Cavalleria Rusticana and Other Stories

ISBN-10: 0140447415

ISBN-13: 9780140447415

Edition: 1999

Authors: Giovanni Verga, G. H. McWilliam, Giovanni Verga, Giovanni Verga

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A new translation of the stories of Giovanni Verga, the greatest Italian short - story writer since Boccaccio. Verga's rich naturalism and orginality of style have posed formidable problems for those translators who have dared attempt him. Born into a well - to - do Sicilian family, in the 1870s and 1880s Verga became an active observer and habitue of Milanese salon society, but eventually found in the everyday lives of Sicilian peasants the inspiration for his finest narratives. Love, adultery and honour are recurring themes in stories set against the scorched landscapes of the slopes of Mount Etna and the Plain of Catania.
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List price: $16.00
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 1/1/2000
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.00" wide x 7.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.440
Language: English

A Sicilian, like Leonardo Sciascia and Luigi Pirandello, Verga was educated as a writer in Florence and Milan but drew on Sicily for the subject of his chief novels, plays, and short stories. In 1895 he returned permanently to Catania, his Sicilian birthplace, but by then he had already written his best novels of fictional realism (verismo): Malavoglia (The House by the Medlar Tree)Malavoglia (1881) and Mastro-don Gesualdo (Master don Gesualdo) (1889), the first dealing with a family of poor Sicilian fishermen, the second with the social climbing of a stonemason who has made a fortune. These classic works of realism established Verga as the father of the nineteenth-century Italian novel. In fact, D. H. Lawrence translated several of his novellas, calling him, "the greatest writer of Italian fiction since Manzoni."Of greater international fame has been Verga's novella Cavalleria Rusticana (Rustic Chivalry) (1880), which provided the libretto for Mascagni's famous opera.

Note on Sicilian Terms
Cavalleria nusticana
The She-Wolf
Picturesque Lives
Jeli the Shepherd
Rosso Malpelo
Gramigna's Mistress
War of the Saints
How, When and Why
The Reverend
Getting to know the King
Don Licciu Papa
Black Bread
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