Skip to content

Decameron

Spend $50 to get a free DVD!

ISBN-10: 0307271714

ISBN-13: 9780307271716

Edition: 2009

Authors: Giovanni Boccaccio, J. G. Nichols, Giovanni Boccaccio, J. G. Nichols

List price: $33.00
Blue ribbon 30 day, 100% satisfaction guarantee!
what's this?
Rush Rewards U
Members Receive:
Carrot Coin icon
XP icon
You have reached 400 XP and carrot coins. That is the daily max!

Description:

A brilliant new translation of the work that Herman Hesse called "the first great masterpiece of European storytelling." In the summer of 1348, with the plague ravaging Florence, ten young men and women take refuge in the countryside, where they entertain themselves with tales of love, death, and corruption, featuring a host of characters, from lascivious clergymen and mad kings to devious lovers and false miracle-makers. Named after the Greek for "ten days," Boccaccio's book of stories draws on ancient mythology, contemporary history, and everyday life, and has influenced the work of myriad writers who came after him. J. G. Nichols's new translation, faithful to the original but rendered…    
Customers also bought

Book details

List price: $33.00
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/2009
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 696
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.75" long x 1.50" tall
Weight: 1.628
Language: English

Although Giovanni Boccaccio was born in France and raised and educated in Naples, where he wrote his first works under the patronage of the French Angevin ruler, Boccaccio always considered himself a Tuscan, like Petrarch and Dante. After Boccaccio returned to Florence in 1340, he witnessed the outbreak of the great plague, or Black Death, in 1348. This provided the setting for his most famous work, the vernacular prose masterpiece Il Decamerone (Decameron) (1353). This collection of 100 short stories, told by 10 Florentines who leave plague-infected Florence for the neighboring hill town of Fiesole, is clear evidence of the beginning of the Renaissance in Italy. The highly finished work…