Monday, August 10, 2009

Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante

I confess: I didn't know who Elsa Morante was until Lily Tuck's biography, Woman of Rome: A Life of Elsa Morante, appeared on our list last year in hardcover. Since then, I've made up for my transgression--reading Woman of Rome and Morante's novel Arturo's Island.

Half Jewish, Morante fled Rome with her husband, the celebrated writer Alberto Moravia, during the Nazi occupation and lived in a remote hill village in southern Italy. After the war, she published a series of prize-winning novels—House of Liars (1946), the lyrical and luminous Arturo's Island (1957), and History (1974)—which firmly established her place in the Italian literary pantheon.

Woman of Rome is now in paperback. If you'd like to consider it for a course, please order an examination copy.

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