Marco Romano Recommends

“Elsa Morante’s History is a book that should be known by more readers,” Romano says. “It’s a brutally tragic story of a woman who is widowed and then raped by a German soldier in Rome during WW II. Her relationship with her two sons, both of whom she loses, is very touching. Morante’s prose (an anonymous bystander narrates) is powerfully depictive and full of pathos. A jewel of a novel.”

Marco Romano was born in Rhode Island. He lives in New York, where he writes freelance music reviews.

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