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Robert is an American soldier in occupied Rome during the final months of World War II Lisa is a young This is a tough novel to evaluate aesthetically as it's about eually divided between its satisfying uses of the Hemingwayhard boiled style and some pretty hackneyed and melodramatic passages as well Historically however it's uite fascinating and teaches an important lesson yet another reason to avoid war as if death destruction and simply cost were not already sufficient deterrents The Girl on the Via Flaminia is a semi panoramic snapshot of the US occupation of Italy Rome specifically in the latter stages of WWII The characters are believable and well chosen even if they pretty clearly represent types the young woman is poor degraded Italy forced to sell itself like a streetwalker to the American soldier who represents the semi detached lonely and tired conuerers etc etc It's not so much heavy handed as just obvious It would have worked better I think in a film where one hasn't the leisure of a reading to see how the machine is working distracted as we are by the flickering images Noting that Hayes was I guess at the same time that he wrote this helping Roberto Rossellini to create the cinematic and thematically similar masterpiece Paisa' Note British born but educated in the USA after the war Hayes retuned to the States and went Hollywood but mostly worked in TV penning episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and improbably MannixOne flaw of The Girl in my opinion in terms of its aesthetics is that the tale is rather unrelentingly grim Although that's pretty clearly the point and a real lesson after all of the American revisionist history that's hung over WWII ever since its end a kind of residua I suppose of the propaganda fed the folks back home during the war Here at least the shitty situation of a conuered nation internally divided even before the war between fascists and anti fascists being sorted out by a former enemy turned liberator who doesn't know which Italians it can trust and which it needs to fear a situation that the looming cold war will only complicate literally starving to death while Yanks and Nazis fight to get to or defend Berlin can only be a picture of despair desperation and growing disillusionment And it is Still even at terse 160 pp it's hard to read uickly as I just had to come up for air occasionallyI think I'll write about this one for our local English language Newspaper the Florence News comparing and contrasting it with Curzio Malaparte's similar yet far superior in terms of style and reading pleasure portrait of the US occupation of Naples La pelle I'll post the article here once it's publishedFinally wrote that article Here it isEnglish writers in Post War Rome and CinecittàA couple of years ago in these very pages I reviewed Jess Harper’s then new novel Beautiful Ruins and praised its delightful postmodern blending of American family histories the artist’s calling and Italy’s dolce vita period replete with American film stars making swords and sandals epics at Cinecittà by day while hobnobbing with the jet set on the Via Veneto by night Well it turns out that there were some American and British writers in Rome during that fabled post war period whose works also bear reading today Let me put a pair of these novels on you radar should that time and place piue your interest namely Alfred Hayes’s The Girl on the Via Flaminia and Muriel Spark’s The Public ImageAlfred Hayes was born in the Whitechapel neighborhood of London in 1911 At the age of three however his family relocated to New York where he grew up and went to university Twelve years too young to be an ambulance driver in WWI like Hemingway and really a bit too old to be a soldier come WWII Hayes was drafted anyway and landed in Rome in the morale division of the US Army Special Services I would not say however that moral was Hayes’s strong point since his writing is primarily empathetic and conseuently tragic in tone However what might not have been so good for his army stint was certainly good for what followed for he left us three books of poetry seven novels and a bevy of film and TV scripts that while they never catapulted him to fame bear up pretty well todayTwo of Hayes’s novels All Thy Conuests 1946 and The Girl on the Via Flaminia 1947 take place in recently liberated Rome where Hayes remained after the war contributing his literary talents to the explosion of neo realistic films that sprouted from the rubble of that city and took the cinematic world by storm notably Rosselini’s Paisà and De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves Of the two novels The Girl on the Via Flaminia remains in print Penguin Classics 2018 and is well worth a read This novel takes its place alongside Italian journalist Curzio Malaparte’s excellent semi fictional The Skin as an evocation of the uneasy alliance between liberator and liberated in post war Italy Like all of Hayes’s novels the accent is on solitude and loneliness and the tension of the plot revolves around a lonely American soldier looking for love and a humiliated Roman woman who seems to have no other choice for survival but to sell herself