Cavalleria Rusticana and Other Stories

Cavalleria Rusticana and Other Stories


Introduction by: G. H. McWilliam
Translator: G. H. McWilliam

Format
Paperback
Price
$16.00
 
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780140447415
  • 272 Pages
  • Penguin Classics
  • 18 and up

Overview

The stories of Giovanni Verga (1840-1922) are wonderful evocations of ordinary Italian life, focusing in particular on his native Sicily. In an original and dynamic prose style, he portrays such eternal human themes as love, honour and adultery with rich and colourful language. The inspiration for Mascagni’s opera, ‘Cavalleria Rusticana’ depicts a young man’s triumphal return home from the army, spoilt when he learns that his beloved is engaged to another man. Verga’s acute awareness of the hardships and aspirations of peasant life can be seen in stories such as ‘Nedda’, ‘Picturesque Lives’ and ‘Black Bread’, while others such as ‘The Reverend’ and ‘Don Licciu Papa’ show the dominance of the church and the law in the Sicilian communities he portrays so vividly.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction
Bibliography
Note on Sicilian Terms

Nedda

from VITA DEI CAMPI


Cavalleria rusticana
The She-Wolf
Picturesque Lives
Jeli the Shepherd
Rosso Malpelo
Gramigna’s Mistress
War of the Saints
How, When and Why

from NOVELLE RUSTICANE
The Reverend
Getting to know the King
Don Licciu Papa
Malaria
Property
Black Bread
Bigwigs
Freedom

OTHER STORIES
Springtime
Wolf-hunt

Maps
Notes

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