Lies and Sorcery

Lies and Sorcery - Penguin Modern Classics

Paperback (14 Nov 2024)

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Publisher's Synopsis

LONGLISTED FOR THE OXFORD-WEIDENFELD PRIZE 2024

'I loved it and it had been a long time since I had read anything that gave me such life and joy' Natalia Ginzburg


The first unabridged English translation of the electrifying novel of secrets and delusions, from one of the greatest Italian writers of the twentieth century.

Elisa - orphaned as a child, raised by a 'fallen woman', fed by fairy tales - has lived in an outlandish imaginary world for years. When her guardian dies, she feels compelled to confront her family's tortured and dramatic past, weaving the tale of her mother and grandmother through a history of intrigue, treachery, deception and desire. But as her saga of three generations of Sicilian women proceeds, it becomes something else entirely, taking in a whole legacy of oppression and injustice. By turns flamboyant and intense, raging and funny, Lies and Sorcery is a celebration of the female imagination, and the power of storytelling itself.

First published in 1948, Elsa Morante's debut novel won the Viareggio Prize and earned her the lasting admiration of generations of writers from Italo Calvino and Natalia Ginzburg to Elena Ferrante.

Translated by Jenny McPhee

Book information

ISBN: 9780241711194
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
Imprint: Penguin Classics
Pub date:
Language: English
Number of pages: 800
Weight: 600g
Height: 216mm
Width: 135mm
Spine width: 40mm