’; ‘Lontana’; ‘Madre e figlia’ in Poesia femminista italiana ed. by Laura di Nola (Rome: Savelli, 1978, pp. 81, 98-99)

‘Le poesie delle donne’; ‘Una donna morta per aborto’; ‘Donne mie’ in Poesie degli anni Settanta ed. by Antonio Porta (Milan: Feltrinelli, 1979, pp. 263-269)

Dimenticato di dimenticare (Turin: Einaudi, 1982) 

Viaggiando con passo di volpe. Poesie 1983-1991 (Milan: Rizzoli, 1991) 

Occhi di Medusa. Poesie (Calcata: Edizione del Giano, 1992)

Se amando troppo. Poesie, 1966-1998 (Milan: Rizzoli, 1998) 

Notte di capod’anno in ospedale (Rome: Lepisma, 2009)


Il ricatto a teatro e altre commedie (Turin: Einaudi, 1970)

Viva l’Italia (Turin: Einaudi, 1973)

La donna perfetta, seguito da Il cuore di una vergine (Turin: Einaudi, 1975)

Don Juan (Turin: Einaudi, 1976)

Lezioni d’amore e altre commedie (Milan: Bompiani, 1982)

Stravaganza (Rome: Serarcangeli, 1987)

Delitto (Lungro di Cosenza: Marco Editore, 1990)

Erzbeth Bathory; Il geco; Norma 44 (Rome: Editori & Associati, 1991)

Fare teatro. 1966-2000, vol 1 (Milan: Rizzoli, 2000 [2 vols])  [The collection includes: The 1960s: ‘La famiglia normale’; ‘Il ricatto a teatro’; ‘Recitare’; ‘Il Manifesto’. The 1970s: ‘Viva l’Italia’; ‘Se io muoio ti dispiace?’; ‘Dialogo di una prostituta con un suo cliente’; ‘Zena’; ‘Da Roma a Milano’; ‘Don Juan’; ‘Fede o della perversione matrimoniale’; ‘Una casa di donne’; ‘Due donne di provincia’; ‘I sogni di Clitennestra’; ‘Provino’; ‘Suor Juana’. The 1980s: ‘Maria Stuarda’; ‘Erzbeth Bathory’; ‘Mela’; ‘Donna Lionora Giacubina’]

Fare teatro. 1966-2000, vol 2 (Milan: Rizzoli, 2000 [2 vols])  [The collection includes: The 1980s: ‘Lezioni d’amore’; ‘Madre saginata’; ‘Le figlie del defunto colonnello’; ‘Pazza d’amore’; ‘Norma 44’; ‘Stravaganza’; ‘Il geco’; ‘Delitto’; ‘Giovanni Tenorio’; ‘Un treno, una notte’; ‘Charlotte Corday’. The 1990s: ‘Celia Carli, ornitologa’; ‘La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa’; ‘Veronica, meretrice e scrittora’; ‘Fotografie di casa Florio’; ‘La terza moglie di Mayer’; ‘Camille’; ‘Memorie di una cameriera’; ‘Storia di Isabella Morra raccontata da Benedetto Croce’; ‘I digiuni di Catarina da Siena’]

Maria Stuarda (Milan: Rizzoli, 2001)

Dialogo di una prostituta con un suo cliente; Due donne di provincia; I sogni di Clitennestra (Milan: Rizzoli, 2001)

Lettere d’amore (Pescara: Lanieri, 2002)

Passi affrettati: testimonianze di donne ancora prigioniere della discriminazione storica e famigliare (Pescara: Lanieri, 2007)

Memorie di una cameriera; Storia di Isabella Morra raccontata da Benedetto Croce; I digiuni di Catarina da Siena (Milan: Rizzoli, 2011)

Per Giulia (Rome: Perrone, 2011)

Lettere d’amore: Lettere a Gabriele D’Annunzio in una cornice teatrale di Dacia Maraini (Rome: Perrone, 2012)

Per proteggerti meglio, figlia mia (Rome: Perrone, 2013)

Ti parlo, mi ascolti? Tre donne sul palcoscenico (Naples: Giannini Editore, 2023)


La bionda, la bruna e l’asino (Milan: Rizzoli, 1987)

Cercando Emma: Gustave Flaubert e la Signora Bovary ‒ indagini attorno a un romanzo (Milan: Rizzoli, 1993)

Un clandestino a bordo (Milan: Rizzoli, 1996)

Il bambino Alberto (Milan: Rizzoli, 2000)

Amata scrittura: laboratorio di analisi, letture, proposte, conversazioni (Milan: Rizzoli, 2000)

La mano sulla fronte: aforismi e pensieri (Rome: Avagliano, 2004)

Il gioco dell’universo: dialoghi immaginari tra un padre e una figlia [with Fosco Maraini] (Milan: Mondadori, 2007)

La seduzione dell’altrove (Milan: Rizzoli, 2010)

Se un personaggio bussa alla mia porta. Come si racconta (RaiLibri, eKindle format, 2016)


L’amore coniugale (Rome: Film Dell’Orso, 1969)

Cuore di mamma [with Salvatore Samperi] (Milan: Forum, 1969)

Arabian Nights [with Pier Paolo Pasolini] (Rome: PEA, 1974)

Paura e amore [with Margarethe von Trotta and Laura Novati] (Milan: Mondadori, 1988)

La bocca [with Luca Verdone] (Rome: Cecchi Gori Home Video, 2013)

Il futuro è donna [with Marco Ferreri] (Milan: Mustang Entertainment, 2018)


Aborto: parlano le donne (Rome: Iskra, 1976)

Madame Bovary (Rome: Rai Trade, 2007)

Dacia Maraini racconta Gustave Flaubert e il nuovo mondo borghese (Rome: Gruppo L’Espresso, 2010)

La vergogna delle leggi razziali (Rome: Rai Trade, 2011)


Caro Pier Paolo (Vicenza: Neri Pozza, 2022)

Collections of Articles

I giorni di Antigone: quaderno di cinque anni (Milan: Rizzoli, 2006)

Sulla mafia: piccole riflessioni personali (Rome: Perrone 2009)

Interviews by Maraini

E tu chi eri? Interviste sull’infanzia (Milan: Bompiani, 1973). Reprinted as E tu chi eri? Interviste sull’infanzia a donne e uomini che hanno fatto il Novecento (Milan: Rizzoli, 2023)

Translations into Italian by Maraini 

La tragedia spagnola [Translation of Thomas Kyd’s play The Spanish Tragedy] (Rome: Feltrinelli, 1966)

Commedia ripugnante di una madre [Translation of Ignacy Witkiewicz Stanislaw’s play Matcha] (Rome: Bulzoni, 1970)

Il compagno segreto [Translation of Joseph Conrad’s short story The Secret Sharer] (Milan: Rizzoli, 1996)

Translations into Foreign Languages

Selection only


Jaren van onbehagen [Translation of L’età del malessere by Jeanne van Roggen and Ernst Valkhoff] (Amsterdam: Meulenhoff, 1964)

