Thirty years ago, Elsa Morante seemed to many American writers and critics a major novelist. She had recently become famous with the publication of History: A Novel , a notoriously vast and tumultuous work, and yet clearly one of the most compelling accounts of the Second World War to come out of Europe. American and British editions of her books came festooned with the praise of her peers, and she was often grouped with other leading Italian writers of the war and post-war period. The recent biography by Lily Tuck—the first devoted to Morante in any language—studies her affiliations and makes clear that she was always, in her own country, an embattled figure, and it comes as little surprise to learn that the writer who could be savage in her responses to the work of her own closest friends might also find her own work subjected to savage attack, even by a confidante and admirer like the writer-filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini. A volatile and notoriously unpredictable character, subject to infatuations and bitter resentments of the sort she anatomized in her fiction, Morante produced novels marked by ambivalences fiercely, even desperately evoked.
|Country:||Antigua & Barbuda|
|Published (Last):||13 September 2007|
|PDF File Size:||13.70 Mb|
|ePub File Size:||14.89 Mb|
|Price:||Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]|
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Want to Read saving…. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Other editions. Enlarge cover. Error rating book. Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem?
Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Preview — Aracoeli by Elsa Morante. Aracoeli by Elsa Morante ,. William Weaver Translator. 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 shattered when she contracts an incurable disease probably syphilis and becomes a nymphomaniac. Now, at the age of 43, Manuel, an unattractive, self-loathing, recovering drug addict who works a dead-end job at a small publishing house, decides to travel to her hometown in Spain in order to look for her. Filled with dreams and remembrances the novel creates a Sebaldian landscape of memory out of this painful journey, painting a portrait that is both touching and bleak.
Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published July 15th by Open Letter first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Aracoeli , please sign up. Is it available in English?
Bill Yes, through Open Letter publisher. See 1 question about Aracoeli…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Aracoeli. Ma voi ci pensate che potreste morire domani senza aver letto tutte le opere della Morante? Straziante, morboso e con una prosa densissima. Esattamente tutto quello che cerco nella letteratura.
View all 3 comments. Aug 20, 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 I've incurred enough in library fines to buy this book, that's how long it's took me to finish. If I was being uncharitable I'd call this the world's worst travelogue: a disturbed middle aged man who is uncomfortable traveling and prefers not to see things too clearly embarks on a trek to an arid and isolated Spanish village in search of his dead mother but spends most of the time talking about his unhappy childhood in Rome!
More charitably it's a coming of age story distorted by a mother's mental illness. Although this one is for the Morante completists it definitely has moments which match the brilliance of her other books available in English Arturo's Island and History.
One strange thing is that Morante's heroines always seem like victims of circumstance. They're all childlike. Morante herself, from what I've read, was the polar opposite. Is it cautionary: "Ladies, don't fall into this trap! View 2 comments. Scrittura divina, ma questo si sapeva. Poco dopo Aracoeli muore di cancro al cervello e il marito viene vinto dall'alcoolismo. La ricerca si rivela vana e determina in Manuele sdegno e rancore verso la madre.
Questo romanzo ha trovato non pochi ammiratori, ma personalmente lo chiudo perplessa, scontenta e un po' annoiata. Dec 28, Audra Unabridged Chick rated it liked it. 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 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. The world he lives in is absent of love, that driving force of so many other novels, and I couldn't decide if I wanted to root for him or throw the book aside. In the end, I finished it, still uncertain of my opinion.
But now, a week later, it still sticks with me. Tremendamente pesante. La grammatica e la prosa sono molto complesse, anche facenti parte di una scuola ormai passata. Certamente no. Questione di stile, evidentemente. Per cui, se da un punto tecnico valuto bene questo libro, da un punto soggettivo, esteticamente e non, mi ha lasciato indifferente; annoiato, aggiungerei. Non ci sono punti fermi concreti, di facile individuazione. Per quanto ben caratterizzati che siano, ho continuato a provare una tetra, aprioristicamente inopinabile indifferenza nei confronti di ciascuno dei personaggi narrati, in particolar modo per Emanuele e per Aracoeli stessa.
Ma non un dannatissimo libro intero senza che ci sia un minimo di sottile ironia. A livello pratico invece non va bene.
Non a me. Questo ha rappresentato un ostacolo ulteriore all'approdo all'ultima pagina. Dec 04, Simona added it. Potrebbe essere riassunto con un viaggio questo ultimo romanzo di Elsa Morante pubblicato nel che si concentra sul rapporto tra madri e figli. Noi lettori viaggiamo con lui nella sua storia, nel rapporto turbolento e difficile con se stesso. Un percorso che lo porta, non solo nelle viscere della terra materna, ma anche dentro se stesso fino all'indissolubile fine. Manuele Penati, quarantatreenne, rievoca la sua infanzia, negli anni '30, e specialmente il rapporto di amore e odio con la madre, la spagnola Aracoeli.
L'ultimo romanzo di Elsa Manuele Penati, quarantatreenne, rievoca la sua infanzia, negli anni '30, e specialmente il rapporto di amore e odio con la madre, la spagnola Aracoeli. Apr 13, Chad Post added 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. Jul 15, Veronica marked it as tried-to-read-but-failed. This novel is very detailed in its writing and description of people and places 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. Oct 03, Paolo Rinco rated it it was amazing. Un final sorprendente e inesperado. Oct 05, Shahar rated it liked it. But although i love Morente and although this book continues with me after its end , something in it felt a miss. Dec 31, Tim Parks rated it it was amazing. Brilliant, if frequently distressing.
Introduction to Elsa Morante's Aracoeli
On rereading it, I still found it disturbing and shocking, but I have also grown to admire it—perhaps because it is so dark and resists any attempt to classify it. In writing this novel, Morante may have knowingly sacrificed clarity and logic in order to express her vision of a chaotic world. 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 shattered when she contracts an incurable disease probably syphilis and becomes a nymphomaniac. Now, at the age of 43, Manuel, an unattractive, self-loathing, recovering drug addict who works a dead-end job at a small publishing house, decides to travel to her hometown in Spain in order to look for her.
The Power of Disturbance: Elsa Morante's 'Aracoeli'