Best Italian Literary Criticism Books

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1. Italian Vocabulary (Quick Study Academic)

Author: by Inc. BarCharts
Published at: QuickStudy; Lam Crds edition (June 30, 2004)
ISBN: 978-1572228283

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Packed with useful information for beginners of all ages. For the student, traveler or those who just need a little help.


2. My Name Is Vittoria

Author: by Dafna Vitale Ben Bassat
Published at: Independently published (December 29, 2019)
ISBN: 978-1679817441

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The fate of her entire family lies on her shoulders. Vittoria is a noble Jewish woman living in Northern Italy. With the onset of World War II, her life changes completely. When the Nazis invade her quiet town, Vittoria’s entire family is forced to flee and cross the border to Switzerland under fake identities.

But not everything goes according to plan. One of her children is not allowed to cross the border with the rest of the family and must be left behind. Now, Vittoria must make a critical decision that could scar her and her family forever.

This is the story of one unforgettable woman acting under impossible conditions, and that of the entire Italian Jewish community in the face of the Holocaust. It is a drama based on thorough research, interviews and original historical manuscripts about loss and despair, survival and human triumph.

This book will stay with you long after you put it down. My Name is Vittoria is the first book in the “World War II Brave Women” series.


3. Discourses on Livy (Oxford World's Classics)

Author: by Niccolo Machiavelli
Published at: Oxford University Press; Reissue edition (February 15, 2009)
ISBN: 978-0199555550

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Discourses on Livy, written in 1531, is as essential to an understanding of Machiavelli as his famous treatise, The Prince. Equally controversial, it reveals his fundamental preference for a republican state. Comparing the practice of the ancient Romans with that of his contemporaries provided Machiavelli with a consistent point of view in all his works.

Machiavelli’s close analysis of Livy’s history of Rome led him to advance his most original and outspoken view of politics-the belief that a healthy political body was characterized by social friction and conflict rather than by rigid stability. His discussion of conspiracies in Discourses on Livy is one of the most sophisticated treatments of archetypal political upheaval ever written.

In an age of increasing political absolutism, Machiavelli’s theories became a dangerous ideology. This new translation is richly annotated, providing the contemporary reader with sufficient historical, linguistic, and political information to understand and interpret the revolutionary affirmations Machiavelli made, based on the historical evidence he found in Livy.


4. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Volume 3: Paradiso

Author: by Robert M. Durling
Published at: Oxford University Press; Reprint edition (December 1, 2013)
ISBN: 978-0195087468

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Robert Durling’s spirited new prose translation of the Paradiso completes his masterful rendering of the Divine Comedy. Durling’s earlier translations of the Inferno and the Purgatorio garnered high praise, and with this superb version of the Paradiso readers can now traverse the entirety of Dante’s epic poem of spiritual ascent with the guidance of one of the greatest living Italian-to-English translators.

Reunited with his beloved Beatrice in the Purgatorio, in the Paradiso the poet-narrator journeys with her through the heavenly spheres and comes to know “the state of blessed souls after death.” As with the previous volumes, the original Italian and its English translation appear on facing pages.

Readers will be drawn to Durling’s precise and vivid prose, which captures Dante’s extraordinary range of expression-from the high style of divine revelation to colloquial speech, lyrical interludes, and scornful diatribes against corrupt clergy. This edition boasts several unique features.


5. The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri: Volume 1: Inferno

Author: by Dante Alighieri
Published at: Oxford University Press; Illustrated edition (March 6, 1997)
ISBN: 978-0195087444

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This is the first volume of a new prose translation of Dante’s epic – the first in twenty-five years. Robert Durling’s translation brings a new power and accuracy to the rendering of Dante’s extraordinary vision of Hell, with its terror, pathos, and sardonic humour, and its penetrating analyses of the psychology of sin and the ills that plague society.

A newly edited version of the Italian text can be on facing pages, and this edition includes fully comprehensive notes as well as sixteen essays on special subjects.


