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Once considered the greatest writer of Italy's postwar generation - and admired by authors as varied as John Banville and Rivka Galchen - Elsa Morante is experiencing a literary renaissance, marked not least by Ann Goldstein's translation of Arturo's Island, the novel that brought Morante international fame. 

Imbued with a spectral grace, as if told through an enchanted looking glass, the novel follows the adolescent Arturo through his days on the isolated Neapolitan island of Procida, where - his mother long deceased, his father often absent, and a dog as his sole companion - he roams the countryside and the beaches or reads in his family's lonely, dilapidated mansion. This quiet, meandering existence is upended when his father brings home a beautiful 16-year-old bride, Nunziatella.  

A novel of longing and thwarted desires, filled with Morante's "brutal directness and familial torment" (James Wood), Arturo's Island reemerges in this splendid translation to take its rightful place in the world literary canon.

©2019 Elsa Morante Estate; translation copyright 2019 by Ann Goldstein (P)2019 HighBridge Company

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The narrator read almost in a monotone which distracted from the story. Did not finish book as a result

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What a bad narration

Couldn’t read more than 5 min
Wish you had chosen a woman narrator. Hillary Huber would have been a perfect narrator for this book. Instead you chose a robot?
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If only I could give less than 1 star!

The narrator is a disaster!
The book was highly recommended to me but the struggle to continue listening to the totally robotic narration was infuriating.

I managed to complete it - but... I would have enjoyed it much more if the narration was human!