Nuoro: Athens of Sardinia
“Nuoro è chiamata scherzosamente, dai giovani artisti sardi, l’Atene della Sardegna. Infatti, relativamente, è il paese più colto e battagliero dell’isola. Abbiamo artisti e poeti, scrittori ed eruditi, giovani forti e gentili, taluni dei quali fanno onore alla Sardegna e sono avviati anche verso una relativa celebrità.”
(Grazia Deledda, Tradizioni popolari di Nuoro, 1894)
Nuoro is placed at the foot of Monte Ortobene in the centre of Sardinia. The city is known among the locals as Nùgoro.
In the nineteenth century Nùgoro was defined Athens of Sardinia because of the intellectual activity due to social unrest that led to Su Connottu: the riot against Editto delle Chiudende, a law which replaced the traditional system of communal land into private ownership.
Grazia Deledda and other intellectuals and artists, such as Francesco Ciusa, Sebastiano Satta, Antonio Ballero, Pasquale Dessanay, became famous throughout Italy and Europe because of their works.
In 1921 David Herbert Lawrence visited Nùgoro to know the scenes where Grazia Deledda set her romances and in 1926 he wrote the preface of the English translation of her book “La madre”.
In 1926 Grazia Deledda received the Nobel Prize in Literature and was officially acclaimed as contemporary author in the world.
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