Penguin Classics: The Decameron

Penguin Classics: The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio
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9780140449303
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1,072
Dimensions
129 x 198mm

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In the summer of 1348, as the Black Death ravages their city, ten young Florentines take refuge in the countryside. They amuse themselves by each telling a story a day for the ten days they are destined to remain there - a hundred stories of love, adventure and surprising twists of fate.

Less preoccupied with abstract concepts of morality or religion than earthly values, the tales range from the bawdy Peronella hiding her lover in a tub to Ser Cepperallo, who, despite his unholy effrontery, becomes a Saint. The result is a towering monument of European literature and a masterpiece of imaginative narrative.

This is the second edition of G. H. McWilliam's acclaimed translation of 'The Decameron'. In his introduction Professor McWilliam illuminates the worlds of Boccaccio and of his storytellers, showing Boccaccio as a master of vivid and exciting prose fiction.
ISBN:
9780140449303
Publication Date:
06 / 05 / 2003
Pages:
1072
Dimensions:
129 x 198mm

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