“History” by Elsa Morante

One of the central issues in life can be the impact political decisions and its consequences –often decided by the people in power — have for ordinary folks, who struggle making it through each month and year. In our times the disastrous consequences of political turmoil can be witnessed.
Elsa Morante and her husband Alberto Moravia spent about one year in remote villages south of Rome during WW2 to escape such turbulences. And 30 years later Morante wrote the novel that deals with it. A fascinating book which surveys the full impact of war times, highly recommended.
Here some more details about Elsa Morante.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/09/14/books/review/Riding-t.html