Novel by Elsa Morante


History: A Novel is a novel by Italian author Elsa Morante, generally regarded as her most famous and controversial work. Published in 1974, it narrates the story of a partly Jewish woman, Ida Ramundo, and her two sons Antonio and Giuseppe in Rome, during and immediately after the Second World War.
The Italian title "La Storia" can be translated as either "History" or "The Story"; the ambiguity is lost in translation.
La storia, a motion picture based on the novel, directed by Luigi Comencini and starring Claudia Cardinale, was produced in 1986.

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