"there is a certain anxiety about fiction in Italy"
'IL DUCE' mosaic on pavement in Rome
Creative Commons Attribution'IL DUCE' mosaic on pavement in Rome - Credit: Anthony M., Flickr

When A Room of One's Own was published in 1928, Italy was under the control of Benito Mussolini(Il Duce) and his National Fascist Party.

One aspect of the regime was the attempt to censor any material in the press, the cinema, or literary publications, which was felt to be in opposition to the 'party line'.

In the literary field, there was suppression of the work of foreign authors (such as Erich Maria Remarque); Italian authors in exile (such as Gaetano Salvemini); and Italian authors living in Italy (such as Alberto Moravia).