to the highest bidder Yes the novel is bleak yet also beautifully written in Hayes’s post Hemingway hardboiled prose and every page rings with the truth of the tragedy of the situationAfter his Roman experiences Hayes found himself back in New York initially and then in Hollywood where he continued to write for film and finally television and where he died in 1985 He shared an office with Mel Brooks at Columbia in the ‘50s and finished his screenwriting career by writing for TV Two of his shorter novels of the Hollywood period In Love 1953 and My Face for the World to See 1958 have been reissued by NYRB Classics and are still getting rave reviews to this dayMuriel Spark the Scottish born uintessential female British novelist of the twentieth Century also flirted with Rome—she moved there in the late ‘60s after some years in New York and before settling definitively in Oliveto here in Tuscany in the early ‘70s The Public Image 1968 remains Spark’s Roman period legacy a novel that charts the trials and tribulations of a British actress Annabel attempting to construct and maintain a number of selves her real life as a wife and mother her public image and the tiger lady that she portrays in films Spark’s wicked wit really shines here as in all of her novels and The Public Image is a fun short read from the much decadent latter end of Cinecittà’s heyday Reading it I couldn’t help but wonder if the model for Annabel wasn’t scream ueen Barbara Steele the British actress who failed rather spectacularly in Hollywood only to carve out a career in uirky and kitschy Italian horror films beginning with Mario Bava’s stunning Mask of Satan Black Sunday in the US in 1960And yes the novel apparently inspired the name of John Lydon’s post Sex Pistols group Public Image Ltd and the lyrics to the song of the same name Ogled 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Led by their separate and eually desperate needs But can love between victor and vanuished ever blossom Like the Italian Neo Realist filmmakers he worked with in Italy Alfred Hayes focusses his social drama against the larger backdrop of a world at war The Europa Edition has taken a novella sized story and printed it large and long as it it were a novel; this is unfortunate because it really could never be and good as it is it shrinks into the presentation And the opposite is probably true if it had been presented as a short story this work would seem much distinguished than here fluffed out to twice its real sizeHayes has a very impressive résumé as a screenwriter he worked with the leading lights of the postwar Italian new wave Vittorio de Sica Roberto Rossellini Federico Fellini; later with Fritz Lang and Nicholas Ray in Hollywood Most writers would give anything to have even one of those names on their list of credits Maybe knowing that is what keeps the reader feeling that this is something of a 'treatment' a summarization of what will be a dramatic rendition on the screen Because it seems that way as if the notes for a set of workshop classes in drama scenarios to be built upon rather than a set novella form Regardless Hayes is clearly writing from life here and it's an unusual perspective the view of the reluctant conueror in a fallen city As you read you can see the film and it is a compelling story Fire in the Sky in Italy Alfred Hayes focusses his social drama against the larger backdrop of a world at war The Europa Edition has taken a novella sized story and printed olga spessivtzeva it large and long as ¡Que vengan cuando quieran! it I Am Providence it were a novel; this An Unexpected Magick (The Draegan Lords, is unfortunate because The Weirdest Noob (The Weirdest Noob it really could never be and good as WeVe Only Just Begun it Real Estate Mistakes is Computer Network Time Synchronization it shrinks Lara Croft, Tomb Raider (Lara Croft: Tomb Raider into the presentation And the opposite Ignition is probably true Mitologii subiective if Between Heaven and Mirth it had been presented as a short story this work would seem much distinguished than here fluffed out to twice Biogenealogy its real sizeHayes has a very Sobre el anarquismo (Biblioteca de Divulgación Anarquista impressive résumé as a screenwriter he worked with the leading lights of the postwar Italian new wave Vittorio de Sica Roberto Rossellini Federico Fellini; later with Fritz Lang and Nicholas Ray ABOUT ANARCHISM in Hollywood Most writers would give anything to have even one of those names on their list of credits Maybe knowing that The Banker's Wife is what keeps the reader feeling that this Absolute Trust (Renegade, is something of a 'treatment' a summarization of what will be a dramatic rendition on the screen Because La isla de la calavera it seems that way as Paleontology and Paleoenvironments if the notes for a set of workshop classes Manga in drama scenarios to be built upon rather than a set novella form Regardless Hayes The Mammoth Book of Scottish Romance is clearly writing from life here and Prayer For Little Things it's an unusual perspective the view of the reluctant conueror A Treatise on Time and Space in a fallen city As you read you can see the film and The White Lantern it Kingsbane (Empirium, is a compelling story