6. Purgatorio: The Divine Comedy of Dante Alighieri, Vol. 2

Author: by Robert M. Durling
Published at: Oxford University Press (April 8, 2004)
ISBN: 978-0195087451

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In the early 1300s, Dante Alighieri set out to write the three volumes which make the up The Divine Comedy. Purgatorio is the second volume in this set and opens with Dante the poet picturing Dante the pilgrim coming out of the pit of hell.

Similar to the Inferno (34 cantos), this volume is divided into 33 cantos, written in tercets (groups of 3 lines). The English prose is arranged in tercets to facilitate easy correspondence to the verse form of the Italian on the facing page, enabling the reader to follow both languages line by line.

In an effort to capture the peculiarities of Dante’s original language, this translation strives toward the literal and sheds new light on the shape of the poem. Again the text of Purgatorio follows Petrocchi’s La Commedia secondo l’antica vulgata, but the editor has departed from Petrocchi’s readings in a number of cases, somewhat larger than in the previous Inferno, not without consideration of recent critical readings of the Comedy by scholars such as Lanza (1995, 1997) and Sanguineti (2001).


7. The Giant: A Novel of Michelangelo's David

Author: by Laura Morelli
Published at: The Scriptorium (May 12, 2020)
ISBN: 978-1942467366

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As a colossal statue takes shape in Renaissance Florence, the lives of a master sculptor and a struggling painter become stunningly intertwined.Florence, 1500. Fresco painter Jacopo Torni longs to make his mark in the world. But while his peers enjoy prestigious commissions, his meager painting jobs are all earmarked to pay down gambling debts.

When Jacopo hears of a competition to create Florence’s greatest sculpture, he pins all his hopes on a collaboration with his boyhood companion, Michelangelo Buonarroti. But will the frustrated artist ever emerge from the shadow of his singularly gifted friend?

From the author of THE PAINTER’S APPRENTICE and THE GONDOLA MAKER comes a gorgeously crafted, immersive tale of Renaissance Italy. Based on a true story.


8. The Decameron (Norton Critical Editions)

Author: by Giovanni Boccaccio
Published at: W. W. Norton & Company; First edition (September 21, 2015)
ISBN: 978-0393935622

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This volume presents fifty-five stories, newly translated, of the hundred novelle that comprise Boccaccio’s masterpiece. Winner of the 2014 PEN USA Literary Award for Translation This Norton Critical Edition includes: Fifty-five judiciously chosen stories from Wayne A. Rebhorn’s translation of The Decameron.

Introductory materials and explanatory footnotes by Wayne A. Rebhorn, along with three maps. Biographical works by Filippo Villani and Ludovico Dolce along with literary studies by Francesco Petrarca, Andreas Capellanus, and Boccaccio. Eleven critical essays, including those by Giuseppe Mazzotta, Millicent Marcus, Teodolinda Barolini, Susanne L.

Wofford, Luciano Rossi, and Richard Kuhns. A Chronology and a Selected Bibliography.


9. The Story of My Life (Penguin Classics)

Author: by Giacomo Casanova
Published at: Penguin Classics; Reissue edition (May 1, 2001)
ISBN: 978-0140439151

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Seducer, gambler, necromancer, swindler, swashbuckler, poet, self-made gentleman, bon vivant, Giacomo Casanova was not only the most notorious lover of the Western world, but a supreme story teller. He lived a life stranger than most fictions, and the tale of his own adventures is his most compelling story, and one that remained unfinished at the time of his death.

This new selection contains all the highlights of Casanova’s life: his youth in Venice as a precocious ecclesiastic; his dabbling in the occult; his imprisonment and thrilling escape; and his amorous conquests, ranging from noblewomen to nuns.