Dialoog van een prostituee met haar klant [Translation of Dialogo di una prostituta con un suo cliente by Piet Piryns] (Louvain: Infodok, 1981)

De trein naar Helsinki [Translation of Il treno per Helsinki by Pietha de Voogd] (Amsterdam: Contact, 1986)

Isolina: een geschiedenis [Translation of Isolina: la donna tagliata a pezzi by Marjolein Bemelmans] (Amsterdam: Dekker, 1987)

Een stille passie [Translation of Passi affrettati by Etta Maris] (Amsterdam: Contact, 1991)

De vakantie [Translation of La vacanza by Jenny Tuin] (Amsterdam: Contact, 1992)

Norma ’44 [Translation of Norma ’44 by Karel Beullens] (Antwerp: Toneelfonds J. Janssens, 1994)

Stemmen [Translation of Voci by Etta Maris] (Amsterdam: Contact, 1995)


The Age of Discontent [Translation of L’età del malessere by Frances Frenaye] (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1963)

Memoirs of a Female Thief: Teresa Numa [Translation of Teresa la ladra by Nina Rootes] (Colchester: The Book Service Ltd, 1973)

Woman at War [Translation of Donna in guerra by Mara Benetti and Elspeth Spottiswood] (New York: Lighthouse Books, 1984; New York: Italica Press, 1988, 2021)

Letters to Marina [Translation of Lettere a Marina by Dick Kitto and Elspeth Spottiswood] (London: Camden, 1987)

The Silent Duchess [Translation of La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa by Dick Kitto and Elspeth Spottiswood] (London: Peter Owen, 1992; New York: The Feminist Press at The City University of New York, 2000)

Bagheria [Translation of Bagheria by Dick Kitto and Elspeth Spottiswood] (London: Peter Owen, 1994)

Only Prostitutes Marry in May. Four Plays, ed. with an introduction by Rhoda Helfman Kaufman (Toronto: Guernica, 1994 & 1998): ‘Mary Stuart’ [Translation by Christopher Pearcy with Nicolette Kay, pp. 31-124]; ‘Dialogue Between a Prostitute and Her Client’ [Translation by Tony Mitchell, pp. 125-176]; ‘Dreams of Clytemnestra’ [Translation by Timothy Vode, pp. 177-315]; ‘Crime at the Tennis Club’ [Translation by Tony Mitchell, pp. 317-386]

Voices [Translation of Voci by Dick Kitto and Elspeth Spottiswood] (London: Serpent’s Tail, 1997)

Searching for Emma: Gustave Flaubert and Madame Bovary [Translation of Cercando Emma by Vincent J. Bertolini] (Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1998)

Darkness [Translation of Buio by Martha King] (South Royalton, VT: Steerforth Press, 2002)

Hurried Steps [Translation of Passi affrettati by Sharon Wood] (London: Camberwell Press, 2014)

Extravagance and Three Other Plays [Translation of Stravaganza e altre opere by James Schwarten] (Lanhan, MD: John Cabot University Press, 2015)

Writing Like Breathing. An Homage to Dacia Maraini, Vol. I: Beloved Writing. Fifty Years of Engagement ed. by Michelangelo La Luna (Trento/Barcelona: List-Lab International Editorial Strategies Laboratory, 2016) [A collection of translations of Maraini’s short stories: ‘A Christmas in the Snow Globe’ (‘Un Natale nella palla di vetro’) translated  by Michelangelo La Luna; ‘Little Aylan’ (‘Il bambino Aylan’) translated by Michelangelo La Luna; ‘Viollca the Albanian Girl’ ‘(Viollca la bambina albanese’),translated by Elisabetta Mariott; ‘A Number on Her Arm’ (‘Un numero sul braccio’) translated by Virginia A. Picchietti; ‘Might as Well Live’ (‘Tanto vale vivere’) translated by Alex Standen; ‘Serena the Bride’ (‘La sposa Serena’) translated by Alex Standen; ‘A Sicilian Nun’ (‘Una suora siciliana’) translated by Elise Magistro; ‘Splendor’ (‘Splendor’) translated by Adria Frizzi; ‘The Little Girl and the Earthquake’ (‘La bambina e il terremoto’) translated by Lisa Tortolani; ‘Marina Fell Down the Stairs’ (‘Marina è caduta per le scale’) translated by Sharon Wood; ‘The Secret Bride’ (‘La sposa segreta’) translated by Maria Morelli; ‘The Poet-Director and the Wonderful Soprano’ (‘Il poeta-regista e la meravigliosa soprano’) translated by Adria Frizzi; ‘A Woman, a Man, a Donkey’ (‘“Lo chiameremo Gesù”. E da allora il mondo cambiò’) translated by Michelangelo La Luna and Reen Mary Varkey]

Writing Like Breathing. An Homage to Dacia Maraini, Vol. II. Mafia and Other Plays ed. by Michelangelo La Luna (Rossano, Italy/Kingston, RI: ConSenso Publishing/De Rada Italian Institute, 2017) [A collection of translations of Maraini’s plays: ‘Theatrical Dream’ (‘Un sogno teatrale’) translated by Monica Streifer; ‘On Mafia’ (‘Sulla mafia’) translated by James R. Schwarten; ‘Mafia’ (‘A piedi nudi’) translated by James R. Schwarten; ‘My Name is Antonino Calderone’ (‘Mi chiamo Antonino Calderone’) translated by James R. Schwarten; ‘Mussomeli-Düsseldorf’ (‘Mussomeli-Düsseldorf’) translated by Michelangelo La Luna and Lisa Tortolani; ‘A Train, a Night’ (‘Un treno, una notte’) translated by Bobby Olson; ‘The Gecko’ (‘Il geco’) translated by Elvira G. Di Fabio; ‘Celia Carli, Ornithologist’ (‘Celia Carli, ornitologa’) translated by Maureen González; ‘Lia, Who Thought Herself Antigone’ (‘Lia che si credeva Antigone’) translated by Marella Feltrin-Morris; ‘Diotima and Socrates’ (‘Diotima e Socrate’) translated by Monica Streifer; ‘To Protect You Better, My Child’ (‘Per proteggerti meglio, figlia mia’) translated by Renzo D’Agnillo; ‘For Giulia’ (‘Per Giulia’) translated by Sylvia Bogusz, Michelangelo La Luna, Rosa Lancellotta, Wendy Searle and Daniel Shields; ‘Bakunin: The Lion and the Crocodile’ (‘Bakunin: Il leone e il coccodrillo’) translated by Elvira G. Di Fabio; ‘A Provincial Painter’ (‘Una pittrice di provincia) translated by Maureen González] 

Writing Like Breathing. An Homage to Dacia Maraini, Vol. III. USA 1964-2017: An Italian Reportage ed. by Michelangelo La Luna (Rossano, Italy/Kingston, RI: ConSenso Publishing/De Rada Italian Institute, 2018) [A collection of 150 articles on US culture by Maraini, translated by Michelangelo La Luna]

