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Title: Portrait : Gwann Mamo
Authors: Friggieri, Oliver
Keywords: Mamo, Gwann, 1878-1935 -- Biography
Mamo, Gwann, 1886-1941 -- Criticism and interpretation
Mamo, Gwann, 1886-1941. Ulied in-Nanna Venut fl-Amerka
Issue Date: 1986
Publisher: Gulf Publishing Ltd.
Citation: Friggieri, O. (1986). Portrait : Gwann Mamo. Civilization, 28, 761-762.
Abstract: Gwann Mamo (1886 - 1941), born at Luqa, exploits to the full his immediate environment and falls in love with it even when he criticizes its deficiencies. As a literary writer, however, he succeeds in transcending the limits of direct observation in order to gain wider relevance, and possibly to transform a social enquiry into a parable of the perennial Maltese condition . It can be said that his only literary work, Ulied in-Nanna Venut fl-Amerka (1930), is unique in the whole of Maltese narrative tradition . He has the courage to look at contemporary society in the face, pointing out its serious shortcomings and indicating a positive solution. It was the social condition of his times which made him write the novel, the endproduct of long years of critical observation . It stems from a profound anxiety in favour of the workers and from his desire to make them conscious of their basic rights and central role in society.
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