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Oriana. Una donna

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  278 ratings  ·  37 reviews
Nata povera in una famiglia di antifascisti, cresciuta in fretta nella Resistenza, entrata in una redazione appena uscita dal liceo e poi giunta alla fama mondiale, Oriana Fallaci è la giornalista e scrittrice italiana più celebre del Novecento. Grazie al talento e alla determinazione, Oriana si impone in pochi anni in un lavoro dominato dagli uomini, riuscendo a raccontar ...more
Paperback, Best Bur, 313 pages
Published September 2014 by BUR (first published October 30th 2013)
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This book has only recently been translated into English and published in the United States by Other Press of New York. It is five years old already, not that it particularly matters. In fact, one could argue it has come out at precisely the right time. The Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci was born in 1929 and lived her life uncompromisingly, doing what she wanted, where she wanted, when she wanted. She hated the way women were treated but she did not hate men. She loved men, and she was loved ...more
Nov 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biografia, biografie
La donna
“Sono troppo rissosa, aggressiva, non perdono mai. Non so perdonare. Mai! Non so dimenticare. Mai! Questo è molto brutto. E a volte mi piace vendicarmi. E lo faccio. Questo è bruttissimo, anche se lo faccio in modo aperto; come i cani che prima di mordere abbaiano. Sorrido soltanto quando ho voglia di sorridere, parlo soltanto quando ho voglia di parlare, e parlando dico sempre quello che penso.....Perché con tutti quei difetti sono una persona davvero perbene. E questo è quello che cont
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non avete mai letto niente di Oriana? Meglio così

Oriana bambina.
Oriana che vive la guerra.
Oriana che scrive sui quaderni di scuola.
Oriana che studia.
Oriana che vuole diventare scrittrice.
Oriana che lavora in redazione.
Oriana giornalista.
Oriana innamorata.
Oriana addolorata.
Oriana inviata di guerra.
Oriana che intervista.
Oriana indipendente.
Oriana dipendente dall’amore.
Oriana mamma mancata.
Oriana scomoda.
Oriana internazionale.
Oriana toscana.
Oriana legata alle sue radici.
Oriana conservatric
Kasa Cotugno
Her history begins with the cover portrait - ever present cigarette in hand, she looks straight at the viewer, and you know you can't lie to her. Oriana Fallaci's early years were defined by World War II, and her diminutive size and braids made her look even younger than her 14 years as she peddled her bike behind partisan lines delivering messages woven into her plaits and grenades in hollowed out cabbages. The woman who developed was uncompromising, fearless. She was called not “the most turbu ...more
Oct 30, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
“Oriana Fallaci: The Journalist, the Agitator, the Legend”, by Cristina de Stefano, translated from the Italian by Marina Harss (Other Press, 2017. First published in Italian as “Oriana, una donna”, Rizzoli, 2013), is a fast-pacing account of Oriana Fallaci’s tumultuous life.

The controversial Italian journalist and novelist was born in Florence, in 1929. Despite being poor, her parents were avid readers, and Oriana grew up surrounded by books. Her father, Edoardo Fallaci, made his living as a wo
Claudia Gualina
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Sorrido soltanto quando ho voglia di sorridere, parlo soltanto quando ho voglia di parlare, e parlando dico sempre quello che penso."
Ho scoperto Oriana Fallaci a quattordici anni, in terza media: la mia professoressa di lettere aveva chiesto a tutta la classe di comprare un suo libro, Lettera a un bambino mai nato, per approfondire meglio la questione "Perché si nasce? Perché si cresce? Perché si muore?". Chi meglio di Oriana può rispondere a queste domande cruciali! Mi è piaciuta da subito. Ne
Jill Mackin
Excellent biography of an extraordinary woman. Highly recommend.
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Mar 23, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Long before there was Christiane Amanpour, Arwa Damon, Marie Colvin, Christopher Hitchens, and Hunter Thompson’s Gonzo journalism, there was the Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci. In the 1950s she had broken through the mysogynistic newsrooms in Italy by writing about whatever she was assigned, and with great determination worked her way into reporting serious subjects of her own choosing. Fearless, aggressive and assertive, unrelenting and incapable of being deflected, she fought for and got as ...more
Nov 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oriana è sempre Oriana. Straordinaria come donna, come giornalista, inviata e scrittrice.
Fa parlare di se, sempre. Amata e idolo di molti, incubo per altri, rimane se stessa sempre nonostante tutto.
Ringrazio Cristina De Stefano per avermi dato l’opportunità di conoscere questa splendida persona sotto un aspetto diverso da come voleva apparire; francamente immaginavo che Oriana fosse così.
Una donna forte, ma con i suoi dolori e le sue paure.
Si, perché anche lei nonostante tutto
What a life. What a story. Compulsively readable. The brevity contains volumes. The author's respect and affection for her subject does not distort her view. Fallaci's faults are legion and they are well represented here. Fallaci's supposed Islamophobia is addressed directly. Her criticism of religious extremism knows no denominational bounds. She is adamantly antifascist, anti-theocratic, and pro-woman. And as a New Yorker in the 21st century she took 9/11 personally, seeing it as the culminati ...more
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was thrilled when I discovered there is a new translatuon of biography written on one of the greatest European/Italian journalists/reporters from my younger age. Oriana Fallaci was born in 1929 (the same year as my father) and also died at the same year as him, 2006. As a reporter she travelled and covered the most interesting events, wars, interviews. Her articles were very special, her questions at interviews were interesting, private, nosy, brave...even when she was interviewing people such ...more
Nov 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"I had seen them arrive: orderly, disciplined, regimented, a real flock that goes where those who command want it to go, those who promise, who frighten, it proceeds with closed eyes since there's no need to see the road, the road is a solid stream of fleece that will arrive at the square chosen by the power in charge..... long live whoever comes along, long live whoever is at the top of the mountain, never long live the poor bastards that die so that the sheep may become men and women."

