Fausta Cialente (1898-1994) was born in Cagliari. Her debut novel Natalia was  first published in 1930, when it won the Premio dei Dieci. However, Fascist censorship prevented the book from reaching a wide readership; officials in Mussolini’s government ordered the author to edit out sections of the book – including what Cialente referred to as a ‘small lesbian episode’ – but she refused. After her marriage, Cialente moved to Alexandria, Egypt but kept in contact with the Italian Resistance and spoke out against the fascists on Radio Cairo.
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