The Decameron

The Decameron

Description

Ten young Florentines flee the Black Death of 1348 by escaping to a country villa overlooking the city. There they spend ten days telling each other one hundred stories. Their stories run the gamut of medieval genres-romance, tragedy, comedy and farce-and are rich with wit, earthiness and even bawdy irreverence.

Boccaccio's reputation as one of the world's greatest authors rests entirely on this singular, overflowing work. A tribute to the essential power of storytelling and laughter, even in the most trying times, The Decameron has been a source and inspiration for countless other storytellers over the centuries. Published on the 700th anniversary of Boccaccio's birth, Wayne A. Rebhorn's Decameron now speaks to us directly in a "lively, contemporary... English" (Stephen Greenblatt).


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Details

Author(s)
Giovanni Boccaccio, Wayne A. Rebhorn
Format
Paperback | 1024 pages
Dimensions
140 x 208 x 46mm | 750g
Publication date
02 Nov 2015
Publisher
WW Norton & Co
Publication City/Country
New York, United States
Language
English
Edition Statement
Reprint
ISBN10
0393350266
ISBN13
9780393350265
Bestsellers rank
79,663