Writing Like Breathing. An Homage to Dacia Maraini, Vol. IV. Dacia Maraini and Her Literary Journey ed. by Michelangelo La Luna and Angela Pitassi (Rossano, Italy/Kingston, RI: ConSenso Publishing/De Rada Italian Institute, 2020) [A collection of translations  of Maraini's plays]

In Praise of Disobedience: Clare of Assisi. A Novel [Translation of Chiara D’Assisi: elogio della disubbidienza by Jane Tylus, with a Foreword by Rudolph Bell] (Chicago: Rutgers University Press, 2023)

‘Kubra’ [Translation of Kubra by Sharon Wood] in Staging Violence Against Women and Girls: Plays and Interviews ed. by Daniela Cavallaro, Luciana D’Arcangeli, and Claire Kennedy (London: Methuen Drama/Bloomsbury, 2023, pp. 93-10)


Les vacances [Translation of La vacanza by Mario Fusco] (Paris: B. Grasse Ligugé, 1963)

Teresa, la voleuse [Translation of Teresa la ladra by Paul Alexandre] (Paris: Stock, 1974)

Femmes en guerre [Translation of Donna in guerra by Michèle Causse] (Paris: Des Femmes, 1977)

Dialogue de une prostitutée avec son client [Translation of Dialogo di una prostituta con un suo cliente by Nicole Colchat] (Paris: Stock, 1995)

Voix: Roman [Translation of Voci by Alain Sarrabayrouse] (Paris: Fayard, 1996)

Le petit Alberto [Translation of Il piccolo Alberto by René de Ceccatty] (Paris: Arléa, 2007)

La Vie silencieuse de Marianna Ucrìa [Translation of La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa by Donatella Saulnier] (Paris: Robert Laffront, 2020)

Je m’appelle Antonino Calderone: pièce en un acte [Translation of Mi chiamo Antonino Calderone: atto unico by Maryline Maigron] (Chambéry: Université Savoie Mont Blanc Press, 2020)

Trois femmes: une historie d’amour et de désamour: Roman [Translation of Tre donne. Una storia d’amore e disamore by Lucie Comparini] (Paris: Grenelle, 2022)


Die stumme Herzogin: Roman [Translation of La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa by Sabina Kienlechner] (München: Piper, 1991; Vienna: Folio Verlag, 2020)

Bagheria: eine Kindheit auf Sizilien [Translation of Bagheria by Sabina Kienlechner] (Munich: Piper, 2002)

Ein Schiff nach Kobe: das japanische Tagebuch meiner Mutter [Translation of La nave per Kobe: diari giapponesi di mia madre by Eva-Maria Wagner] (Munich: Piper, 2005)

Der Zug in die jüngste Nacht: Roman [Translation of Il treno dell’ultima notte by Eva-Marie Wagner] (Munich: Piper, 2011)

Geraubte Liebe: Geschichten [Translation of L’amore rubato by Gudrun Jäger] (Gräfelfing: Fünf, 2015)

Das Mädchen und der Träumer: Roman [Translation of La bambina e il sognatore by Ingrid Ickler] (Vienna: Folio Verlag, 2017)

Drei Frauen: Roman [Translation of Tre donne. Una storia d’amore e disamore by Ingrid Ickler] (Vienna: Folio Verlag, 2019)

Trio: Roman [Translation of Trio. Storia di due amiche, un uomo e la peste a Messina by Ingrid Ickler] (Vienna: Folio Verlag, 2021)

Caro Pier Paolo. Briefe an Pasolini [Translation of Caro Pier Paolo by Maja Pflug] (Zurich: Rotpunktverlag, 2022)


Długie życie Marianny Ucrìa [Translation of La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa by Halina Bernhardt-Kralowa] (Warsaw: Państ. Instytut Wydawniczy, 1996)


Memorias de una ladrona [Translation of Teresa la ladra by Naldo Lombardi] (Buenos Aires: Ediciones de la Flor, 1973)

Mi marido [Translation of Mio marito by Ana Goldar] (Buenos Aires: Ediciones Librerías Fausto, 1975)

Historia de Piera [Translation of Storia di Piera by Juan Moreno] (Barcelona: Plaza & Janés, 1983)

El tren de la última noche [Translation of Il treno dell’ultima notte by David Paradela López] (Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2012)

La larga vida de Marianna Ucrìa [Translation of La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa by Atilio Pentimalli] (Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2020)

Isolina: la mujer descuartizada [Translation of Isolina: la donna tagliata a pezzi by Raquel Olcoz] (Madrid: Altamarea, 2020)

Trío: dos amigas, un hombre y la peste en Sicilia [Translation of Trio. Storia di due amiche, un uomo e la peste a Messina by Raquel Olcoz] (Madrid: Altamarea, 2020)

Diálogo de una prostituta con su cliente y otras obras [Translation of Dialogo di una prostituta con un suo cliente e altre opere by Raquel Olcoz] (Madrid: Altamarea, 2021)

Clara de Asís: elogio de la desobedencia [Translation of Chiara di Assisi: elogio della disubbidienza by Almudena Miralles Guardiola] (Madrid: Altamarea, 2021)

Querido Pier Paolo [Translation of Caro Pier Paolo by Helena Lozano Miralles] (Barcelona: Galaxia Gutenberg, 2022)

Memorias de una ladrona [Translation of Teresa la ladra by Almudena Miralles Guardiola] (Madrid: Altamarea, 2022)


Colomba [Translation of Colomba by Carin Bartosch Edström] (Höör: 2 Kronors Förlag, 2009)

Olustens år [Translation of L’età del malessere by Karin de Laval and Annina Rabe] (Stockholm: Modernista, 2019)

Den stumma hertiginnan [Translation of La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa by Pietro Maglio and Henrik Petersen] (Stockholm: Modernista, 2020)


Achilli, Tina: Mariti e Regini. Il gioco violento delle coppie nel teatro di Luigi Pirandello e Dacia Maraini (Bari: Progedit, 2007)

Amoia, Alba: ‘Dacia Maraini: the Designing Woman’ in 20th-Century Italian Women Writers: the Feminine Experience (Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1996, pp. 86-99)

Anderlini, Serena: ‘Dacia Maraini: Prolegomena for a Feminist Dramaturgy of the Feminine’ (Diacritics, A Feminist Miscellany, 21.2-3, Summer-Autumn 1991, pp. 148-160)

Avoledo, Tullio: ‘Dacia Maraini presenta Nadja’ in Lavoro da morire: racconti di un’Italia sfruttata ed. by Tullio Avoledo (Turin: Einaudi, 2009, pp. 61-78)

Axelrod-Sokolov, Mark: Notions of Otherness: Literary Essays from Abraham Cahan to Dacia Maraini (London: Anthem Press, 2020)

Bacchilega, Cristina: ‘“Writing” and “Voice”: the Articulation of Gender in Folklore and Literature’ in Folklore, Literature, and Cultural Theory: Collected Essays ed. by Cathy Lynn Preston (New York/London: Garland Publishing, 1995, pp. 83-101) [An examination of Maraini’s La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa]