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Woman obliged to work in Mamma Adele's on the Via Flaminia The passion they feel for one another is fue After serving in the US army in the Second World War the British born writer Alfred Hayes stayed on in Rome at the end of the conflict where he worked with some of the leading lights in the Italian neo realist film movement Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini This talent for scriptwriting shows in Hayes’ 1949 novel The Girl on the Via Flaminia a slim work which zooms in on a microcosm of a society irreparably damaged by the ravages of war It’s a brilliant bleak yet beautifully written book shot through with an aching sense of pain and sadness Here’s how it opensThe wind blew through Europe It was a cold wind and there were no lights in the city p3To read the rest of my review please click here


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  1. says:

    they bomb each other they destroy cities – but a girl in bed is a crimeIt’s no secret that women in wartime often resort to means outsides their usual moral code and in this short novel set during the tail end of WW2 in Italy the plight of women forced to make desperate choices mirrors the ambiguous nature of the Liberation of Rome which to many Italian citizens was of an Occupation than a Liberation Hayes places a British and an American soldier into the home of an Italian couple Ugo and Adele their adult son Antonio and Lisa an ordinary Italian woman forced to sell her body to soldiers for food and shelter This sets up a boiling pot situation Antonio and Lisa are resentful of the Occupier’s sense of entitlement and superiority Adele like Lisa has found an unlikely way to make a living by renting out her rooms to soldiers and girls and Ugo wanders around mourning the loss of Europe I’m old Ugo thought and I’m tired We were not made to be happy Happiness is a condition we have permanently lostThe city had no beauty now The river had no history When you stood on one of the bridges and looked at the city you thought of home and were depressed and it seemed because of the grayness over everything that this war had been going on forever and it would never endRobert the American soldier is trying to carve out a semblance of home by setting up a room with Lisa urging her to unpack and relax This forced domesticity is delicately written and filled with suspense and doom Robert is arrogant naïve piggish and we feel sorry for him but not much; we mostly want to shake him because he’s the only one not seeing things for what they are The room is choking with tension He fumbles around not understanding the anger directed his way Why does Lisa hate him when he’s American? How could she possibly? He’s the immature and misguided character put there to embody the LiberatingOccupying Allies He’s demonized but we see things though his eyes too Nothing is simple and no one is right Meanwhile down the hallway the British soldier stares into his wine glass in the dining room and dreams of home lamenting that it’s been 5 years since he’s seen his wifeAntonio broods in his roomEveryone’s seeking a makeshift home in an unrecognizable world “Of course” Adele Pulcini said seeing how agitated he was and knowing that soldiers could be ugly and dangerous when the things inside them began to hurtThe death of innocence the complexities of perspective and the sacrifice of soldiers and ordinary people is deeply captured in this small book Especially poignant is the vilification of Lisa and women like Lisa Her papers are confiscated; her ID branded Robert confused again wonders why their arrangement was such a problem because no one came after him If you’ve never read Alfred Hayes if you’ve never experienced the pit of the stomach sadness that his writing produces in me time after time do yourself a favor and read The Girl on the Via Flaminia or In Love or to a slightly lesser extent My Face for the World to See These three novels will wound you but you’ll be grateful for them She thought we do finally what we thought we were incapable of doing and it is less that we thought the doing would be and at the same time And nobody listens nobody cares one is alone There are no drums no overture no curtain rising The audience is cold or asleep And yet – could she have? Could she have gone on? No it was impossible to have gone on It was only possible if there was love He was right in saying that would have made everything excusable But there was no love He did not want love He wanted something else something that had only the appearance of love and it was better that it had ended and tomorrow she would leave the house and that would be the end of it


