“In a territory at the borders of the Bourbon and the Papal dominions, the perennial coming and going of brigands, that had suddenly become a part of Italy, life continued on as before because nothing had in the relationship
between the social classes: masters and servants in Terra di Lavoro. In the meantime, instead, railroads, telegraphs and steamships wiped away distances and sometimes borders. Eleonora’s children went to the new world, they crossed the line of time…”
In the wake of the emotional involvement with the events recounted, but also with documentary exactness, the author finds each of her character’s lives has a bond with history. But the aspects taken into consideration are unusual and up to now overlooked, although essential for understanding the life and choices of the people in Italy at the end of the 19th century.