Badt, Karin L.: The Ethics of the Body in American and Italian Women’s Fiction: A Study of Sylvia Plath, Natalia Ginzburg, Dacia Maraini, Milena Milani and Toni Morrison [PhD dissertation] (University of Michigan, 1994)

Ballaro, Beverly: ‘Making the Lesbian Body: Writing and Desire in Dacia Maraini’s Lettere a Marina’ in Gendered Contexts: New Perspectives in Italian Cultural Studies ed. by Laura Benedetti, Julia L. Hairston, and Silvia M. Ross (New York: Peter Lang, 1996, pp. 177-188)

Bertone, Manuela and Barbara Meazzi [eds]: Curiosa di mestiere: saggi su Dacia Maraini (Pisa: ETS, 2017)

Bronnen, Barbara: ‘Zeit des Unbehagens’ in Frauen in Italien - Erzählungen (Munich: Deutscher Taschenbuch-Verlag, 1990, pp. 26-46)

Brooke, Gabriella: ‘Sicilian Philomenas: Marianna Ucrìa and the Muted Woman of Her Time’ in Gendering Italian Fiction: Feminist Revisions of Italian History ed. by Maria Ornella Marotti and Gabriella Brooke (Cranbury, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999, pp. 190-201)

Bryce, Judith: ‘Intimations of Patriarchy: Memories of Wartime Japan in Dacia Maraini’s Bagheria’ in European Memories of World War II ed. by Helmut Peitsch, Charles Burdett, and Claire Gorrara (Oxford: Berghahn, 1999, pp. 220-228)

—: ‘The Perfect Crime? Paternal Perpetrators in Dacia Maraini’s Voci’ in Crime Scenes: Detective Narratives in European Culture Since 1945 ed. by Anne Mullen and Emer O’Beirne (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000, pp. 207-218)

Calamai, Silvia: ‘Dalla parola al palcoscenico: le lingue di Chiti, Malpeli, Maraini, Russo, Scimone, Tarantino’ in Varietà dell’italiano nel teatro contemporaneo ed. by Stefania Stefanelli (Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 2009, pp. 195-238)

Camaiti Hostert, Anna: Viaggiare per righe straniere: mappa dei confini tra potere ed autorità del linguaggio sessuato e del punto di vista femminile nella scrittura femminista di Dacia Maraini [PhD dissertation] (Chicago: University of Chicago, 1995)

—: ‘Tra silenzio e scrittura: dall’estraneità all’autorità del punto di vista femminile’ in L’esilio come certezza ed. by Andrea Ciccarelli e Paolo Giordano (West Lafayettte: Bordighera Press, 1998, pp. 187-204)

—: ‘Afterword’ in Dacia Maraini, The Silent Duchess [Translation of La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa by Dick Kitto and Elspeth Spottiswood] (New York: Feminist Press, 1998, pp. 237–261)

Cannon, JoAnn: ‘Rewriting the Female Destiny: Dacia Maraini’s La Lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa’ (Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures, 49.2, 1995, pp. 136-146)

—: The Novel as Investigation: Leonardo Sciascia, Dacia Maraini, and Antonio Tabucchi (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2006)

Cantini, Maristella: La lunga ombra di Saffo. Riflessioni critiche sulla narrativa di Dacia Maraini (Sesto San Giovanni, Milan: Mimesis, 2024)

Capozzi, Rocco: ‘Incontro con Dacia Maraini’ in Homage to Moravia ed. by Rocco Capozzi and Mario B. Mignone (Stony Brook, NY: Forum Italicum, 1993, pp. 57-61)

Casteels, Karen: ‘De vrouwelike stemmen van Dacia Maraini’ in Hedendaagse Italiaanse Literatuur 1963-1993 ed. by Franco Musarra (Wevelgem: Lionel Deflo, 1995)

Catturazza, Claudio [ed.]: Dedica a Dacia Maraini (Trieste: Lint, 2000)

Cavallaro, Daniela: ‘I sogni di Clitennestra: The Oresteia according to Dacia Maraini’ (Italica, 72, 1995, pp. 340-355)

—: ‘Con tutto da ricominciare: Vannina’s Spiritual Journey in Dacia Maraini’s Donna in guerra’ (Annali d'Italianistica, 25, 2005, pp. 379-396)

—: ‘Per una rilettura di Donna in guerra di Dacia Maraini’ in Le forme del romanzo italiano e le letterature occidentali dal Sette al Novecento ed. by Simona Costa and Monica Venturini (Pisa: ETS, 2010, pp. 395-405)

Cerini, Lucia: ‘Dacia Maraini: une force tranquille du féminisme’ (La parole Métèque, 7 [special issue] 1988, pp. 9-11)

Chemotti, Saveria: ‘Dacia Maraini: il materno ritrovato’ in L’inchiostro bianco: madri e figlie nella narrativa italiana contemporanea (Padua: Il Poligrafo, 2009, pp. 251-270)

Ciambellotti, Edera: ‘Una stanza tutta per sé: intorno a L’età del malessere di Dacia Maraini’ in Nel passato presente degli anni sessanta ed. by Umberto Piersanti (Urbino: Montefeltro, 1981, pp. 69-84)

Cruciata, Maria Antonietta: Dacia Maraini (Fiesole: Cadmo, 2003)

Dagnino, Pauline: ‘Fra madre e marito: The Mother/Daughter Relationship in Dacia Maraini’s Lettere a Marina’ in Visions and Revisions: Women in Italian Culture ed. by Mirna Cicioni and Nicole Prunster (Providence: Berg, 1993, pp. 183-198)

—: ‘Quest or Question: Female Identity in Dacia Maraini’s La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa’ in Literature and Quest ed. by Christine Arkinstall (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1993, pp. 65-67)

—: ‘Revolution in the Laundry’ in The Pleasure of Writing. Critical Essays on Dacia Maraini ed. by Rodica Diaconescu-Blumenfeld and Ada Testaferri (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2000) (pp. 232-245) 

De Donato, Gigliola: ‘Dacia e Marianna’ and ‘Bagheria’ in Gli archivi del silenzio: la tradizione del romanzo storico italiano (Fasano: Schena, 1995, pp. 203-224, 225-233)

De Miguel y Canuto, Juan Carlos [ed.]: Scrittura civile: studi sull’opera di Dacia Maraini (Rome: Perrone 2010)

Diaconescu-Blumenfeld, Rodica and Ada Testaferri [eds]: The Pleasure of Writing. Critical Essays on Dacia Maraini (West Lafayette: Purdue University Press, 2000)

Eufusia, Lindsay: ‘Dacia Maraini’s La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa: Towards a New Theory of Female Fetishism and Restoring Marianna’s Voice’ (Italian Studies, 73.1, 2018, pp. 98-112)

Fanning, Ursula: ‘Some Segments of Daughterly Discourse: Dacia Maraini’s Return to the Mother in La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa, Bagheria and La nave per Kobe’ in Narrativa italiana recente / Recent Italian Fiction ed. by Roberto Bertoni (Turin: Trauben Edizioni, 2005, pp. 121-133)