  2. says:

    This is a tough novel to evaluate aesthetically as it's about eually divided between its satisfying uses of the Hemingwayhard boiled style and some pretty hackneyed and melodramatic passages as well Historically however it's uite fascinating and teaches an important lesson yet another reason to avoid war as if death destruction and simply cost were not already sufficient deterrents The Girl on the Via Flaminia is a semi panoramic snapshot of the US occupation of Italy Rome specifically in the latter stages of WWII The characters are believable and well chosen even if they pretty clearly represent types the young woman is poor degraded Italy forced to sell itself like a streetwalker to the American soldier who represents the semi detached lonely and tired conuerers etc etc It's not so much heavy handed as just obvious It would have worked better I think in a film where one hasn't the leisure of a reading to see how the machine is working distracted as we are by the flickering images Noting that Hayes was I guess at the same time that he wrote this helping Roberto Rossellini to create the cinematic and thematically similar masterpiece Paisa' Note British born but educated in the USA after the war Hayes retuned to the States and went Hollywood but mostly worked in TV penning episodes of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour and improbably MannixOne flaw of The Girl in my opinion in terms of its aesthetics is that the tale is rather unrelentingly grim Although that's pretty clearly the point and a real lesson after all of the American revisionist history that's hung over WWII ever since its end a kind of residua I suppose of the propaganda fed the folks back home during the war Here at least the shitty situation of a conuered nation internally divided even before the war between fascists and anti fascists being sorted out by a former enemy turned liberator who doesn't know which Italians it can trust and which it needs to fear a situation that the looming cold war will only complicate literally starving to death while Yanks and Nazis fight to get to or defend Berlin can only be a picture of despair desperation and growing disillusionment And it is Still even at terse 160 pp it's hard to read uickly as I just had to come up for air occasionallyI think I'll write about this one for our local English language Newspaper the Florence News comparing and contrasting it with Curzio Malaparte's similar yet far superior in terms of style and reading pleasure portrait of the US occupation of Naples La pelle I'll post the article here once it's publishedFinally wrote that article Here it isEnglish writers in Post War Rome and CinecittàA couple of years ago in these very pages I reviewed Jess Harper’s then new novel Beautiful Ruins and praised its delightful postmodern blending of American family histories the artist’s calling and Italy’s dolce vita period replete with American film stars making swords and sandals epics at Cinecittà by day while hobnobbing with the jet set on the Via Veneto by night Well it turns out that there were some American and British writers in Rome during that fabled post war period whose works also bear reading today Let me put a pair of these novels on you radar should that time and place piue your interest namely Alfred Hayes’s The Girl on the Via Flaminia and Muriel Spark’s The Public ImageAlfred Hayes was born in the Whitechapel neighborhood of London in 1911 At the age of three however his family relocated to New York where he grew up and went to university Twelve years too young to be an ambulance driver in WWI like Hemingway and really a bit too old to be a soldier come WWII Hayes was drafted anyway and landed in Rome in the morale division of the US Army Special Services I would not say however that moral was Hayes’s strong point since his writing is primarily empathetic and conseuently tragic in tone However what might not have been so good for his army stint was certainly good for what followed for he left us three books of poetry seven novels and a bevy of film and TV scripts that while they never catapulted him to fame bear up pretty well todayTwo of Hayes’s novels All Thy Conuests 1946 and The Girl on the Via Flaminia 1947 take place in recently liberated Rome where Hayes remained after the war contributing his literary talents to the explosion of neo realistic films that sprouted from the rubble of that city and took the cinematic world by storm notably Rosselini’s Paisà and De Sica’s Bicycle Thieves Of the two novels The Girl on the Via Flaminia remains in print Penguin Classics 2018 and is well worth a read This novel takes its place alongside Italian journalist Curzio Malaparte’s excellent semi fictional The Skin as an evocation of the uneasy alliance between liberator and liberated in post war Italy Like all of Hayes’s novels the accent is on solitude and loneliness and the tension of the plot revolves around a lonely American soldier looking for love and a humiliated Roman woman who seems to have no other choice for survival but to sell herself to the highest bidder Yes the novel is bleak yet also beautifully written in Hayes’s post Hemingway hardboiled prose and every page rings with the truth of the tragedy of the situationAfter his Roman experiences Hayes found himself back in New York initially and then in Hollywood where he continued to write for film and finally television and where he died in 1985 He shared an office with Mel Brooks at Columbia in the ‘50s and finished his screenwriting career by writing for TV Two of his shorter novels of the Hollywood period In Love 1953 and My Face for the World to See 1958 have been reissued by NYRB Classics and are still getting rave reviews to this dayMuriel Spark the Scottish born uintessential female British novelist of the twentieth Century also flirted with Rome—she moved there in the late ‘60s after some years in New York and before settling definitively in Oliveto here in Tuscany in the early ‘70s The Public Image 1968 remains Spark’s Roman period legacy a novel that charts the trials and tribulations of a British actress Annabel attempting to construct and maintain a number of selves her real life as a wife and mother her public image and the tiger lady that she portrays in films Spark’s wicked wit really shines here as in all of her novels and The Public Image is a fun short read from the much decadent latter end of Cinecittà’s heyday Reading it I couldn’t help but wonder if the model for Annabel wasn’t scream ueen Barbara Steele the British actress who failed rather spectacularly in Hollywood only to carve out a career in uirky and kitschy Italian horror films beginning with Mario Bava’s stunning Mask of Satan Black Sunday in the US in 1960And yes the novel apparently inspired the name of John Lydon’s post Sex Pistols group Public Image Ltd and the lyrics to the song of the same name


