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The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio


In Boccaccio’s masterpiece, ten noble souls find solace from the Black Death in a collection of one hundred tales, offering a rich tapestry of human experience in the aftermath of tragedy.

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In the wake of the Black Death’s shattering grip on Florence, Giovanni Boccaccio’s “The Decameron” emerges as a timeless testament to the resilience of the human spirit, weaving a tapestry of one hundred tales that illuminate the breadth and depth of the human experience. Set against the backdrop of a country villa where ten noble souls seek refuge from the ravages of plague, Boccaccio’s masterful prose transports readers into a world teeming with vivid portraits of characters from all walks of life.

With the deft hand of a seasoned dramatist, Boccaccio crafts a mesmerizing mosaic of human emotion and intrigue, where fate and desire collide in a whirlwind of crises and quick-thinking. Themes playfully echo and reverberate from one tale to the next, ensnaring readers in a web of narrative virtuosity that captivates the imagination and stirs the soul.

Guido Waldman’s new translation breathes fresh life into Boccaccio’s masterpiece, capturing the exuberance and variety of his prose with unparalleled elegance and precision. As readers journey through the labyrinthine corridors of “The Decameron,” they are enveloped in a symphony of storytelling that transcends time and space, inviting them to ponder the enduring mysteries of human existence.

With each turn of the page, Boccaccio’s magnum opus beckons readers into a realm where laughter and tears mingle in equal measure, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts and minds of all who dare to venture within its pages.

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The Decameron


Oxford University Press


Giovanni Boccaccio

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ISBN/EAN        9780199540419