History: a novel

Book Cover
Average Rating
Publisher:
Steerforth Italia,
Pub. Date:
©2000.
Language:
English
Description
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 treats the war as his playground. A German soldier on his way to North Africa rapes her, falls in love with her, and leaves her pregnant with a boy whose survival becomes Ida's passion. Around these two other characters come and go, each caught up by the war which is like a river in flood. We catch glimpses of bombing raids, street crimes, a cattle car from which human cries emerge, an Italian soldier succumbing to frostbite on the Russian front, the dumb endurance of peasants who have lived their whole lives with nothing and now must get by with less than nothing.
More Details
ISBN:
9781586420048
Also in this Series
More Like This
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID 2356295a-b85a-6665-21cf-3d8ddce767d7
full_title history
author morante elsa
grouping_category book
lastUpdate 2017-09-26 04:59:41AM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_interest_level
accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Weaver, William, 1923-2013.
author Morante, Elsa, approximately 1912-1985.
author2-role Weaver, William,1923-2013.
author_display Morante, Elsa
available_at_arlington Aurora Hills
collection_arlington Adult Fiction
detailed_location_arlington Aurora Hills Adult Fiction
display_description "History was written nearly three decades after Elsa Morante spent a year hiding from the Germans in 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 treats the war as his playground. A German soldier on his way to North Africa rapes her and leaves her pregnant with a boy whose survival becomes Ida's passion, and her source of joy and meaning amid universal catastrophe."--Jacket.
format_arlington Book
format_category_arlington Books
id 2356295a-b85a-6665-21cf-3d8ddce767d7
isbn 9781586420048
item_details ils:.b13220263|.i21269798|Aurora Hills Adult Fiction|F MORAN|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf|Sep 25, 2017|aaf||
itype_arlington Paperback
lexile_score -1
literary_form Fiction
literary_form_full Fiction
local_callnumber_arlington F MORAN
local_time_since_added_arlington Six Months, Year
owning_library_arlington Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover
owning_location_arlington Aurora Hills
primary_isbn 9781586420048
publishDate 2000
record_details ils:.b13220263|Book|Books|Steerforth Press ed.|English|Steerforth Italia,|©2000.|xvii, 740 pages ; 22 cm.
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_arlington ils:.b13220263|.i21269798|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true|999|||
subject_facet World War, 1939-1945 -- Fiction
title_display History : a novel
title_full History : a novel / Elsa Morante ; translated from the Italian by William Weaver
title_short History :
title_sub a novel