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The Decameron
by Giovanni Boccaccio and G. H. McWilliam and G. H. McWilliam




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"The Decameron reads in some ways as a guide to social distancing and self-isolation." --The New York Times

"The 14th-century Italian book that shows us how to survive coronavirus." --New Statesman

A complete edition of the hilarious, bawdy, irreverent masterpiece of medieval Italy--and the inspiration for the film The Little Hours--in an acclaimed translation

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 with earthly values, the tales range from the bawdy Peronella hiding her lover in a tub to Ser Cepperello, 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. His introduction illuminates the worlds of Boccaccio and of his storytellers, showing Boccaccio as a master of vivid and exciting prose fiction.

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Overview

"The Decameron reads in some ways as a guide to social distancing and self-isolation." --The New York Times

"The 14th-century Italian book that shows us how to survive coronavirus." --New Statesman

A complete edition of the hilarious, bawdy, irreverent masterpiece of medieval Italy--and the inspiration for the film The Little Hours--in an acclaimed translation

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 with earthly values, the tales range from the bawdy Peronella hiding her lover in a tub to Ser Cepperello, 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. His introduction illuminates the worlds of Boccaccio and of his storytellers, showing Boccaccio as a master of vivid and exciting prose fiction.

 

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  • ISBN-13: 9780140449303
  • ISBN-10: 0140449302
  • Publisher: Penguin Group
  • Publish Date: April 2003
  • Page Count: 1072
  • Reading Level: Ages 18-UP
  • Dimensions: 7.78 x 5.1 x 1.84 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.59 pounds

Series: Penguin Classics

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