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The Inferno (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Dante Alighieri
1593083319
January 2005
Hardcover
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The Prince
Niccolo Machiavelli
0553212788
September 1, 1984
Mass Market Paperback
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Book Review
When Lorenzo de' Medici seized control of the Florentine Republic in 1512, he summarily fired the Secretary to the Second Chancery of the Signoria and set in motion a fundamental change in the way we think about politics. The person who held the aforementioned office with the tongue-twisting title was none other than Niccolò Machiavelli, who, suddenly finding himself out of a job after 14 years of patriotic service, followed the career trajectory of many modern politicians into punditry. Unable to become an on-air political analyst for a television network, he only wrote a book. But what a book The Prince is. Its essential contribution to modern political thought lies in Machiavelli's assertion of the then revolutionary idea that theological and moral imperatives have no place in the political arena. "It must be...


Immagini del Novecento Italiano
Pietro Frassica
013087552X
Jan 1987
Paperback
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Language Notes
Text: Italian
Introduction: English --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The Inferno (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Dante Alighieri
1593080514
September 2003
Paperback
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From Library Journal
If a recent spate of new translations is any evidence, Dante remains as popular as ever with the general reading public. Durling's new verse translation of the Inferno joins recent versions by Robert Pinsky (LJ 1/93) and Mark Musa (LJ 3/1/95). While Durling's translation (with Italian on the facing page) does not use Dante's rhyme or line divisions, it captures the metrical rhythm of the original. Similarly, his rendering of Dante's diction is literal and accurate, conveying the tone and feel while remaining accessible. Supplemented with an introduction, useful notes, and appendixes, this version, soon to be joined by Purgatorio and Paradiso, can be recommended to the general reader. In a new reader's guide to the Divine Comedy, Gallagher, a Catholic priest as well as a poet and scholar, presents the Comedy canto...


The Key to The Name of the Rose : Including Translations of All Non-English Passages
Adele J. Haft, et al
0472086219
October 15, 1999
Paperback
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Book Description
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...


Literary Imitation in the Italian Renaissance
Martin L. McLaughlin
0198158998
May 1996
Hardcover
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Book Description
This is the first book to offer a comprehensive survey of Italian Renaissance ideas on literary imitation, the key critical concept of the period. Covering both theory and practice, and both Latin and the vernacular, McLaughlin charts the development of the concept from the fourteenth to the
early sixteenth century, offering fresh insights into major works of Italian literature from Dante to Bembo.


Short Stories in Italian : New Penguin Parallel Text (New Penguin Parallel Texts)
Various, Nick Roberts (Editor)
0140265406
January 1, 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
This collection includes stories by established Italian literary figures such as Italo Calvino and Primo Levi as well as a new generation of writers. Aspects of Sicilian and Italian life are explored by Leonardo Sciascia and Goffredo Parise, while Antonio Tabucchi looks at the natures of reality.

Language Notes
Text: English, Italian (translation)
Original Language: Italian

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Purgatorio (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Dante Alighieri
1593083718
November 2005
Hardcover
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The Oxford Companion to Italian Literature
Peter Hainsworth
0198183321
Jan 2003
Hardcover
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From Booklist
Oxford Companions to English, French, and German literature are now joined by one that aims to present the whole of Italian literature, from the early thirteenth century to the present.Not surprisingly, ample space is afforded to important authors, such as Giovanni Boccaccio, Dante Alighieri, and Francesco Petrarch, from the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, to Umberto Eco and Luigi Pirandello, from the twentieth. These are matched by shorter entries on minor, yet significant, figures, including Carlo Collodi, author of the much-loved children's story Pinocchio. Important literary works appear under their English title when extremely well known as such (e.g., Dante's Divine Comedy , not Divina Commedia ). Otherwise, one must know the Italian (e.g., Pirandello's Sei personaggi in cerca...


Purgatorio (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Dante Alighieri
1593082193
June 2005
Paperback
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The Cambridge Companion to Dante (Cambridge Companions to Literature)
Rachel Jacoff (Editor)
0521427428
April 29, 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
This book provides an introduction to Dante that is at once accessible and challenging. Fifteen specially-commissioned essays by distinguished scholars provide background information and up-to-date critical perspectives on Dante's life and work, focusing on areas of central importance. Three essays introduce the three canticles of the Divine Comedy, and others explore the literary, intellectual and historical background to Dante's writings, his other works and his reception in the commentary tradition and in literature in English. The book also includes a chronological table and suggestions for further reading.


Secret of the Muses Retold
John T. Kirby
0226437477
Feb 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Precious repositories of ancient wisdom? Musty relics of outmoded culture? Timeless paragons of artistic achievement? Hegemonic tools of intellectual repression? Just what are the classics, anyway, and why do (or should) we still pay so much attention to them? What is the literary canon? What is myth, and how do we use it?