Forti, Marco: ‘Dacia Maraini “siciliana”: romanzo storico-familiare e memoria’ in Narrativa e romanzo nel Novecento italiano: studi critici, ritratti e ricerche (Milan: Il Saggiatore, 2009, pp. 1016-1066) [originally published in Nuova Antologia in two parts: January-March 1995, pp. 191-216, and April-June 1995, pp. 136-159]

Forti-Lewis, Angelica: ‘Don Giovanni femminista’ in Maschere, libretti e libertine: il mito di Don Giovanni nel teatro europeo (Rome: Bulzoni, 1992, pp. 197-208)

Frutos Martinez, Maria Consuelo: ‘Analisis de las traducciones castellanas de Dacia Maraini’ in La traducción en las relaciones italo-espanolas: lenguas, literaturas y cultura ed. by Asunta Camps (Barcelona: Publicacions de la Universitat de Barcelona, 2012, pp. 577-591)

Gabriele, Tommasina: ‘From Prostitution to Transsexuality: Gender Identity and Subversive Sexuality in Dacia Maraini’ (Modern Language Notes, 117.1, 2002, pp. 241-256)

—: ‘Too Sweet for the Sweet: Dacia Maraini’s Il treno per Helsinki’ (Rivista di studi italiani, 22.1, 2004, pp. 69-77)

—: ‘The Pregnant Nun: Suor Attanasia and the Metaphor of Arrested Maternity in Dacia Maraini’ (Italica, 81.1, 2004, pp. 65-80)

—: Dacia Maraini’s Narratives of Survival: (Re)Constructed (Cranbury, NJ: Farleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016)

Gala, Candelas: ‘Identity and Writing: A Lacanian Reading of Alba de Céspedes’ Quaderno proibito and Dacia Maraini’s Donna in guerra’ (Forum Italicum, 37.1, 2003, pp. 147-160)

Giobbi, Giuliana: ‘A Blurred Picture: Adolescent Girls Growing up in Fanny Burney, George Eliot, Rosamond Lehmann, Elizabeth Bowen and Dacia Maraini’ (Journal of European Studies, 25.2, 1995, pp. 141-164)

Giorgio, Adalgisa: ‘The Novel 1965-2000’ in A History of Women’s Writing in Italy ed. by Letizia Panizza and Sharon Wood (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2000, pp. 218-237)

Golini, Vera: ‘Italian Women in Search of Identity in Dacia Maraini’s Novels’ in International Women’s Writing: New Landscapes of Identity ed. by Anne E. Brown and Marjanne E. Goozé (Westport, CT/London: Greenwood Press, 1995, pp. 207-220)

González, Isabel: ‘La vacanza de Dacia Maraini ¿una novela feminista?’ in Escritoras italianas, géneros literarios y literatura comparada ed. by Arriaga Florez Mercedes (Seville: Arcibel, 2007, pp. 117-125)

Haffter, Peter: ‘Femminismo e seduzione nel Don Juan di Dacia Maraini’ in Atti del 3 Convegno dell’Associazione Professori di Italiano (Johannesburg: University of the Witwatersrand Press, 1983, pp. 70-84)

Heinzius, Barbara: Feminismus oder Pornographie? Zur Darstellung von Erotik und Sexualität im Werk Dacia Maraini (St Ingbert: Röhrig Universitätsverlag, 1995)

Helfman Kaufman, Rhoda: ‘Introduction: Dacia Maraini’s Background and Literary Works; Her Themes; How she Works; Maraini on Theatre Language; La Maddalena; Maraini’s Vision of the Future’ in Dacia Maraini, Only Prostitutes Marry in May (Toronto: Guernica, 1994, pp. 9-29)

Heyer-Caput, Margherita: ‘The Silent Duchess by Dacia Maraini’ in Italian Literature and its Time ed. by Joyce Moss (Detroit: Thomson Gale, 2005, pp. 399-407)

Jeuland-Meynaud, Maryse: ‘L’Oeuvre narrative de Dacia Maraini: polémique ou litérature?’ in Les femmes écrivains en Italie aux 19 et 20 siècles: actes du colloque international Aix-en-Provence, 14-15 et 16 novembre 1991 (Aix-en-Provence: Université de Provence 1993, pp. 205-238)

La Luna, Michelangelo: ‘Stranger than Life? Autobiography and Historical Fiction’ in Gendering Italian Fiction: Feminist Revisions of Italian History ed. by Maria Ornella Marotti and Gabriella Brooke (Cranbury, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 1999, pp. 31-48)

—: ‘Viollca la bambina albanese di Dacia Maraini: dal racconto al testo teatrale’ (Italica. Journal of the American Association of Teachers of Italian, 92.3, 2015, pp. 702-712)

La Monaca, Donatella [ed.]: ‘Il mio elisir sono i libri. Le alchimie narrative di Dacia Maraini’ in Scrittici siciliane del Novecento (Palermo: Flaccovio, 2008, pp. 63-72)

Lazzaro-Weis, Carol M.: ‘Memorie di una ladra’; ‘Donna in guerra’; ‘La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa’ in From Margins to Mainstream: Feminism and Fictional Modes in Italian Women’s Writing, 1968-1990 (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania, 1993, pp. 71-78 and 145-150)

Leonardi, Vanessa [ed.]: ‘Dacia Maraini’ in Gender and Ideology in Translation: Do Women and Men Translate Differently? A Contrastive Analysis from Italian to English (Berne: Peter Lang, 2007, pp. 141-146)

Mandolini, Nicoletta: ‘Beyond Rape: Dacia Maraini’s Donna in guerra and Maria Schiavo’s Macellum in the 1970s Italian Feminist Debate on Gender Violence’ (Italian Studies, 72.4, 2017, pp. 428–442)

Marinelli, Gioconda: Dacia Maraini in cucina: sapori tra le righe (Salerno: Marlin, 2007)

Marinelli, Gioconda and Angela Matassa: Dacia Maraini in scena con Marianna, Veronica, Camille e le altre (Calcata: Edizioni del Giano, 2009)

Martín-Clavijo, Miguel: El teatro histórico de Dacia Maraini: Verónica Franco, meretriz y escritora e Historia de Isabella di Morra relatada por Benedetto Croce (Madrid: Dykinson, 2023)

Merry, Bruce: ‘Why do I tell you my dreams like an idiot? The Hammering of Women in Dacia Maraini’s Novels: a Glimpse of Sibilla Aleramo’ in Women in Modern Italian Literature: Four Studies Based on the Work of Grazia Deledda, Alba de Cespèdes, Natalia Ginzburg, and Dacia Maraini (Townsville, North Queensland: James Cook University, 1990, pp. 193-229)

—: Dacia Maraini and Her Place in Contemporary Italian Literature (Oxford: Berg, 1995)

—: Dacia Maraini and the Written Dream of Women in Italian Literature (Townsville, North Queensland: James Cook University, 1997)

Mitchell, Toni: ‘Scrittura femminile: Writing the Female in the Plays of Dacia Maraini’ (Theatre Journal. Women and/in Drama, 42.3, 1990, pp. 332-349)

