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History : a novel

Author: Elsa Morante; William Weaver
Publisher: New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1977.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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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  Read more...
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Genre/Form: War stories
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Morante, Elsa, approximately 1912-1985.
History.
New York : Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1977
(OCoLC)557575205
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Elsa Morante; William Weaver
ISBN: 039449802X 9780394498027
OCLC Number: 2508323
Language Note: Translation of La storia.
Description: ix, 561 pages ; 25 cm
Other Titles: Storia.
Responsibility: Elsa Morante ; translated from the Italian by William Weaver.

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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.

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