Arturo's Island: A Novel

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Steerforth Italia, 2002 - Fiction - 351 pages
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ON A SMALL ISLAND in the Tyrrhenian Sea there lives a boy as innocent as a seabird. Arturo's mother is dead; his father away. Black-clad women care for him, give him the freedom to come and go as he likes. Then the father returns with a new wife, Nunziata, a girl barely older than Arturo. At first hatred and contempt are all the boy feels for his stepmother. In time, Arturo and Nunziata re-create the tragedy and passion that are as old as the history of men and women.

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Arturo's Island : A Novel (Italia Series)

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Morante's 1957 novel tells the story of Arturo, an Italian boy who lives alone on his father's island where he is cared for by a staff of black-clad women. When the boy reaches his early teens, his ... Read full review


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Arturo's Island is the second of ELSA MORANTE'S four novels. Her renowned novel about World War II, History, is also available from Steerforth.

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