Category: History: Europe
Copyright/published Year: 2008 by Houghton Mifflin
This quintessential David-and-Goliath saga tells the story of ì a wholly unexpected triumph of the poor against the rich and of a ì crusading city attorney who fought on behalf of an impoverished ì peasant.
Amalia Bagnacavalli, an illiterate young peasant from the ì mountains near Bologna, is forced by poverty to take in a child ì from the city's foundling home to wet-nurse. When Amalia ì contracts syphilis from the sickly and malformed baby given to ì her, the city fathers callously dismiss her pleas for treatment ì and restitution.
Bewildered and frightened, she seeks out Augusto Barbieri, an ì ambitious attorney looking to make a name for himself. He takes ì up Amalia's cause, fighting the case for years through the ì Italian courts before winning an unprecedented and stunning ì victory for his by now broken client. The unforgettable story of ì a landmark struggle for basic human rights, Amalia's Tale is the ì moving drama of a rural woman whose life was ruined and the man ì from the city who would not stop -- or so it seemed -- until he ì had seen justice done.
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