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Oriana Fallaci by Cristina De Stefano

Oriana Fallaci

Oriana Fallaci by Cristina De Stefano
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Oct 17, 2017 | 288 Pages
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“Someone should write an opera about her: La Fallaci, beautiful extravagant, courageous survivor of war and tempestuous love affairs, speaker of truth to power. But for now, Cristina De Stefano’s new biography of the Italian journalistic superstar Oriana Fallaci—unabashed hagiography to counter the writer’s late-life reputational demise—must suffice…Fallaci was a piquant, stylish beauty, self-consciously photogenic in the Joan Didion way, a midcentury woman writer vigilant about her public image. Fallaci lives a genuinely romantic life, too, with stormy loves and war wounds. But De Stefano, who had access to living friends, family members and colleagues as well as archives and letters, reveals another side to her life.” NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

“Engrossing.” NEW YORKER

“It’s the first authorized biography we have of Fallaci, with access to new personal records, and welcome for that reason…it gets her story onto the page and, thanks to its subject, is never dull.” NEW YORK TIMES 

“A new biography gets Oriana Fallaci the way people who knew her couldn’t.” LOS ANGELES TIMES

“In this meticulous, perceptive, and dramatic portrait, De Stefano reveals the full intensity and sensitivity of a trailblazing warrior writer.” BOOKLIST, Starred Review
 
“Italian journalist de Stefano peels away the layers of mystery surrounding journalist Oriana Fallaci (1929–2006), whose career broke boundaries for women in her field…[de Stefano] applied the same dogged tenacity to this biography that defined Fallaci’s work, and in the end de Stefano gained access to a large swathe of archival material, family records, and previously unpublished personal testimonies. Written in the present tense, the book allows readers to get to know Fallaci as she progresses in her career rather than in the context of the notoriety she garnered in her later years. This is an intimate investigation into a larger-than-life personality who, in the end, was just another lonely soul.PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
 
“The great Italian writer gets her due in this short but captivating biography. Oriana Fallaci (1929-2006) played a unique role in international journalism in the latter half of the 20th century…De Stefano diligently attempts to reveal all sides of a complex and brilliant figure…this is a superb introduction to the life of an irreplaceable figure.” KIRKUS REVIEWS

“Exceptional…this biography is a must read.” LIT HUB

“Cristina De Stefano’s new book Oriana Fallaci: The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend takes a fresh look at the exceptional life and career of Fallaci, while also revealing a softer side of the notoriously hard-headed and private intellectual. “WOMEN IN THE WORLD, NEW YORK TIMES AFFILIATE

“It is the first major work to emerge in English since its subject’s death…and offers the most readable and approachable overview of Fallaci’s life yet available.STANDPOINT MAGAZINE

“Biographer Christina de Stefano has written a fine portrait of Fallaci that is indeed, a la Fallaci, in its sharp journalistic style …Author de Stefano takes us inside Fallaci’s turbulent personal life and her formidable accomplishments as a skilled and courageous foreign correspondent. It is a potent reminder that real journalists were valued for much more than a sensational scoop or headline, and like Fallaci they put everything on the line at great personal cost for their chosen profession and craft.” NEW YORK JOURNAL OF BOOKS

“Cristina de Stefano’s comprehensive yet terse biography ORIANA FALLACI ($25.95, The Other Press hardcover) is rightly subtitled: ‘The Journalist, The Agitator, The Legend.’…Stefano’s authoritative examination, translated from the Italian by Marina Harris and with access to Fallaci’s personal papers as an authorized bio, offers bracing insight into a woman who defied convention and often common sense…Fallaci’s era is over but the stories remain as vivid as her adventure-filled life. ”BOSTON HERALD

“Fallaci’s tumultuous life is difficult to sum up in a single book, but de Stefano’s work offers a deeply perceptive insight into the fascinating Italian journalist, delivered in a riveting and engaging narrative style that’s evocative of Fallaci herself.” POPMATTERS

“This is as powerful a life story as you will ever read.” —FOREWORD MAGAZINE

“In her authorized biography, Oriana Fallaci: The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend Cristina De Stefano reminds readers of Fallaci’s journalistic legacy.” WALL STREET JOURNAL 
 

“This is a terrific book about courage, ambition and old-fashioned Italian chutzpah.  These are the qualities that made Oriana Fallaci one of the most celebrated journalists of her time. This is a compelling biography of a pioneer of journalistic fearlessness.”  —Charles Kaiser, author of The Cost of Courage
 
“This is a gripping account of the controversial Italian journalist’s rise from schoolgirl Partisan courier to courageous war reporter, celebrated author and the world’s most feared and admired interviewer. Cristina De Stefano brings to life all the public success and private struggles of a woman who battled her way to the top of a world shaped by men, taking on Henry Kissinger, Muammar Gaddafi and Ayatollah Khomeini along the way. Oriana Fallaci is as vivid, bold and endlessly surprising as its subject.” —Rachel Aspden, author of Generation Revolution

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