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Roman Elegy

Translated from the German by Peter Lewis
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ABOUT
THE BOOK

It is 2009: writer Clara Burger arrives in Rome to sort out the affairs and clear the flat of her school friend Ines, prematurely dead from cancer. Sorting through Ines’ belongings, Clara finds a manuscript containing not only an autobiographical account of Ines’s strange experiences while working as a chambermaid in Rome in the summer of 1978 but also the life story of her former employer, the hotelier Emma Manente.

In a sweeping tale of remembrance and reconciliation, of lives unfulfilled and loves unrequited, Roman Elegy interweaves the personal stories of three resilient women with a fascinating historical narrative of the Eternal City, in all its contrasting squalor and beauty, compassion and savagery.

 

ABOUT
THE AUTHOR Sabine
Gruber

Sabine Gruber was born in 1963 in Merano, Italy. She has received several awards for her writing including the City of Vienna Support Award, the Austrian State Support Award and the Elias Caneti Scholarship of the City of Vienna.

Sabine Gruber was born in 1963 in Merano, Italy. She has received several awards for her writing including the City of Vienna Support Award, the Austrian State Support Award and the Elias Caneti Scholarship of the City of Vienna.

ABOUT
THE TRANSLATOR Peter
Lewis

NOMINATING LIBRARY COMMENTS

Clara Burger from South Tyrol travels to Rome to the flat of her suddenly deceased girlfriend Ines. She discovers a manuscript of an unfinished biography. This manuscript reveals the story of two German-speaking women from South Tyrol against the background of fascist Rome in the 1940s, as well as the time of terrorism in the 1970s and theBerlusconi era. The story moves from the personal microcosm to the macrocosm of recent Italian history. Sabine Gruber’s narrative style is sensitive and psychologically convincing.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Date published
15/04/2013
Country
Austria
Original Language
German
Author
Publisher
Haus Publishing
Translator
Peter Lewis
Translation
Translated from the German by Peter Lewis

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