I have n
Riccardo Mainetti
Oriana Fallaci vista dal buco della serratura
Inizio questa recensione al libro di Cristina de Stefano intitolato "Oriana - Una donna" parafrasando il titolo della rubrica che riuniva gli articoli che Oriana Fallaci inviavo all'Europeo dalla Mecca del Cinema e che fu il punto di partenza del suo primo libro "I sette peccati di Hollywood". La rubrica in questione si chiamava Hollywood dal buca della serratura.
In questa storia della vita della grande giornalista e scrittrice (o scrittore come lei
She was a tough journalist, a celebrity interviewer and a best-selling author. Think Christiane Amanpour meets Barbara Walters. When I was a young aspiring college journalist, she was one of the women I looked up to. I watched her to see how it was done. Oriana made her reputation as a war correspondent in Vietnam, but it was her hard-hitting interviews with world figures that made her famous. Henry Kissinger, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir, the Shah of Iran, and Lech Walesa. When I wrote for the Dai ...more
Stefania T.
Nov 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourite
Libri che ti cambiano i connotati.
Che estraggono dalle viscere un po' di tutto.
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Normalerweise lese ich keine Biographien, bei Oriana Fallaci musste ich aber eine Ausnahme machen. Oriana war eine faszinierende und teilweise widersprüchliche Frau, die ich besser verstehen wollte.

Als Cristina de Stefano vor ein paar Jahren von Fallacis Neffen beauftragt wurde, den Nachlass der Journalistin in einer Biographie zusammenzufassen, stand sie von einer unglaublich schwierigen Aufgabe. Erstens waren die Notizen, Briefe und veröffentliche Werke Orianas ziemlich umfangreich und dennoc
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A biography of a very accomplished journalist and later a writer.
She is fearless, and brilliant and not one to take no for an answer.
Her interviews with top world politicians left a high mark in her journalistic career.
She operated in mostly ‘man’s world’, but took no prisoners.
She was obsessive, and thorough, and proved to herself that her gender was no hinderance.

The author did an excellent job in portraying Oriana Fallaci at times tormented, as professional and whose interviews, and arti
Silvia Devitofrancesco
Jul 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: saggi
"Essere giornalista per me significa essere disubbidiente. Ed essere disubbidiente per me significa, tra l'altro, stare all'opposizione. Per stare all'opposizione bisogna dire la verità. E la verità è sempre il contrario di ciò che ci viene detto."

La giornalista Cristina De Stefano presenta un ritratto inedito della grande Oriana Fallaci. Giornalista, scrittrice e, soprattutto, donna. L'obbiettivo dell'opera è, difatti, presentare la Fallaci nel suo essere donna.

Il saggio si snoda in ordine cron
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-read
I didn't know anything of Oriana Fallaci before I won this book in a GoodReads giveaway. Now I sit here, having closed the cover, inspired by her gall, saddened by her losses, and encouraged to live life as she did: bravely. This is a woman we should all get to know, though we may never completely or truly understand her, because in the knowing we will gain more than mere facts. We gain (at least I hope), a bit of her shrewd mind to help us navigate the world we find ourselves in-a world I would ...more
Enrica Enrica
Apr 04, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: acquisti
Dalla lettura di questa biografia si esce abbastanza frastornati, anche perché per forse più di metà libro è Oriana che parla: attraverso frammenti di sue opere, interviste, lettere private, appunti personali, bozze inedite.

PS. Gongolo perché ci avevo preso in pieno dicendo che Lettera a un bambino mai nato è un libro sul dubbio!
Feb 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Una delle migliori biografie mai lette
Dec 05, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A functional account of Fallaci's life in a plodding translation. She seems to have been a fascinating person, even admirable, if not loveable. One of the authors of modern celebrity culture *and* an audacious war correspondent *and* one of the most challenging interviewers ever.
Interesting from an historical standpoint but starts to get to be a tad dull. I am wondering if this has to do with the quality of the translation.
georgia bookblast
Cristina de Stefano’s biography Oriana Fallaci had me gripped. What a trailblazer! What a life!

Reviewed on The BookBlast® Diary 2017
Oct 16, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
È una banale sintesi della vita della Fallaci. Non trasmette emozioni nè nuove informazioni. Un libro mediocre per una grande donna.
Jul 25, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How I wish I would have paid more attention to Oriana while she was alive. Quite an interesting firebrand.
Jun 05, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating woman with a remarkable life. This book does not do her justice. It’s basically a compilation of her quotes and a bit repetitive. A big disappointment.
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A fast paced biography of a very interesting person and journalist. It made me want to read Fallaci's work.
Clara Mazzi
Dec 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Non toccatemi Oriana!! E' così che ho iniziato questo libro, quasi con rabbia ("orianiana"): sarà di sicuro una schifezza. Oriana è così oltre che non la si può incorniciare, ringhiavo. Lei, poi, sicuramente non l'avrebbe voluto, ribattevo. E invece la De Stefano ha svolto un lavoro eccellente: dapprincipio stilistico, molto fedele a quello di Oriana; poi di accuratezza delle fonti e di grande rispetto nel divulgare una parte privata della Fallaci; infine ha saputo tenere un grande equilibrio tr ...more
Dec 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Damiana by: Riccardo
Non avevo mai letto niente della Fallaci. Ebbene, credo proprio di essere tra le poche persone che non ha mai letto uno scritto della Fallaci in vita sua. Questo splendido libro mi ha permesso di conoscerla e comprenderla appieno nelle sue mille sfaccettature. Complimenti all'autrice, che è riuscita nel lavoro, notevole e non sempre facile, di raccontarla nella sua complessità.
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