  3. says:

    Not your typical World War 2 novel A short well written pleasant balance between prose and dialogue I would describe this as a very intimate novel Most of the story with the exception of a couple of scenes takes place in two rooms of an Italian home on you guessed it the Via Flaminia in Rome As a reader I became very much at home in this environment and with the half dozen main characters The author skilfully uses memories and flashbacks to fill in background impressions relevant to the plot in a way which both satisfies the curiosity and piues the interest of the reader while maintaining the sense of mystery to the last word


  4. says:

    I loved this modest novel It starts in a uiet way The wind blew through Europe It was a cold wind and there were no lights in the city The cold wind blows through the rest of the narrativeIt's set in Italy just before the end of the second World War but nobody knew at this time that the war would end in a few months The war has been going on for than five years Sometimes men would escape from the prison camps near the Austrian border They would come home to their wives so terribly changed the women would shriekIt is not a psychological novel There is no deep analysis of what goes on in people's heads In fact most of what goes on inside the head is terribly private and the awful pathos of what is not shared intensifies as the novel goes on Lonely people at an awful time and all of it simply and beautifully writtenI didn't know I was becoming so involved with the central characters the American officer Robert and the desperate but sadly dignified Italian young woman Lisa but it grew on me gradually through the plain direct writing the clarity of the experience Robert wants a girl not just a one off prostitute He wants a regular clean girl a simple exchange sex with a decent nice young woman for a bit of cash which will buy her coffee and food and all the things her country is starved ofBut she is a decent young woman and the transaction turns out not to be simple And although they are not in love they are not just in sex either She is articulate and rebellious She is also completely trapped You see all of it from both points of view hers and his You feel for them both This is such good writingHe bent down and kissed the visible corner of her mouth Her face was very cold He looked at her for a moment and then went out of the roomI was stunned by the ending It will haunt me for a long long time


  5. says:

    It's set in Rome Italy during World War II Robert is an American stationed in Rome during the period following the liberation of Italy from the Germans Italy was very grateful to the Alliesat firstbut now they just want them gone They want their country backRobert has made a deal with a local Italian girl Lisa She rents a room in a house they pretend they are married She gets some food gifts etche gets company at night But in war nothing is that simpleThis was a fairly short novel but very powerful The book jacket sort of gave me the impression that this was a love story But I wouldn't call it that It really portrayed a segment of society that may get overlooked in other war stories What happens to people when their country is occupied whether it be by friends or foe? What happens to the women? How do they survive?I found it fascinating that Robert is an American while Alfred Hayes was a British writer It really didn't portray Americans in a positive lightnot negatively but definitely not positive either Maybe spoiled and naive And the title of the book I think references the type of girls who walk the streets who get picked up for money And of course the ending was perfect for this type of novel It really leaves you hangingwhich is the point


