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Aracoeli
     

Aracoeli

by Elsa Morante, William Weaver (Translator)
 

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At the age of 43, Manuel, an unattractive, self-loathing, recovering drug addict who works a dead-end job at a small publishing house, travels to his mother's hometown in Spain to understand why she suddenly became a nymphomaniac and died. Filled with dreams and remembrances the novel creates a Sebaldian landscape of memory out of this painful journey.

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At the age of 43, Manuel, an unattractive, self-loathing, recovering drug addict who works a dead-end job at a small publishing house, travels to his mother's hometown in Spain to understand why she suddenly became a nymphomaniac and died. Filled with dreams and remembrances the novel creates a Sebaldian landscape of memory out of this painful journey.

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"...Aracoeli certainly deserves to be recognized as a great work of existential literature, alongside Rainer Maria Rilke's The Notebooks of Malte Laurid's Brigge. ... Morante writes gorgeously of the disintegration and destruction of the body and mind. Although the path she takes is dark, the unraveling is ecstatic."—Kate Zambreno, Believer

"The bond between a mother and son is like no other. "Aracoeli" is the story of Manuel, a man who seems to have nothing to live for. In his mid-life crisis, he returns to his mother's hometown to try to piece together her life to gain some semblance of closure about a bond that was lost. Hoping to get his own life back on track by understanding his mother's, "Aracoeli" is deftly translated from the original Italian by William Weaver, an excellent read for those seeking world fiction."—The Midwest Book Review

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934824153
Publisher:
Open Letter
Publication date:
07/15/2009
Pages:
311
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.00(d)

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Elsa Morante was an Italian novelist, short story writer, and poet who was married to Alberto Moravia. Although most well known for History, she actually received the Premio Strega for Arturo’s Island in 1957 and the Prix Médicis étranger in 1985 for Aracoeli.

William Weaver was one of the preeminent translators of Italian literature. He translated works by Umberto Eco, Italo Calvino, Italo Svevo, Primo Levi, and many other great Italian writers of the twentieth century. He was awarded the National Book Award for Translation in 1969.

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