War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944 [NOOK Book]

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‘It is quite impossible to attach importance to material possessions now. All that one still clings to is a few vital affections’

Iris Origo, October 1943.

Marchesa Iris Origo and her husband had been settled at their rural estate of La Foce since 1924. When the Second World War broke out Origo, an Englishwoman married to an Italian landowner, had divided loyalties. But as the war dragged on and the hostilities escalated, the small community ...

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War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944

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Overview


‘It is quite impossible to attach importance to material possessions now. All that one still clings to is a few vital affections’

Iris Origo, October 1943.

Marchesa Iris Origo and her husband had been settled at their rural estate of La Foce since 1924. When the Second World War broke out Origo, an Englishwoman married to an Italian landowner, had divided loyalties. But as the war dragged on and the hostilities escalated, the small community of Val d’Orcia found themselves helping evacuees, orphans, refugees, prisoners of war and soldiers from both sides, concerned less with who was fighting whom than caring for those who needed their aid.

Origo kept her diary throughout this time, when the risk of betrayal was a fact of life and the penalty for helping the enemy would result in death. Even with German troops occupying her manor house, she wrote at night about her valiant attempts to shelter refugees, burying her diary in the garden each morning.

The result is a book which has become a classic, an affirmation in itself of courage and resistance, and an unsentimental, compelling story of the trials and tragedies of wartime.

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For an insider's picture of Italy during World War II, try Eric Newby's Love and War in the Apennines (Lonely Planet. 1999. ISBN 0-86442-765-4. pap. $12.95), a memoir of his experiences as an escaped prisoner of war in Italy; Anglo-American Iris Origo's inspiring and humane War in Val D'Orcia: An Italian War Diary, 1943-1944 (Godine. 1984. ISBN 0-87923-476-8. pap. $14.95), when she and her Italian land-owning husband protected the peasants and villagers living near them in Tuscany; and Naples '44 by Norman Lewis (Carroll & Graf. Feb. 2005. ISBN 0-7867-1438-7. pap. $12), who came to Italy as an intelligence officer and grew to love the challenging, contradictory country. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781567924688
  • Publisher: Godine, David R. Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 165
  • Sales rank: 123,902
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Iris Origo devoted much of her life to her farm and her writing. In 1943 and 1944 she and her husband converted their farming estate into a refuge for children from the bombed cities of northern Italy and escaped Allied prisoners of war. She died in 1988.
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  • Posted August 12, 2014

    This is our FAVORITE book on Italy (except our own - Rome the Se

    This is our FAVORITE book on Italy (except our own - Rome the Second Time and Modern Rome)... It's a stunning "diary" by an extremely literate person of WWII coming through her farm in Tuscany.  We give it to everyone we know who is travelling to Tuscany.  Don't miss it.

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