  6. says:

    After serving in the US army in the Second World War the British born writer Alfred Hayes stayed on in Rome at the end of the conflict where he worked with some of the leading lights in the Italian neo realist film movement Vittorio De Sica and Roberto Rossellini This talent for scriptwriting shows in Hayes’ 1949 novel The Girl on the Via Flaminia a slim work which zooms in on a microcosm of a society irreparably damaged by the ravages of war It’s a brilliant bleak yet beautifully written book shot through with an aching sense of pain and sadness Here’s how it opensThe wind blew through Europe It was a cold wind and there were no lights in the city p3To read the rest of my review please click here


  7. says:

    Like the Italian Neo Realist filmmakers he worked with in Italy Alfred Hayes focusses his social drama against the larger backdrop of a world at war The Europa Edition has taken a novella sized story and printed it large and long as it it were a novel; this is unfortunate because it really could never be and good as it is it shrinks into the presentation And the opposite is probably true if it had been presented as a short story this work would seem much distinguished than here fluffed out to twice its real sizeHayes has a very impressive résumé as a screenwriter he worked with the leading lights of the postwar Italian new wave Vittorio de Sica Roberto Rossellini Federico Fellini; later with Fritz Lang and Nicholas Ray in Hollywood Most writers would give anything to have even one of those names on their list of credits Maybe knowing that is what keeps the reader feeling that this is something of a 'treatment' a summarization of what will be a dramatic rendition on the screen Because it seems that way as if the notes for a set of workshop classes in drama scenarios to be built upon rather than a set novella form Regardless Hayes is clearly writing from life here and it's an unusual perspective the view of the reluctant conueror in a fallen city As you read you can see the film and it is a compelling story


  8. says:

    This is a short booka book about a man and a woman brought together in Rome after the war The liberation of Rome was not a joyful time for many Italians Young women doing what they had to to feed themselves and their families This book is very subtly written It teases the edges of providing sex for something in return besides lovewithout ever becoming vulgar or imperceptive


  9. says:

    The Girl On The Via Flaminia is the third short novel by Alfred Hayes that has been republished in recent years Like In Love and My face For The World To See it absolutely deserves to be rediscovered by a whole new generation of readers and Hayes himself deserves to be at last considered for what he is one of the major American writers of the last century In The Girl On The Via Flaminia a lonely traumatized American soldier in Rome at the end of WWII makes an arrangement with an Italian girl who has also been traumatized by the ravages of the conflict in her homeland But nothing goes has planned War is ugly its conseuences horrific the occupation of a country creates damages beyond imagination peace is not what it is supposed to be With Hayes all the clichés about the supposedly “good” war are torn to pieces and with a raw aching humanity he shows us – through a beautifully intimate chamber piece deliberately avoiding all things epic the reality of a ravaged Italy and of its distraught people Women especially are at the heart of this story women who are used by foreign soldiers by their own countrymen and by a society that treat them shamefully The Girl On The Via Flaminia is a sad heartbreaking novel that rings eerily and depressingly modern and contemporary even if some references are definitely of their time Hayes is a master at dissecting complex human emotions in a subtle non sentimental way and his prose is exuisite and often poetic without ever being precious There are pages in this book about the traumas of war that are extraordinarily powerful With Hayes the drab reality that his characters are fighting with destroys most of the time the few glimmer of hopes In that sense the ambiguous uncertain ending is devastating


  10. says:

    First time reading Hayes although I've known about him for some time now A uick short novel that brings sadness to your heart and the truth to your eyesTimes during WW2 not only made it difficult for the men but also the women Hayes in a short time manages to capture our main characters beautifully Do yourself a favor and read it


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