Italians Pay Tribute to Novelist Who Spoke Out Till the End

From a New York Times obit by Elisabetta Povoledo headlined “Italians Pay Tribute to Novelist and Activist Who Spoke Out Till the End”:

Since bursting onto the scene nearly two decades ago with her first novel about her experience working in a call center, a novel that later inspired a popular film, Michela Murgia had become a public persona — and a lightning rod for political debate in Italy.

A novelist, intellectual and civil rights campaigner, she was an outspoken critic of the country’s rightward shift at a time when its left-wing parties appeared to have lost their voice, and a feminist and civil rights champion urging acceptance of nontraditional family configurations in a nation in which the governing parties have promoted a more conservative vision.