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Elsa Morante (1912–1985)

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About the Author

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 mostrar mais 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. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por Elsa Morante

History (1974) 1,381 exemplares
Arturo's Island (1957) 784 exemplares
Aracoeli (1982) 279 exemplares
House of Liars (1961) 198 exemplares
Lo scialle andaluso (1963) 101 exemplares
Lies and Sorcery (1948) 87 exemplares
La Storia, tome 1 (1974) 27 exemplares
L'opera completa dell'Angelico (1970) 24 exemplares
La Storia, tome 2 (1974) 22 exemplares
Opere (1988) 21 exemplares
Diario 1938 (1989) 14 exemplares
Alibi (1988) 11 exemplares
Opere (1990) 9 exemplares
Aneddoti infantili (2013) 9 exemplares
Racconti dimenticati (2002) 7 exemplares
La Storia - Aracoeli (1989) 4 exemplares
Il Gioco Segreto 2 exemplares
Le Châle andalou 1 exemplar
Arturův ostrov 1 exemplar
Varka i čarolija 1 exemplar
Andaluzijski šal (1989) 1 exemplar
Ημερολόγιο 1938 (1994) 1 exemplar
Tarih Devam Ediyor 1 exemplar
La littérature américaine — Autor — 1 exemplar
La serata a Colono (2014) 1 exemplar
Catullo e Lesbia (2013) 1 exemplar
Morante Elsa 1 exemplar
Sem título (1987) 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Penguin Book of International Gay Writing (1995) — Contribuidor — 177 exemplares
The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories (2019) — Artista da capa — 139 exemplares
Open city : seven writers in postwar Rome (1999) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
New Italian Women: A Collection of Short Fiction (1989) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Relatos italianos del Siglo XX (1974) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

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Local de nascimento
Rome, Italy
Local de falecimento
Rome, Italy
short story writer
Gehuwd geweest met Alberto Moravia (1941-1962) officieel nooit gescheiden.
Prémios e menções honrosas
Premio Brancati (1968)



A phenomenal piece of Italian literature, Morante's prose, character development, and style overflow with depth and beauty.
BALE | Feb 26, 2024 |
5. Arturo's Island by Elsa Morante
Translation: from Italian by Ann Goldstein (2019)
OPD: 1957
format: 370-page paperback
acquired: April 2023 read: Jan 14-28 time reading: 14:12, 2.3 mpp
rating: 4
genre/style: novel theme: TBR
locations: Procida, an island in the Bay of Naples. I think ~1912.
about the author: Italian novelist, poet, translator, and children's books author was born in and lived most of her lived in Rome, 1912-1985.

I'm a little disappointed in myself as a reader. This is a beautiful book, but I never settled down into it. I was constantly impatient.

Arturo grows up on Procida, an island in the Bay of Naples, alone. His teenage mother died in childbirth, and his German-born father only visits briefly, leaving him alone for months at time. As a baby and younger child he was cared for by a young man, Silvestro. But Silvestro has left to join the army, and Arturo, now 14, lives only with his dog in an old large house, fed by a man he never really sees. Uneducated, except by Silvestro and the old books in the house, which he devours, and the example of his absent father, his real education comes as he roams the island and its beaches freely, accompanied by his dog, sometimes taking his rowboat. His own Virgilian Eden.

The untethered Arturo, bound only by his island, has a rough transition into puberty as his father marries a 16-yr-old uneducated Neapolitan girl, and leaves her in the house with Arturo. Even as Arturo hates the ugly common girl his father refuses to love, he comes to admire her willful insistence of her own view of the world, and her religious devotion to many different Mary's. He finds love in a swirl of conflicting emotions around sex, disappointment in his impossible ideals, and his longing to be loved as a mother loves.

Maybe this could called forlorn in paradise. It takes a while before Arturo casts himself out of his Eden, and into WWII. (note: I had to look up which war this was. I closed the book thinking it was WWI.)

This book has a feel similar to Elena Ferrante's Neapolitan Quartet. The translator is the same (this is a 2019 translation). And Ferrante is quoted on the front and back cover. Both books work partially on atmospheric and interpersonal unspoken emotional swings.

His paradise:
Some evenings, after dinner, drawn by the cool outside air, I stretched out on the doorstep, or on the ground in the yard. The night, which, down below an hour before had seemed to be so fierce, here, a step from the lighted French door, became familiar again. Now if I looked at the sky, it was a great ocean, scattered with countless islands, and, sharpening my gaze, I saw among the stars, those whose names I knew: Arturo, first of all of others, and then the Bears, Mars, the Pleiades, Castor and Pollux, Cassiopeia… I had always regretted that in modern times there was no longer on earth some forbidden limit, like the Pillars of Hercules for the ancients, because I would’ve liked to be the first to go beyond it, challenging the ban with my audacity; in the same way, now, looking at the starry sky, I envied the future pioneers who would be able to reach the stars.

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dchaikin | 19 outras críticas | Jan 30, 2024 |
מצויין. מדכדך.
b.b.michael | 27 outras críticas | Jan 29, 2024 |
Io e L’isola di Arturo non abbiamo iniziato con il piede giusto: Arturo mi è rimasto fin da subito antipaticissimo, per non parlare di suo padre, nonostante mi fosse raccontato attraverso gli occhi ammirati del figlio, che lo vede come una divinità. Lo so, magari è un’ottima rappresentazione del rapporto padre-figlio, ma a me ha fatto venire il latte alle ginocchia.

Non è riuscita ad allietare la lettura nemmeno la bellissima prosa di Morante, che è riuscita a dare al suo romanzo un piglio decisamente mitico e atemporale, nonostante le vicende si svolgano a Procida qualche tempo dopo la fine della prima guerra mondiale.

Il mio interesse è stato risvegliato dal personaggio di Nunziatella, nuova moglie del padre di Arturo. I Gerace la ritengono solo una stupida sempliciotta e non fanno altro che ribadire il concetto in lungo e in largo, ma Nunziatella è il personaggio più forte e coraggioso del romanzo, quella alla quale assocerò L’isola di Arturo, anche se dovrei ricordarmi dell’eroe-ragazzo e bla-bla-bla.

Ma francamente? Quanto può essere interessante un eroe-ragazzo immaturo che adora un padre-dio stronzo finché non si accorge di aver mal riposto la sua fede in confronto a una semplice donna che, nonostante sia incastrata con un uomo che ha sposato controvoglia e solo per compiacere la madre, affronta la vita cercando di donare affetto e di aiutare come può, oltre ad avere il coraggio di ammettere e cercare di rimediare ai suoi errori. Invece di sminuirla, i Gerace dovrebbero prendere esempio da lei…
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lasiepedimore | 19 outras críticas | Jan 12, 2024 |



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