Muse and throw

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Ponte alle Grazie
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Sixteen women writers for sixteen great women.

In this astonishing collection, many of Italy’s most beloved and esteemed female writers recount as many “muses”: shameless and beautiful women or, on the contrary, meek and reserved ones who, for the space of a night or for their entire existence, have entered into complex (and dangerous) relationships with successful men. Muses not always “thrown” but mostly misunderstood — thus giving substance to the obnoxious saying that “behind every great man is a great woman” — who thus return, at last, to the center of the literary stage. The pioneers of psychoanalysis and Kate Moss from a hundred covers, Kiki the Queen of Montparnasse for a night and Maria Callas the Divine forever, Nadia Krupskaya working to bring about socialism, Rosalind Franklin discovering the structure of DNA, the inspirations of painters, musicians, writers, philosophers: spanning different eras and places, happy and unhappy destinies, Muse and Throw arrives at the presence of living legends, even landed on Instagram, like Amanda Lear. Sixteen first-rate authors reveal here as many wonderful women, offering readers a fresh look at the relationship between the sexes, female identity, and the struggle for emancipation.

Women writers: Ritanna Armeni, Angela Bubba, Maria Grazia Calandrone, Elisa Casseri, Claudia Durastanti, Ilaria Gaspari, Lisa Ginzburg, Chiara Lalli, Cristina Marconi, Lorenza Pieri, Laura Pugno, Veronica Raimo, Tea Ranno, Igiaba Scego, Anna Siccardi, Chiara Tagliaferri.

The muses: Lou Andreas-Salomé, Luisa Baccara, Maria Callas, Pamela Des Barres, Zelda Fitzgerald, Rosalind Franklin, Jeanne Hébuterne, Kiki de Montparnasse, Nadia Krupskaja, Amanda Lear, Alene Lee, Dora Maar, Kate Moss, Regine Olsen, Sabina Spielrein.

curated by Arianna Ninchi and Silvia Siravo