Elsa Morante is internationally acclaimed for her novels La storia (History, 1974) and L’isola di Arturo (Arturo’s Island, 1957), and widely recognized as one of Italy’s greatest writers. The Premio Viareggio she was awarded in 1948 marked the beginning of thirty years of travels and intense engagement in intellectual debate, during which she added to her publishing credits several stories, novels and essays, regular collaborations with periodicals, and a poetry collection, Alibi (1958). Il mondo salvato dai ragazzini (The World Saved by Kids) was published in 1968 and expressly destined by Morante to young people, ‘the only audience that might still be capable of listening to the word of poets’.
Translated by Cristina Viti
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