By Elsa Morante

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 shattered when she contracts an incurable disease (probably syphilis) and becomes a nymphomaniac.

Published date: July 15, 2009
Type: Books
Genre: Fiction

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