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Family name: Simaroubaceae.
Species: Ailanthus altissima.
Commonly known as the Tree of Heaven, it is native to China but widespread in Europe. It has an erect stem and a branched crown with bright green oval leaves and clusters of yellow-green flowers.
Laura Bosio's observant and impartial account gives us an insight into the formative years of a girl who began her fourth year of secondary school when "everything outside was in turmoil", when not only the children of the demographic boom of the 1950s and 1960s had access to education but also the masses, the young professors were talking about the Beat Generation and listening to free radio".
Laura Bosio lives in Milan. She has published, among other works, I dimenticati (Feltrinelli 1993, Premio Bagutta Opera prima), Annunciazione (Mondadori 1997, Premio Moravia; new edition Longanesi 2008); Le ali ai piedi (Mondadori 2002), Le stagioni dell'acqua (Longanesi 2007, Finalist for Premio Strega), D'amore e di ragione. Donne e spiritualità (Laterza 2012), La casa degli uccelli (with Bruno Nacci, Guanda 2020). Since 2015, she has been in charge of the Penny Wirton School of Italian for Migrants in Milan. She has written about this experience in Una scuola senza muri (Enrico Damiani Editore, 2019).
Release date: 2021
Dimensions: cm 14 x 19