An Italian journalist has allegedly outed “Elena Ferrante” as the daughter of a Jewish Holocaust survivor? Should the author’s identity matter? Or has journalism done her a disservice?
By now, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels have become a favorite of just about everyone’s book group. But many of her readers do not know how Italian-Jewish author Elsa Morante influenced her work. Talya Zax offers an introduction.
Art is its own form of activism, we are reminded by a major new biography of the Italian novelist Alberto Moravia, published by les éditions Flammarion in Paris. Born Alberto Pincherle (his father was a Jewish architect) in 1907, Moravia was a cousin of Carlo and Nello Rosselli, the Jewish anti-fascist activists who were murdered in 1937 by French right wing extremists on Mussolini’s orders, as described in “Carlo Rosselli: Socialist Heretic and Antifascist Exile” by Stanislao Pugliese.