Elsa Morante

Elsa Morante was an Italian novelist and poet, known for her significant contributions to 20th-century Italian literature. Her notable works include 'La Storia' and 'L'isola di Arturo,' which have been translated into multiple languages and have received critical acclaim.


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  1. 1. History

    "History" is a novel set in Rome during World War II and the post-war period, focusing on the life of a widowed schoolteacher and her young son. The narrative explores the struggles of the impoverished family against the backdrop of war, including the Nazi occupation of Rome, the Allied bombing, and the rise of Fascism. The book also delves into the themes of love, loss, and survival, offering a poignant depiction of the human condition.

    The 938th Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. Arturo's Island

    This novel unfolds on a remote island in the Gulf of Naples, where the young protagonist, Arturo, lives a solitary life steeped in the wild beauty of his surroundings. His existence is dramatically transformed with the arrival of his father's new wife, igniting a complex web of emotions and a tumultuous journey of self-discovery. Through Arturo's eyes, the narrative explores themes of isolation, the search for identity, and the painful awakening to the realities of adulthood, set against the backdrop of a rugged island landscape that mirrors the turbulent inner world of its inhabitants. The story is a poignant exploration of the bonds that tie us to our families and the inevitable loss of innocence, rendered with a lyrical intensity that captures the essence of youth and the stark beauty of the natural world.

    The 3226th Greatest Book of All Time