10. Vita Nuova (Oxford World's Classics)

Author: by Dante Alighieri
Published at: Oxford University Press; 1st edition (July 15, 2008)
ISBN: 978-0199540655

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Vita Nuova (1292-94) is regarded as Dante’s most profound creation. The thirty-one poems in this, the first of his major writings, are linked by a lyrical prose narrative celebrating and debating the subject of love. Composed upon Dante’s meeting with Beatrice and the “Lord of Love,” it is a love story set to the task of confirming the “new life” this meeting inspired.

With a critical introduction and explanatory notes, this is a new translation of a supreme work which has been read variously as biography, religious allegory, and a meditation on poetry itself. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World’s Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe.

Each affordable volume reflects Oxford’s commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.

11. The Key to The Name of the Rose: Including Translations of All Non-English Passages (Ann Arbor Paperbacks)

Author: by Adele J. Haft
Published at: University of Michigan Press; Revised ed. edition (August 27, 1999)
ISBN: 978-0472086214

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Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose is a brilliant mystery set in a fictitious medieval monastery. The text is rich with literary, historical, and theoretical references that make it eminently re-readable. The Key makes each reading fuller and more meaningful by helping the interested reader not merely to read but also to understand Eco’s masterful work.

Inspired by pleas from friends and strangers, the authors, each trained in Classics, undertook to translate and explain the Latin phrases that pepper the story. They have produced an approachable, informative guide to the book and its setting-the middle ages.

The Key includes an introduction to the book, the middle ages, Umberto Eco, and philosophical and literary theories; a useful chronology; and reference notes to historical people and events. The clear explanations of the historical setting and players will be useful to anyone interested in a general introduction to medieval history.Adele J.

Haft is Associate Professor of Classics, Hunter College, City University of New York.Jane G. White is chair of the Department of Languages, Dwight Englewood School.Robert J. White is Professor of Classics and Oriental Studies, Hunter College, City University of New York.

12. Reading Dante (The Open Yale Courses Series)

Author: by Giuseppe Mazzotta
Published at: Yale University Press (January 14, 2014)
ISBN: 978-0300191356

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A towering figure in world literature, Dante wrote his great epic poem Commedia in the early fourteenth century. The work gained universal acclaim and came to be known as La Divina Commedia, or The Divine Comedy. Giuseppe Mazzotta brings Dante and his masterpiece to life in this exploration of the man, his cultural milieu, and his endlessly fascinating works.

Based on Mazzotta’s highly popular Yale course, this book offers a critical reading of The Divine Comedy and selected other works by Dante. Through an analysis of Dante’s autobiographical Vita nuova, Mazzotta establishes the poetic and political circumstances of The Divine Comedy.

He situates the three sections of the poemInferno, Purgatory, Paradisewithin the intellectual and social context of the late Middle Ages, and he explores the political, philosophical, and theological topics with which Dante was particularly concerned.

13. Times Alone: Selected Poems of Antonio Machado (Wesleyan Poetry in Translation)

Author: by Antonio Machado
Published at: Wesleyan University Press; Bilingual Spanish-English ed. edition (July 15, 1983)
ISBN: 978-0819560810

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Antonio Machado, a school teacher and philosopher and one of Spain’s foremost poets of the twentieth century, writes of the mountains, the skies, the farms and the sentiments of his homeland clearly and without narcissism: “Just as before, I’m interested/in water held in;/ but now water in the living/rock of my chest.” “Machado has vowed not to soar too much; he wants to ‘go down to the hells’ or stick to the ordinary,” Robert Bly writes in his introduction.

He brings to the ordinaryto time, to landscape and stony earth, to bean fields and cities, to events and dreamsmagical sound that conveys order, penetrating sight and attention. “The poems written while we are awakeare more original and more beautiful, and sometimes more wild than those made from dreams,” Machado said.

In the newspapers before and during the Spanish Civil War, he wrote of political and moral issues, and, in 1939, fled from Franco’s army into the Pyrenees, dying in exile a month later. When in 1966 a bronze bust of Machado was to be unveiled in a town here he had taught school, thousands of people came in pilgrimage only to find the Civil Guard with clubs and submachine guns blocking their way.