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The Useless Mouths and Other Literary Writings$
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Simone de Beauvoir, Margaret A. Simons, and Marybeth Timmermann

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780252036347

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252036347.001.0001

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Foreword to History: A Novel

Foreword to History: A Novel

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(p.324) Foreword to History: A Novel
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The Useless Mouths and Other Literary Writings
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Simone de Beauvoir

Janella D. Moy

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University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036347.003.0025

History is Elsa Morante’s latest novel.1 However, don’t expect to find in these pages glorified accounts of ancient or modern crises that have rocked the world. True, each chapter begins with a summary of world events, but the author does not see History as the upheavals reported in newspapers and described in books. For Morante, History is the hidden repercussion of these events in the hearts and bodies of the anonymous individuals who suffer through them, usually without understanding what is taking place....

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