Recommended by David Grossman, and 1 others. See all reviews

Ranked #37 in Italian, Ranked #72 in Italy

History was written nearly thirty years after Elsa Morante and Alberto Moravia spent a year in hiding among remote farming villages in the mountains south of Rome. There she witnessed the full impact of the war and first formed the ambition to write an account of what history - the great political events driven by men of power, wealth, and ambition - does when it reaches the realm of ordinary people struggling for life and bread.

The central character in this powerful and unforgiving novel is Ida Mancuso, a schoolteacher whose husband has died and whose feckless teenage son...

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David Grossman Morante opposes the anonymity of war—the war of masses, states, armies, troops and she commits us to the individual (Source)

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