Monastra, Rosa Maria: ‘Il senso delle cose. La Sicilia di Dacia Maraini’ in Letteratura e lingue nazionali e regionali ed. by Salvatore Claudio Sgroi and Salvatore Trovato (Rome: Il Calamo, 1996, pp. 307-318)

Morelli, Maria: ‘“Senza cacciarsi dentro un destino da etichetta”: The Body Politics of Dacia Maraini’ in Gendering Commitment: Re-thinking Social and Ethical Engagement in Modern Italian Culture ed. by Alex Standen (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2015, pp. 93-117)

—: ‘“L’acqua in gabbia”: The Heterotopic Space of the (Female) Prison in Goliarda Sapienza’s and Dacia Maraini’s Narratives’ in Goliarda Sapienza in Context: Intertextual Relationships with Italian and European Culture ed. by Alberica Bazzoni, Emma Bond, and Katrin Wehling-Giorgi (Cranbury, MD: Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, 2016, pp. 199-214)

—: ‘Performing Gender, Gender as Performance: Politics, Aesthetics and Performativity in Dacia Maraini’s “Barricade” Theatre’ (Modern Languages Open, 1.6, 2019, pp. 1-21)

—: ‘Militanza, estetica e performatività nel teatro di “barricata” di Dacia Maraini’ (Quaderni del 900, 2020, pp. 27-36)

—: ‘Writing Food: Issues of Female Identity and Gender Politics in Dacia Maraini’s Novels’ in Food and Women in Italian Literature, Culture and Society ed. by Claudia Bernardi, Francesca Calamita, and Daniele De Feo (London: Bloomsbury, 2020, pp. 141-152)

—: Queer(ing) Gender in Italian Women Writers: Maraini, Morante, Sapienza (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2021)

Murrali, Eugenio: Lontananze perdute. La Sicilia di Dacia Maraini (Rome: Giulio Perrone, 2016)

Musarra Schroder, Ulla: ‘Viaggio a Bagheria: l’infanzia siciliana negli scritti autobiografici di Dacia Maraini’ in L’Europa che comincia e finisce. Approcci transculturali alla letteratura siciliana ed. by Dagmar Reichardt (Frankfurt a.M.: Lang, 2006, pp. 294-308)

Muscatello, Valentina: Pandemia silenziosa. La violenza sulle donne in Dacia Maraini (Calcata: Edizioni del Giano, 2009)

O’Healy, Áine: ‘Filming Female “Autobiography”: Maraini, Ferreri, and Piera’s Own Story’ in Feminine Feminists: Cultural Practices in Italy ed. by Giovanna Miceli Jeffries (Minneapolis: Minnesota University Press, 1994, pp. 190-206)

Passione, Lina: Sulle orme di Marianna Ucrìa (Catania: CUECM, 1997)

Pedullà, Walter: ‘Neoilluminismo: una femminista del Settecento’ in Le caramelle di Musil (Milan: Rizzoli, 1993, pp. 189-191)

Peja, Laura: La drammaturgia di Dacia Maraini. Paradossi di un teatro di militanza e poesia (Milan: Vita e Pensiero, 2012)

Picchietti, Virginia: Relational Spaces. Daughterhood, Motherhood, and Sisterhood in Dacia Maraini’s Writings and Films (Cranbury, NJ: Associated University Presses, 2002)

Platzer, David: ‘Translating Dacia; Two Poems’ in Translation Practices: Through Language to Culture ed. by Ashley Chantler and Carla Dente (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2009, pp. 239-249)

Prola, Dario: ‘Dacia Maraini in Polonia. Sulla traduzione de La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa’ (Studi Slavistici, 17.1, 2020, pp. 81-96)

Rebane, Gala: ‘Muted Females and Deafening Tale: Dacia Maraini’s La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa’ in Re-making the Italians: Collective Identities in the Contemporary Italian Historical Novel (Frankfurt a.M.: Peter Lang, 2012, pp. 208-213)

Rekut-Liberatore, Oleksandra: ‘La metamorfosi dell’io nell’Altra verità e in Bagheria (Alda Merini – Dacia Maraini)’ in Finzione e alterità dell’io: presenze nella scrittura femminile tra XX e XXI secolo (Florence: Società Editrice Fiorentina SEF, 2013, pp. 27-35)

Riviello, Tonia Caterina: ‘The Motif of Entrapment in Elsa Morante’s L’isola di Arturo and Dacia Maraini’s L’età del malessere’ (Rivista di studi italiani, 8.1-2, 1990, pp. 70-87)

Rutter, Itala T. C.: ‘Feminist Theory as Practice: Italian Feminism and the Work of Teresa de Lauretis and Dacia Maraini’ (Women’s Studies International Forum, 13.6, 1990, pp. 565-575)

Ryan-Scheutz, Colleen: ‘Page, Stage, Screen: The Languages of Silence in Maraini and Faenza’s La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa’ (Modern Language Notes, 123, 2008, pp. 56-76)

Salzani, Carlo: ‘Paradoxes of the Unruly Commodity: Dacia Maraini and the Talking Whore’ in Constellations of Reading: Walter Benjamin in Figures of Actuality (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009, pp. 161-186)

Samà, Cinzia: ‘Dacia Maraini e la stampa spagnola’ in Papel de mujeres-mujeres de papel: periodismo y comunicación del siglo XIX a nuestros días ed. by Margherita Bernard (Bergamo: Bergamo University Press, 2008, pp. 221-240)

Sartini Blum, Cinzia: ‘Walking in the Shoes of Another: Dacia Maraini’s Departures and Returns’ in Rewriting the Journey in Contemporary Italian Literature: Figures of Subjectivity in Progress (Toronto: Toronto University Press, 2008, pp. 132-168)

Scamarcio, Patrizia: Literarische Texte im Italienisch-Unterricht: ‘L’altra famiglia’ von Dacia Maraini (Munich: Grin Verlag, 2014)

Scordato, Cosimo: ‘Marianna, un corpo senza voce: l’amata scrittura di Dacia Maraini’ in Sub specie typographica: domande radicali negli scrittori siciliani del Novecento ed. by Massimo Naro (Caltanissetta: Sciascia, 2003, pp. 287-317)

Siciliano, Enzo: ‘Dacia Maraini: “Donne mie”’ in La bohème del mare: dieci anni di letteratura, 1972-1982 (Milan: Mondadori, 1983, pp. 182-185)

Siggers Manson, Christina: ‘In love with Cecchino: Opening the Door to Violence in Dacia Maraini’s Colomba and Voci’ (Journal of Romance Studies, 5.2, 2005, pp. 91-112)

—: ‘“What’s Hell? Palermo without Any Cake Shops”: Re-examining Oppression in Dacia Maraini’s Palermo’ (Journal of Romance Studies, 7.1, 2007, pp. 79-93)

Standen, Alex: ‘Ostile o affascinante? The Trouble with Perpetrators in Dacia Maraini’s Voci (1994) and Buio (1999)’ in Gender, Agency and Violence: European Perspectives from Early Modern Times to Present Day ed. by Ulrike Zitzlsperger (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp. 205-220)

