Arturo's Island

Arturo's Island

A Novel
Written by Elsa Morante
Narrated by P.J. Ochlan
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Arturo's Island

A Novel
Written by Elsa Morante | Narrated by P.J. Ochlan
Arturo’s quiet life on a remote Neapolitan island is shaken up when his father brings home a young new bride. Considered an Italian classic, this “magnificent novel” (Kirkus Reviews starred review) takes you to a gorgeous setting and leaves a lasting impact. Elena Ferrante, bestselling author of My Brilliant Friend, calls Morante one of her favorite writers and praises her work as “astonishing.”


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 sixteen-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.

General Fiction
Coming of Age
Literary Fiction


Release Date: February 19, 2019
Publisher: HighBridge Audio
Run time: 15 hours and 7 minutes
Unabridged Audiobook

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