Aracoeli was the mother, Spanish and naive and married to Eugenio, an officer in the Italian navy. Frequently absent, the father was thus a. Aracoeli: a novel / Elsa Morante ; translated from the Italian by William Weaver Morante, Author: Morante, Elsa, approximately ; Audience: General . Elsa Morante (18 August – 25 November ) was an Italian novelist, best known for her Her final novel, ‘s Aracoeli, has been seen as a summation, albeit by some critics a pessimistic one, of motifs and trends present in all of her.
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The Power of Disturbance: Elsa Morante’s ‘Aracoeli’
Aracoeli by Elsa Morante. 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.
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Lists with This Book. 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: 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: 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.
Morante herself, from what I’ve read, was the polar opposite. 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.
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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 morantr tough character for aracoelu to like but she’s a true elss, 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 morantee 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. La grammatica e la prosa sono molto complesse, anche facenti parte di una scuola ormai passata.
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. Questo ha rappresentato un ostacolo ulteriore all’approdo all’ultima pagina.
Scrittura divina, ma questo si sapeva. 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. 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.
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.
Un livre intrigant, qui vous plonge dans le portrait d’une femme aux mille facettes. Sep 14, Michael rated it liked it Shelves: When an Italian booktuber Bruno offers some recommendations for great Italian authors to check out, I am going to pay attention.
In his video, he recommended Alberto Moravia and Elsa Morante, who were married for twenty years. Comparing Elsa Morante to Elena Ferrante peaked my interest and the recommendation given was her last novel Aracoeli. A melancholic novel about an aging man attempting to recover his past and get his life on track.
Stuck in a dead-end job for a small publishing house, 43 When an Italian booktuber Bruno offers some recommendations for great Italian authors to check out, I am going to pay attention. Stuck in a dead-end job for a small publishing house, 43 year old Manuel travels to the home town of his mother Aracoeli, to try and understand her. People that have a deep understanding of psychology would get more from Aracoeli than I did but what struck me is his obsession with his mother.
I do believe that Manuel is a very unreliable narrator so all his thoughts and feelings have to be considered before morant the truth. His self-loathing I could handle but I was often frustrated with his short-sightedness. It was difficult to like this character because I found myself constantly trying to analyse him, never sure if I was understanding who he truly was. I never felt like I was fully understanding this character, and when the novel talks about how she contracts an incurable disease syphilis is implied or how she was a elssa I spent more time wondering about her situation.
She was a victim of her circumstances and the way women were treated. Reading Aracoeli felt more like sifting through all that is going on to find the truth, but that is part of its appeal. If I am to compare Elena Ferrante to Elsa Morante, it would be in relation to the way both wrote about the treatment of women.
Both wrote incredibly complex Neapolitan women trying to navigate their way through life. I think Ferrante is a much easier read but I might consider Morante a much more rewarding experience. I do not begin to understand the complexity of Aracoeli and I know it will be many read throughs before I even scratch the surface. I love novels like this because they make you work for a much more rewarding experience.
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I may not understand Aracoeli now but I hope to in the future. There is so much despair and destruction in the book, but I find myself pondering it weeks after I araccoeli it. I have to moarnte to Aracoeli, it is the type of book that leaves you no other choice.
This review originally appeared on my blog; http: Feb 28, Rodrigo Bauler rated it it was amazing. Apr 13, Chad Post added it. 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 morsnte would purchase this book, since it would benefit Open Letter directly.
Paolo PP rated it really liked it Sep 02, Donatella rated it really liked it Apr 18,