Truelove Knot: A Novel of World War II

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University of Notre Dame Press, 2007 - Fiction - 211 pages
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A recipient of the American Academy of Arts and Letters/Katherine Anne Porter Award for fiction in 2006, Arturo Vivante has been an acclaimed and beloved storyteller for over fifty years. Seventy of his short stories have appeared in The New Yorker. In his third and newest novel, TrueLove Knot, he artfully orchestrates a tale of first love during World War II. “Arturo Vivante is a present past master of the lyric line, a poet of romantic possibility. And in this gripping tale of love at first sight in wartime, he writes with force and grace. The young couple, their friends and families, the Atlantic Ocean that divides them, the war itself—all these are vividly described.” —Nicholas Delbanco, author of Spring and Fall and What Remains “Arturo Vivante's gifts as a writer—his gentle insight, his deep and passionate appreciation of the human drama—are thrillingly present in Truelove Knot. Here is a story of war in all its dangers, of young love in all its trust and hope: 'new, naked, like the world at the beginning.' Young Fabio's escape to freedom ranks with the greatest of suspense stories and wisdom illuminates every page.” —Merrill Joan Gerber, author of Glimmering Girls: A Novel of the Fifties and This is a Voice from Your Past "Admirers of Arturo Vivante's fiction have reason to rejoice in this eagerly-awaited new novel which shows Vivante at the top of his form, with his characteristic exquisite prose and masterful story telling. . . . Truelove Knot is a vivid record of a part of World War II which has rarely been documented. It's a novel of suspense and surprises, but it is also a hauntingly beautiful tribute to the enduring power of love." —Corinne Demas, author of What We Save For Last and Eleven Stories High: Growing Up In Stuyvesant Town, 1948–1968

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A student in the Italian countryside at the outset of the fascist regime, the passionate young Fabio Diodati, appalled at the thought of becoming "indistinguishable," quickly develops a deep ... Read full review


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Arturo Vivante grew up in Italy, England, and Canada. He left a medical practice in the mid-1950s when his short stories began to be published. He has published two novels, five short-story collections, essays, translations, plays, and a book of poetry. His Solitude and Other Stories (University of Notre Dame Press, 2004) won the Richard Sullivan Prize in Short Fiction. He lives in Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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