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The girl on the Via Flaminia

Author: Alfred Hayes
Publisher: UK : Penguin Books, 2018. ©1949
Series: Penguin modern classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Rome, December 1944. The city has been liberated by the Allies, but no one feels like celebrating. A bitter wind blows down Via Flaminia, where Signora Adela Pulcini keeps her boarding house and discreetly finds Italian girls for lonely American soldiers. Robert is one such soldier; Lisa is the girl procured to keep him company in return for food and shelter. But the simple exchange doesn't go to plan, as Robert and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Novels
Fiction
Romance fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Hayes, Alfred, 1911-1985.
Girl on the Via Flaminia.
London : Penguin Books, 2018
(OCoLC)1052407914
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Alfred Hayes
ISBN: 9780241342329 0241342325
OCLC Number: 1022077431
Description: 151 pages ; 20 cm.
Series Title: Penguin modern classics.
Responsibility: Alfred Hayes.

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Rome, December 1944. The city has been liberated by the Allies, but no one feels like celebrating. A bitter wind blows down Via Flaminia, where Signora Adela Pulcini keeps her boarding house and discreetly finds Italian girls for lonely American soldiers. Robert is one such soldier; Lisa is the girl procured to keep him company in return for food and shelter. But the simple exchange doesn't go to plan, as Robert and Lisa find themselves tangled in a dark, mutually destructive affair. Exposing the fault-lines between men and women, the old and new worlds, and victor and vanquished, Hayes's spare, taut novel is an incisive portrayal of sexual economics and the dark side of love.

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Hayes balances a bitter depiction of an unforgiving world with sympathy for the sad evasive manoeuvres of the human psyche... His novels perfectly capture the texture of midcentury American life ... Read more...

 
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