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Aracoeli—Elsa Morante’s final novel—is the story of an aging man's attempt to recover the past and get his life on track in the process. The Aracoeli of the title is the narrator's deceased mother, who grew up in a small Spanish town before marrying an upper-class Italian navy ensign. The idyllic years she spends with her only son—Manuel, the narrator of the novel—are shat ...more
Paperback, 311 pages
Published July 15th 2009 by Open Letter (first published 1982)
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Ma voi ci pensate che potreste morire domani senza aver letto tutte le opere della Morante? Io, sì.

Straziante, morboso e con una prosa densissima. Esattamente tutto quello che cerco nella letteratura. Splendido!!
Audra (Unabridged Chick)
I'm torn about how to review this book; as the other reviews have said, it's an incredibly well written book with very distinct characters. Unfortunately, I just loathed Emanuel, the 'hero' of this novel. In many ways I was reminded of Doris Lessing's "Children of Violence" series -- Martha Quest is a tough character for me to like but she's a true figure, acting within the constructs of her world, and Emanuel does as well. The world he lives in is absent of love, that driving force of so many o ...more

L'ultimo romanzo di Elsa Morante, è pervaso da temi quali il fascino della bellezza, la brama di felicità, l'incanto di luoghi e situazioni dai contorni magici, l'attrattiva della leggenda, l'aspirazione agli atteggiamenti eroici, già presenti fin da "Menzogna e sortilegio" e "L'isola di Arturo".

Aracoeli è il nome di una bella ragazza andalusa congiuntasi (siamo negli anni '30) con Eugenio, un ufficiale della marina italiana di nobile famiglia piemontese, la cui famiglia non approva la relazione
Aug 24, 2009 Veronica marked it as tried-to-read-but-failed
This novel is very detailed in its writing and description of people and places...thus it moved too slow for me. I hope that perhaps I'll find a time when I can take my time with the story. I had high hopes for the book, but my hectic life and need to read things quickly submarined those hopes.
Paolo Rinco
storia di una 'solitudine' dolorosa!!!...splendido!
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DISCLAIMER: I am the publisher of the book and thus spent approximately two years reading and editing and working on it. So take my review with a grain of salt, or the understanding that I am deeply invested in this text and know it quite well. Also, I would really appreciate it if you would purchase this book, since it would benefit Open Letter directly.
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Elsa married the novelist Alberto Moravia in 1941, and through him she met many of the leading Italian thinkers and writers of the day.

Morante began writing short stories which appeared in various publications and periodicals, including periodicals for children, in the 1930s. Her first book was a collection of some of the stories, Il Gioco Segreto, published in 1941. It was followed in 1942 by a c
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