At the center of this novel, the first written by Margaret Mazzantini, there is the dramatic existence of a coherent and volitional woman, who always manages to preserve with courage and tenacious inner independence of her. And her Antenora, heroin of an archaic world, in which she, despite confined within the walls, she exercises an energetic and undisputed matriarchy. Net and simple values, strong and exclusive feelings of her will make it able to face dictatorships, wars, and difficult reconstruction, without ever getting lost in mind. Faced with her death, a woman of another generation, her grandson, dashes a superb and evocative portrait. An intense novel built around a woman able to always be herself despite the hostility of the world and history.