The Decameron

The Decameron

Book - 2013
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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).

Publisher: New York : W.W. Norton & Company, 2013.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780393069303
Characteristics: pages cm
Additional Contributors: Rebhorn, Wayne A. 1943-- Translator


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Apr 25, 2020

14th century classic by the Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio. Like "The Canterbury Tales" and "1001 Nights," it's a compendium of tales and uses a frame narrative. It's interesting to read now, as it's set during a plague. 10 people flee to the country and then pass the time by telling stories. Many are about love and deception. Some are quite racy! The controversial Italian director Pasolini made a very explicit film based on it. The recent film "Little Hours," was also inspired by the stories.

Nov 21, 2015

The Decameron is a classic. If you like reading good, old stories, you may like this book. Some of the stories are very, very interesting. Some may be boring to some people. This book is divided into 10 days with 10 stories each day. The story was originally written in Italian. So, be reminded that this book is an English translation. The translation was done pretty well. If you like reading old, short stories, this book is a good read.


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