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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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Bruno
Apr 27, 2015 Bruno rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites, italiana
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!!
Aloke
Aug 20, 2015 Aloke rated it liked it
Shelves: italy, borrowed, fiction
I've incurred enough in library fines to buy this book, that's how long it's took me to finish. And sadly I didn't even really like it. I think this probably means I'm hopelessly in love with Elsa Morante or more likely I just have an unhealthy obsession. That's fitting of course for a book about a son's somewhat unhealthy obsession for his mother. In his defense he was probably going to be unhealthy anyways (I fall in the nature trumps nurture camp).

If I was being uncharitable I'd call this th
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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
Cruna
Oct 03, 2012 Cruna rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition


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
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gianluca
Nov 20, 2016 gianluca rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Ma certi individui sono più inclini a piangere d'amore, che di morte". Ricorderò per molto tempo queste parole di Manuele, la cui voce accompagna ininterrotta questo romanzo durissimo (in senso buono), struggente, a tratti tremendo, meraviglioso come tutte le cose malinconiche. Scrittura divina, ma questo si sapeva.
Veronica
Jul 15, 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
Oct 03, 2012 Paolo Rinco rated it it was amazing
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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