Maria Grazia Deledda is no doubt Sardinia’s best known writer, but few know that most of her education was self taught as she finished her studies at primary school as was the custom (for women in particular) in those days. What moved her was a passion for Sardinian tradition and all that concerned the social and political issues of her much loved land. She was born in Nuoro from a wealthy family (her father was a landowner and mayor of the town) but her youth was characterised by a series of unhappy events; the deaths of two sisters, of her father and the imprisonment of a brother. All this sadness created in her an acute perception of pain and love which she managed to transmit superbly in her novels.
An avid reader and a social activist, Maria Grazia Deledda’s disposition was quite atypical in the Nuoro of that time, her first trip to Cagliari in 1899 enlightened her, she stayed with Maria Manca who was the editor of a magazine , “la donna sarda” (the Sardinian woman) in Cagliari. The city changed her life dramatically and opened a new world, here in fact she met her husband with whom she moved to Rome which allowed her talent and passion “to blossom”. After moving to Rome, the author’s visits to Nuoro became increasingly rarer, but one mustn’t forget that Maria Grazia Deledda lived in her native house until her marriage ( in 1900) which is therefore full of “pieces” of her life. The house is open to the public and is a building of the 1870s, sold to the town of Nuoro in 1913 and declared a National Monument. Luckily, it has remained practically identical. Inside, the ground floor is the perfect example of the housing of shepherds and farmersof the period, whereas upstairs there is an infinite documentation on the life of the writer. As well as the many manuscripts, there are also photographs and personal possessions that are undoubtedly very evocative.
Another place worth visiting is the “chiesetta della Solitudine” a small church where Maria Grazia Deledda was buried and the “rione di santu Predu” where, as a girl she would go for her walks; all places that give a feel of this extraordinary woman and making her in may ways come to life.
Real lovers or those who have read “Canne al Vento”, probably her most famous book, can venture to Galtellì only half an hour from Nuoro and very close to Dorgali. The small village was the setting of the book and here is the “parco letterario Deledda” a literary park full of itineraries and routes that are also very evocative. For those who decide to spend a weekend in this area in order to make the most of its charm, there are some excellent holiday farms in Oliena.
Museo casa Maria Grazia Deledda
Opening times: From 01 October to the 31 st May: everyday, including holidays, except Mondays,
from 10 to 13 and from 15 to 17.00
From 01 June to 30th September: every day, including holidays, from 09 to 20.00
Parco letterario Deledda