History (novel)

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History: A Novel
La Storia.jpg
Author Elsa Morante
Original title La Storia
Translator William Weaver
Country Italy
Language Italian
Publisher Giulio Einaudi Editore
Publication date

History: A Novel (Italian: La Storia) 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 (called "Nino") and Giuseppe ("Useppe") in Rome, during and immediately after the Second World War.

A motion picture based on the novel, directed by Luigi Comencini and starring Claudia Cardinale, was produced in 1986.

The Italian title "La Storia" could be translated as either "History" or "The Story"; the ambiguity is lost in translation.