Robert is an American GI in Rome during the final months of World War II. Lisa is a young woman obliged to work in Mamma Adele’s on the Via Flaminia. The passion they feel for one another is fueled by their separate, and equally desperate, needs. But can love truly exist between victor and vanquished?
This classic story of a poignant affair, set amid the aftermath of war, is as relevant and moving today as when it was first published in 1949.
“Keeps us guessing to the end. An enthralling narrative, and art of a high order.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Full of dramatic conflicts . . . The dialogue is the best I have read in any war novel.” —The New York Times
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About the Author
Alfred Hayes was born in Britain in 1911. He was a novelist, television writer, screenwriter, and poet. He worked principally in Italy and the United States, and is perhaps best known for his poem "Joe Hill", set to music by Earl Robinson. Hayes graduated from New York's City College, worked briefly as a newspaper reporter, and began writing fiction and poetry in the 1930s. During World War II he served in Europe in the U.S. Army Special Services. He stayed on in Rome and became a screenwriter of Italian neorealist films. His screenplay for Roberto Rossellini's film Paisan (1946) was nominated for an Academy Award.