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War in Val d'Orcia : an Italian war diary, 1943-1944

Author: Iris Origo; Virginia Nicholson
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, [2018]
Series: New York Review Books classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"At the height of the Second World War, Italy was being torn apart by German armies, civil war, and the eventual Allied invasion. In a corner of Tuscany, one woman--born in England, married to an Italian--kept a record of daily life in a country at war. Iris Origo's compellingly powerful diary, War in Val d'Orcia, is the spare and vivid account of what happened when a peaceful farming valley became a battleground.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Diaries
History
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, English
Named Person: Iris Origo; Iris Origo
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iris Origo; Virginia Nicholson
ISBN: 9781681372662 1681372665
OCLC Number: 1013521976
Description: 314 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm.
Series Title: New York Review Books classics.
Responsibility: Iris Origo ; introduction by Virginia Nicholson.

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"At the height of the Second World War, Italy was being torn apart by German armies, civil war, and the eventual Allied invasion. In a corner of Tuscany, one woman--born in England, married to an Italian--kept a record of daily life in a country at war. Iris Origo's compellingly powerful diary, War in Val d'Orcia, is the spare and vivid account of what happened when a peaceful farming valley became a battleground. At great personal risk, the Origos gave food and shelter to partisans, deserters, and refugees. They took in evacuees, and as the front drew closer they faced the knowledge that the lives of thirty-two small children depended on them. Origo writes with sensitivity and generosity, and a story emerges of human acts of heroism and compassion, and the devastation that war can bring"--

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