Stauder, Thomas: ‘Dacia Maraini: Viva l’Italia!’ in Italienisches Theater des 20. Jahrhunderts in Einzelinterpretationen ed. by Manfred Lentzen (Berlin: Erich Schmidt Verlag, 2008, pp. 308-325)

Sumeli Weinberg, M. Grazia: Invito alla lettura di Dacia Maraini (Pretoria: University of South Africa Press, 1993)

—: ‘La forza della negatività: la dialettica del soggetto parlante nella Lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa di Dacia Maraini’ (Otto/Novecento, 3.4, 1995, pp. 177-186)

—: ‘Ricerca di un futuro tra civiltà industriale e arcaica: Donna in guerra di Dacia Maraini’ in Letteratura e industria. Atti del XV Congresso dell’Associazione Internazionale per gli Studi di Lingua e Letteratura Italiana. Torino 15-19 maggio 1994, Vol. 2: Il XX secolo ed. by Giorgio Barberi Squarotti and Carlo Ossola (Florence: Olschki, 1997, pp. 1075-1084) 

—: ‘Athena’s Owl: Reflections on the Dual Nature of the Goddess in the Works of Dacia Maraini’ in Proceedings of the Third Annual Conference of the Myth Study Group (Pretoria: Trictrac Press, 2009, pp. 162-168)

Tamburri, Anthony J.: ‘Dacia Maraini’s Donna in guerra: Victory or Defeat?’ in Contemporary Women Writers in Italy: A Modern Renaissance ed. by Santo L. Aricò (Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press, 1990, pp. 139-152)

Tamburrini, Bruna: ‘Viaggio, memoria, immaginazione e scrittura al femminile nel percorso narrativo di Dacia Maraini’ in Donne nella letteratura e nella storia (Civitavecchia: Rosati, 2006, pp. 78-83)

Tornabuoni, Lietta: ‘Domande a Dacia Maraini, artista femminista’ in Sorelle d’Italia. L’immagine della donna dal ’68 al ’78 ed. by Lietta Tornabuoni and Stefano Reggiani (Milan: Bompiani, 1978)

Wood, Sharon: ‘Il linguaggio del corpo e La lunga vita di Marianna Ucrìa’ (Passaggi, 6.2, 1990, pp. 8-18)

—: ‘Women and Theatre in Italy: Natalia Ginzburg, Franca Rame and Dacia Maraini’ in Women in European Theatre ed. by Elizabeth Woodrough (Oxford: Intellect Books, 1995, pp. 85-94)

—: ‘The Silencing of Women: The Political Aesthetic of Dacia Maraini (born 1936)’ in Italian Women’s Writing 1860-1994 (London/Atlantic Highlands, NJ: Athlone, 1995, pp. 216-231)

—: ‘Translation and the Performative Text: Dacia Maraini’s Passi affrettati’ in Differences on Stage ed. by Alessandra De Martino, Paolo Puppa and Paola Toninato (Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2013, pp. 191-206)

Wright, Simona: ‘Dacia Maraini: Charting the Female Experience in the Quest-Plot: Marianna Ucrìa’ (Italian Quarterly, 34.133-134, 1997, pp. 59-70)

Zaczek, Barbara Maria: ‘Deconstructing the Definition of Female Letters as Sentimental, Nonliterary and Private’ in Censored Sentiments: Letters and Censorship in Epistolary Novels and Conduct Material (London: Associated University Press, 1997, pp. 138-175)

Zagarrio, Giuseppe: ‘Il femminismo di Dacia Maraini’ in Novecento: gli scrittori e la cultura letteraria nella società italiana, Vol. 11 (Milan: Marzorati, 1989, pp. 1058-1060)

Interviews/in the Media

Selection only

Book-length Interviews 

De Gregorio, Concita: Non chiedermi quando. Romanzo per Dacia (Milan: Rizzoli, 2016)

Degli Espositi, Piera: Piera e gli assassini (Milan: Rizzoli, 2003)

Di Paolo, Paolo: Ho sognato una stazione: gli affetti, i valori, le passioni (Rome: Laterza, 2005)

Falzone, Michele: La mia Sicilia. Interviste a Dacia Maraini (Rome: Il Ventaglio, 1995)

Farrell, Joseph: La mia vita, le mie battaglie (Pisa: Della Porta, 2015)

Gaglianone, Paola: Conversazione con Dacia Maraini. Il piacere di scrivere (Rome: Omicron, 1995)

Giovinazzo, Stefano and Alessandra Stoppini: Il volto delle donne: conversazione con Dacia Maraini (Rome: Edizioni della Sera, 2010)

Martinoni, Renato: Il palombaro delle acque profonde. Intervista a Dacia Maraini (Balerna, TI: Edizioni dell’Ulivo, 1997)

Montini, Ileana: Parlare con Dacia Maraini (Verona: Bertani, 1977)

Murrali, Eugenio: Il sogno del teatro: cronaca di una passione (Milan: Rizzoli, 2013)

Salvo, Anna and Silvia Vegetti Finzi: Madri e figlie: ieri e oggi (Rome: Laterza, 2003)

Printed Interviews

Ammirati, Maria Pia: Dacia Maraini. Romanzi in Madamina: il catalogo è questo (Soveria Mannelli: Rubbettino, 1995, pp. 109-117)

d’Arcangeli, Luciana: ‘Interview with Dacia Maraini' [translated by Luciana d’Arcangeli] in Bahar Brunton, Renato Chiocca, Karis E. Halsall, Isley Lynn, Dacia Maraini, and Raúl Quirós Molina, Staging Violence Against Women and Girls: Plays and Interviews ed. by Daniela Cavallaro, Luciana d'Arcangeli and Claire Kennedy (London: Methuen Drama, 2023, pp. 101-108)

Paulicelli, Eugenia and David Ward: ‘L’anello che non tiene’ (Journal of Modern Italian Literature, 9.1-2, 1997, pp. 73-82)

Reim, Riccardo and Antonio Veneziani: ‘Dacia Maraini e Venere’ in Una questione diversa ed. by Riccardo Reim and Antonio Veneziani (Cosenza: Lerici, 1978, pp. 127-129)

Ricci, Giovanni: ‘Salò e altre ipotesi: incontro con Dacia Maraini’ in Various Authors: Dedicato a Pier Paolo Pasolini (Milan: Grammalibri, 1976, pp. 63-71)

Seger, Monica: ‘A Conversation with Dacia Maraini’ (World Literature Today, July 2011) available online at https://www.worldliteraturetoday.org/2011/july/conversation-dacia-maraini#.UrAaxphFBMw

Stewart, Gaither: ‘Interview with Writer Dacia Maraini’ (Cyberitalian [no date]) available online at https://www.cyberitalian.com/en/html/act_031.html

Sumeli Weinberg, Grazia: ‘An Interview with Dacia Maraini’ (Tydskrif vir Letterkunde, 27.3, 1989, pp. 64-72)

Wright, Simona: ‘Intervista a Dacia Maraini’ (Italian Quarterly, 34.133-134, 1997, pp. 71-91)

