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1934 by Alberto Moravia is a political tale about an Italian anti-Fascist and the encounter he has with a German girl.
1934 (novel) Wikipedia
The story takes place in 1934 on a boat ride to Capri. It details the relationship between an Italian anti-Fascist—Lucio—and a scared, suicide-seeking German girl. It addresses large philosophical questions like the meaning of life, love and death, through the author's art.According to New York Review of Books, Stephen Spender, the book is "one of the most brilliant strokes in this novel about relations in the Thirties between Italians and Germans is that Moravia never reveals whether his Italian narrator and hero is serious or not, and doubt about the seriousness lies in his being Italian. ... This is the truth of the book: that within the external situation of the Italian Fascist--German Nazi relationship it is impossible to accept as authentic virtually anything people do."
"In his seventy-fifth year, the novelist here confronts the experience of the Italians who were not Fascists, trapped in the current of their historical moment. This is a timely novel, then, for it is in the tradition of retrospective dissection of the Fascist experience that has been so evident in the past decade, both in literature and in the Italian and German cinema." e-Notes.