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Italian Stories : Novelle Italiane : A Dual-Language Book

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Designed for the language student as well as the lover of fine literature, this convenient dual-language book features eleven great short stories-- each one appearing in the original Italian, with vivid and accurate English translations on facing pages. Arranged chronologically so that the growth of the literally art may be followed, as well as enjoyed, each story is prefaced by a concise biographical/critical introduction. Also included are linguistic and cultural notes, a valuable Italian-English vocabulary, study questions on each story, and an informative essay on Italian fiction.show more

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  • Paperback | 364 pages
  • 134.62 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 385.55g
  • Dover Publications Inc.
  • New York, United States
  • English, Italian
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0486261808
  • 9780486261805
  • 72,770

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Designed for the language student as well as the lover of fine literature, this convenient dual-language book features eleven great short stories each one appearing in the original Italian, with vivid and accurate English translations on facing pages. Robert A. Hall, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Italian, Cornell University, has compileda stimulating and representative collection ranging from a 14th-century selection from Boccaccio's The Decameron to Alberto Moravia's "Competition," a 20th-century view of lower-and middle-class Italian life. Among the other works are Machiavelli's "Belfagor; Story of the Devil Who Took a Wife," Matteo Bandello's reflections of 16th-century morals in "Madonna Zilia," Giovanni Verga's objective portrayal of lower-class Sicilian life in "Rosso Malpelo," Gabriele d'Annunzio's revelations of a depraved peasantry in "The Idolaters," Luigi Pirandello's fascinating study of hypocritical social attitudes in "The Tight Frock Coat," as well as equally significant works by Antonio Fogazzaro, Renato Fucini, Aldo Palazzeschi, and Corrado Alvaro. Arranged chronologically so that the growth of the literary art may be followed, as well as enjoyed, each story is prefaced by a concise biographical/critical introduction. Also included are linguistic and cultural notes, a valuable Italian-English vocabulary, study questions on each story, and an informative essay on Italian fiction.Students of the Italian language will find the dual-language format timesaving and extremely helpful; readers of Italian literature will want to add this treasury of small masterworks to their personal libraries. Unabridged, slightly corrected Dover (1989) edition of the work published by Bantam Books, Inc., 1961."show more

Table of contents

FOREWORD GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO   "Il Decamerone: Giornata Ottava, Novella Terza "   "The Decameron: Eighth Day, Third Story " NICCOLÒ MACHIAVELLI   Belfagor; Novella del demonio che prese moglie   Belfagor; Story of the Devil Who Took a Wife MATTEO BANDELLO   Madonna Zilia   Madonna Zilia GIOVANNI VERGA   Rosso Malpelo   Rosso Malpelo ANTONIO FOGAZZARO   Un' idea di Ermes Torranza   An Idea of Hermes Torranza RENATO FUCINI   La Fonte de Pietrarsa   The Fountain of Pietrarsa GABRIELE D'ANNUNZIO   Gli Idolatri   The Idolaters LUIGI PIRANDELLO   Marsina stretta   The Tight Frock-Coat ALDO PALAZZESCHI   Bistino e il signor marchese   Bistino and the Marquis CORRADO ALVARO   I Giocàttoli Rotti   The Broken Toys ALBERTO MORAVIA   La Concorrenza   Competition NOTES QUESTIONNAIRE VOCABULARYshow more

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