Radio Interviews

Babini, Valeria: ‘Speciale festa della donna: violenti si diventa’ (Radio Emilia Romagna, 8 March 2017)

Bignardi, Daria: ‘Caro Piero Paolo’ (Radio Capital, 8 March 2022)

Ciracì, Giovanna: ‘A sud. Ospite telefonico: la scrittrice Dacia Maraini’ (Radio Punto Sud, 6 June 2023)

Coccia, Massimiliano: ‘Marcia radicale per l’amnistia per il 6 novembre a Roma: Dacia Maraini’ (Radio Radicale, 14 October 2016)

Confortini, Massimo: ‘Incontro con Dacia Maraini’ (Radio Radicale, 22 March 2019)

Costanzo, Maurizio and Carlotta Quadri: ‘Dacia Maraini ospite a Facciamo Finta Che’ (Radio 101, 21 March 2021)

Farina, Paola: ‘Una riflessione gentile: le riflessioni di Dacia Maraini’ (Radio Lombardia, 10 July 2021)

Giannini, Massimo: ‘Dacia Maraini: le minacce alla stampa’ (Radio Capital, 13 November 2018)

Maraini, Dacia: ‘Tutti vogliono scrivere, nessuno legge’ (Radio Cusano, 17 March 2022)

Minà, Gianni: ‘Scrittrici del 900. Intervista a Dacia Maraini’ (Rai PlaySound, 6 March 2020) 

Minerva, Luciano: ‘Il senso della scrittura’ (Rai News, 29 January 2017)

Murrali, Eugenio: ‘Onda Marina e il drago Spento’ (Letture Metropolitane, Radio Elettrica, July 2019)

Senatore, Pierluigi: ‘Dacia Maraini presenta Il coraggio delle donne’ (Radio Bruno, 25 November 2021)

Spagnoli, Roberto: ‘Intervista a Dacia Maraini sul suo sostegno ad Emma Bonino candidata per la regione Lazio’ (Radio Radicale, 5 February 2010)

Strippoli, Angela and Anna Santoro: ‘Intervista a Dacia Maraini’ (Radio Saba Sound, 21 October 2021)

Video Interviews

Amerini, Franco: ‘A viva voce: incontro con Dacia Maraini’ (Rizzoli Education, 25 February 2022) available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ysP8n6hH4U

Autieri, Serena: ‘Intervista a Dacia Maraini’ (Dedicato, RAI 1, 4 August 2021) available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=19fUyGrBF64

Battaglia, Filippo Maria: ‘La scrittura? Segue sempre la vita: intervista a Dacia Maraini’ (SKY TG24, 14 December 2014) available online at https://youtu.be/I3TMtVnWAh4

Bighinati, Dalia: ‘L’intervista. A tu per tu con Dacia Maraini’ (Telestense Ferrara, 1 April 2022) available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mM5HnqMrgQ

Casini, Simone and Lorenzo Pavolini: ‘Il bambino Alberto’ (Letture Metropolitane, 1 December 2021) available online at https://www.youtube.com/live/dwVQHN6_l4U?feature=share

D’Aquino, Emma: ‘Dacia Maraini: Le lettere a Pier Paolo Pasolini’ (Oggi è un altro giorno, 9 March 2022) available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W30VoIyDlNs

Deenadayalan, Yamini: 'In Conversation with Dacia Maraini' (Tehelka TV, 9 February 2012) available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JyckwhjcJQU

Di Paolo, Paolo: ‘Noi siamo ambiente: la grande narrazione’ (Dialoghi di Pistoia, 29 May 2022) available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yEtvWKYJgWk

Fazio, Fabio: ‘Dacia Maraini’ (Che Tempo Che Fa, RAI 3, 6 March 2022) available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Pz1D4yglh1s

Flachmeyer, Lisa: ‘Dacia Maraini: Trio’ (internationales literaturfestival berlin, 12 September 2022) available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zCXjfK0y0Ew

Gramellini, Massimo: ‘La posta di Dacia Maraini’ (Le parole, RAI 3, 3 December 2020) available online at https://www.raiplay.it/video/2022/12/La-Posta-diDacia-Maraini---Le-Parole---03122022-c047c978-c58c-445b-8ac9-34531dd1db3f.html

Italian Consulate in Buenos Aires: ‘Attualità italiana. Intervista a Dacia Maraini’ (13 February 2022) available online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jg-v_T-X_0Q

Langone, Laura: ‘Interview with Nobel Prize Nominee Dacia Maraini’ (Cambridge University, Italian Society, 5 September 2020) available online at https://www.youtube.com/live/r45Iu-GQCqI?feature=share

Macerollo, Carlotta: ‘Dacia Maraini e i segreti della scrittura’ (News24, RAI IERI, 16 November 2016) available online at https://www.rainews.it/archivio-rainews/media/Dacia-Maraini-e-i-segreti-della-scrittura-141b4715-7c67-4d38-b1a3-fc439bd9f89b.html

Maraini, Dacia: ‘Solidarietà fra donne in tempo di quarantena’ (Il Salone Internazionale del Libro di Torino, 15 May 2020) available online at https://youtu.be/VkRCOMb6k9E

Marinelli, Gioconda: ‘Volare con le parole’ (Facebook Watch, 28 June 2021) available online at https://www.facebook.com/MarlinEditoreCava/videos/volare-con-le-parole-dacia-maraini-spiega-limportanza-delle-parole-nello-scambio/3100754520147391/

Mondo, Monica: ‘Dacia Maraini’ (SOUL, Tv2000it, 12 April 2015) available online at https://youtu.be/aMavP0Rifhc

Pavolini, Lorenzo: ‘Intervista sulla pace’ (Incontri con gli scrittori, laculturaincasa 25 April 2020) available online at https://youtu.be/xfXHktwKJ-o

Polimeni, Giuseppe: ‘Intervista a Dacia Maraini. Convegno “Modelli e forme nel Canzoniere italiano di Pier Paolo Pasolini’ (Centro Apice Università degli Studi di Milano, 7 May 2022) available online at https://youtu.be/EM7dHFGkxqU

Raznovich, Camilla: ‘Intervista a Dacia Maraini’ (Kilimangiaro Estate, RAI 3, 31 July 2022) available online at https://youtu.be/Mm4RHB7G5sk

Scherma, Vincenzo: ‘Maraini (Dacia) racconta se stessa’ (Rai Cultura, 27 March 2015) available online at https://youtu.be/Mwo9MGCfQrs

Stranges, Paola: ‘Intervista alla scrittrice Dacia Maraini’ (Caffè letterario, 18 May 2021) available online at https://www.italiani.it/la-scrittrice-italiana-dacia-maraini-si-racconta-in-unintervista-a-italiani-it/

Zanchini, Giorgio: ‘Quante storie. Ritrovare l’orientamento’ (Dai libri alla realtà, RAI, 25 January 2023) available online at https://www.raiplay.it/video/2023/01/Quante-storie---Puntata-del-03022023-2da6ac26-9bcb-4ec4-96ab-96290673836b.html