These are some of the questions that gave rise to John Kirby's Secret of the Muses Retold. This new study of works by five twentieth-century Italian writers investigates the abiding influence of the Greek and Roman classics, and their rich legacy in our own day. The result is not only a splendid introduction to contemporary Italian literature, but also a lucid and stimulating meditation on the insights that writers such as Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino have tapped from the wellspring of...


The Prince and Other Writings (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Niccol¿ Machiavelli
1593083289
November 2004
Hardcover
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Secret of the Muses Retold
John T. Kirby
0226437485
Feb 2001
Paperback
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Book Description
Precious repositories of ancient wisdom? Musty relics of outmoded culture? Timeless paragons of artistic achievement? Hegemonic tools of intellectual repression? Just what are the classics, anyway, and why do (or should) we still pay so much attention to them? What is the literary canon? What is myth, and how do we use it?

These are some of the questions that gave rise to John Kirby's Secret of the Muses Retold. This new study of works by five twentieth-century Italian writers investigates the abiding influence of the Greek and Roman classics, and their rich legacy in our own day. The result is not only a splendid introduction to contemporary Italian literature, but also a lucid and stimulating meditation on the insights that writers such as Umberto Eco and Italo Calvino have tapped from the wellspring of...


The Drowned and the Saved (Vintage International)
Primo Levi
067972186X
April 23, 1989
Paperback
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Book Review
This book, published months after Italian writer Primo Levi's suicide in 1987, is a small but powerful look at Auschwitz, the hell where Levi was imprisoned during World War II. The book was his third on the subject, following Survival in Auschwitz (1947) and The Reawakening (1963). Removed from the experience by time and age, Levi chose to serve more as an observer of the camp than the passionate young man of his previous work. He writes of "useless violence" inflicted by the guards on prisoners and then concludes the book with a discussion of the Germans who have written to him about their complicity in the event. In all, he tries to make sense of something that--as he knew--made no sense at all. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Understanding Dante (The William and Katherine Devers Series in Dante Studies)
John A. Scott
0268044511
January 15, 2005
Paperback
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Library Journal, September 15, 2004
"[H]ard to imagine a better single-volume handbook suitable as an introductory text for students and handy reference for scholars. "

Choice, June 2005
". . . concise, lucid, and elegant prose . . . [A] book that will enrich any library and any reader. Essential." --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Garcilaso de La Vega and the Italian Renaissance
Daniel L. Heiple
0271010169
Jan 1994
Hardcover
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Inferno
Dante Alighieri
0451527984
June 2001
Mass Market Paperback
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From Library Journal
If a recent spate of new translations is any evidence, Dante remains as popular as ever with the general reading public. Durling's new verse translation of the Inferno joins recent versions by Robert Pinsky (LJ 1/93) and Mark Musa (LJ 3/1/95). While Durling's translation (with Italian on the facing page) does not use Dante's rhyme or line divisions, it captures the metrical rhythm of the original. Similarly, his rendering of Dante's diction is literal and accurate, conveying the tone and feel while remaining accessible. Supplemented with an introduction, useful notes, and appendixes, this version, soon to be joined by Purgatorio and Paradiso, can be recommended to the general reader. In a new reader's guide to the Divine Comedy, Gallagher, a Catholic priest as well as a poet and scholar, presents the Comedy canto...


Beyond Right and Left
Maurice A. Finocchiaro
0300075359
Mar 1999
Hardcover
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Book Description
This provocative book examines the political ideas of two major twentieth-century Italian thinkers-Gaetano Mosca, a thorough-going conservative, and Antonio Gramsci, a humanist Marxist-and arrives at surprising conclusions. Maurice Finocchiaro argues that these representatives of the Right and the Left are closer to each other than is commonly supposed and that, in fact, they share the same political tradition of democratic elitism.


The Divine Comedy: The Inferno, Purgatorio, and Paradiso (Everyman's Library)
Dante Alighieri
0679433139
August 1995
Hardcover
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Review
“The English Dante of choice.” –Hugh Kenner

“Exactly what we have waited for these years, a Dante with clarity, eloquence, terror, and profoundly moving depths.” –Robert Fagles, Princeton University

“A marvel of fidelity to the original, of sobriety, and truly, of inspired poetry.” –Henri Peyre, Yale University

Book Description
The Divine Comedy begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year 1300. It proceeds on a journey that, in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience, has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity.

Allen Mandelbaum’s astonishingly Dantean translation, which captures so much of the life...


Travels in Hyperreality (Harvest Book)
Umberto Eco
0156913216
May 27, 1990
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
"This uneven collection reflects the Italian scholar's love of the Middle Ages--one essay compares American universities to monasteries, another focuses on Thomas Aquinas--though, for the most part, Eco relentlessly analyzes the present," reported PW. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
This smorgasbord of 26 pieces ultimately focuses on the boundaries of realism as exemplified by the"hyper reality" of American phenomena like the Madonna Inn, wax museums, San Simeon, theme parks, etc. Though his tone is witty, Eco's purpose remains that of the semiologist. He is concerned about "the systems of signs that we use to describe the world and tell it to one another," and aims both to expose the "messages" of political and economic power and of...


