Pleasure

ISBN-10: 0143106740

ISBN-13: 9780143106746

Edition: 2013

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Putting the sex back inPleasure,here is the first new English translation since the Victorian era of the great Italian masterpiece of sensuality and seduction Like Oscar Wilde’s Dorian Gray, Andrea Sperelli lives his life as a work of art, seeking beauty and flouting the rules of morality and social interaction along the way. In his aristocratic circles in Rome, he is a serial seducer. But there are two women who command his special regard: the beautiful young widow Elena, and the pure, virgin-like Maria. In Andrea’s pursuit of the exalted heights of extreme pleasure, he plays them against each other, spinning a sadistic web of lust and deceit.            This new translation of D’Annunzio’s masterpiece, the first in more than one hundred years, restores what was considered too offensive to be included in the 1898 translation—some of the very scenes that are key to the novel’s status as a landmark of literary decadence.
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Book details

List price: $24.00
Copyright year: 2013
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/30/2013
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 384
Size: 5.10" wide x 7.80" long x 0.70" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

Born into a patriarchal family of the Abruzzo, D'Annunzio was sent to Prato to master Tuscan Italian. At age 16, under the classical influence of Giosue Carducci, he published his first poems, Primo Vere in 1879. His best works of the time include the novel Il fuoco (The Flame of Life) (1900); the poems of his Alcyone (one of the Pleiades), which are his best; the play The Dead City (1898); and his masterpiece The Daughter of Jorio (1904), a drama. Eager to perform on the world's stage in politics and in war as well as art, he became an ardent nationalist, lost an eye in a wartime flying accident, and then personally led an assault on Fiume in 1919, annexing it to Italy and ruling it like a Roman proconsul for 16 months. His support of Mussolini prompted some critics to treat him as a progenitor of fascism.

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