History: A Novel

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New York : Knopf, 1977 - Fiction - 561 pages
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The cramped and squalid slums of wartime Rome witness and harbor the struggles of a desperately poor, ill-educated, half-Jewish widow, her uncontrollable, charming, delinquent older son, and the precocious, frail, and vulnerable child fathered on her by a

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the best book about war I've ever read and just generally very beautiful. Ferrante has more to say about the strangeness of the stars in a paragraph on page 500-something than a lot of authors do ... Read full review

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http://nwhyte.livejournal.com/2514718.html I think this is one of the best novels I've read about the second world war and its aftermath - the life of a child in Rome in the 1940s, conceived in ... Read full review

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Prolific and highly successful, Elsa Morante distinguished herself as a novelist, short story writer, and poet. The Marxist critic Gyorgy Lukacs hailed Morante's early House of the Liars (1948) as "the greatest modern Italian novel," but it was Arthur's Island (1957) that brought her international fame and an independent income. Her great financial triumph was, however, History (1974), which was the first Italian novel to be marketed with high-pressure promotional advertising, making use of publisher, mass media, and political party resources to push sales up to 600,000 copies in less than six months. Morante married Alberto Moravia in 1941, and they separated in 1962.

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