Images of Quattrocento Florence
Stefano Ugo Baldassarri
0300080514
May 2000
Hardcover
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Book Description
The Italian Quattrocento, particularly in Florence, was a period of increasing prosperity and the steady progression and dissemination of the ideals of humanism that were beginning to take root. This period of Florentine history, under the reign of the infamous Medici family, produced great masters of the visual arts and men of letters beyond compare, crafting not only a rich society but laying the footwork for the Italian and European Renaissance and great leaps in Western thought. This volume brings together over fifty sources from this period (many translated into English for the first time), which contributed to the emergence of a particularly Florentine civic ideology. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.


Survival In Auschwitz
Primo Levi
0684826801
September 1995
Paperback
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Book Review
Survival in Auschwitz is a mostly straightforward narrative, beginning with Primo Levi's deportation from Turin, Italy, to the concentration camp Auschwitz in Poland in 1943. Levi, then a 25-year-old chemist, spent 10 months in the camp. Even Levi's most graphic descriptions of the horrors he witnessed and endured there are marked by a restraint and wit that not only gives readers access to his experience, but confronts them with it in stark ethical and emotional terms: "[A]t dawn the barbed wire was full of children's washing hung out in the wind to dry. Nor did they forget the diapers, the toys, the cushions and the hundred other small things which mothers remember and which children always need. Would you not do the same? If you and your child were going to be killed tomorrow, would you not give him something to eat...


Dante Alighieri's Divine Comedy: Paradise-Italian Text And Verse Translation / Paradise-Commentary (Indiana Masterpiece Editions)
Mark Musa (Translator)
0253341388
February 28, 2005
Hardcover
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Images of Quattrocento Florence
Stefano Ugo Baldassarri
0300080522
May 2000
Paperback
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Book Description
The Italian Quattrocento, particularly in Florence, was a period of increasing prosperity and the steady progression and dissemination of the ideals of humanism that were beginning to take root. This period of Florentine history, under the reign of the infamous Medici family, produced great masters of the visual arts and men of letters beyond compare, crafting not only a rich society but laying the footwork for the Italian and European Renaissance and great leaps in Western thought. This volume brings together over fifty sources from this period (many translated into English for the first time), which contributed to the emergence of a particularly Florentine civic ideology.


Getting to Know Italy and Italian (Getting to Know Series)
Emma Sansone, Kim Wooley (Illustrator)
0812015347
February 4, 1993
Paperback
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Book Description
Children ages 8 through 12 enjoy a guided tour of Italy, with Italian landmarks, culture, history, foods, and much more. The text is in English, but many of the illustrations are bilingual--and the last six pages present an introduction to Italian words and phrases.

Card catalog description
Introduces the geography, culture, and language of France, explaining how to use and pronounce everyday words and phrases. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


The Prince and Other Writings (Barnes & Noble Classics Series)
Niccol¿ Machiavelli
1593080603
October 2003
Paperback
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Book Description

One of history’s greatest political philosophers, Niccolò Machiavelli is notorious for his treatise The Prince, which has become a cornerstone of modern political theory. Written in 1513 and published in 1532, after Machivelli’s death, The Prince immediately provoked controversy that has continued unabated to this day.

Defining human nature as inherently selfish, Machiavelli proposes that social conflict and violence are natural phenomena that help determine the ablest, most versatile form of government. Asserting that idealism has no place in the political arena, The Prince primarily addresses a monarch’s difficulties in retaining authority. Considered the first expression of political realism, it has often been accused of advocating a political philosophy...


The Cambridge Companion to Modern Italian Culture (Cambridge Companions to Culture)
Zygmunt G. Baranski (Editor), Rebecca J. West (Editor)
0521559820
August 16, 2001
Paperback
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Review
'... the twenty distinguished contributors to this book have done a splendid job in tackling a difficult and elusive phenomenon.' Modern Italy

Review
"Scholarly, comprehensive, critical, informative..." Carlin Romano

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The Name of the Rose: including Postscript to the Name of the Rose
Umberto Eco
0156001314
September 1994
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
This edition includes Eco's illuminating commentary, Postscript to the Name of the Rose. Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal
Eco's popular 1983 mystery here is bound with his 1985 Postscript to "The Name of the Rose," in which he describes the creation of the book and offers his theories of modern literature. This is the first paperback pairing of the two works.Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Italian Tales
Massimo Riva
0300095309
Jan 2005
Hardcover
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Review
"Massimo Riva has gathered together some of the most interesting voices in Italian literature at the end of the twentieth century, and he orients readers to these writers with verve and eloquence. This anthology of selected works, which reflect the genuine uniqueness of recent Italian fiction, provides a genuinely useful site of exploration for specialists and general readers alike."—Rebecca West, University of Chicago

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