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Mastro Don Gesualdo (Italian Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Giovanni Verga

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Book Description

Giovanni Verga was an Italian realist writer, best known for his depictions of life in Sicily, and especially for the short story "Cavalleria Rusticana" and the novel "I Malavoglia".
"Mastro Don Gesualdo" is a masterpiece by Giovanni Verga. The novel focuses on the figure of Gesualdo Motta, a man who, during his life, sacrifices any affection for strictly economic reasons to find himself in the end, crushed and defeated by the drought which has been surrounded.
"Mastro Don Gesualdo" is set in Vizzini, Sicily, in the first half of the nineteenth century, during the Risorgimento.
The linguistic operation conducted by the writer in this novel is particularly complicated because of the heterogeneity of social classes represented, each one carrying its own vocabulary.
In the book, a biography of the author.


Giovanni Verga è lo scrittore italiano considerato comeil maggior esponente della corrente letteraria del verismo.
Mastro Don Gesualdo è uno dei capolavori di Giovanni Verga. Il romanzo è incentrato sulla figura di Gesualdo Motta, un uomo che nel corso della sua vita sacrifica ogni affetto a ragioni strettamente economiche ritrovandosi alla fine schiacciato e sconfitto dall’aridità di cui si è circondato.
Mastro Don Gesualdo è ambientato a Vizzini, in Sicilia, nella prima metà dell’Ottocento in periodo risorgimentale.
L’operazione linguistica condotta dallo scrittore risulta in questo romanzo particolarmente complessa, a causa dell’eterogeneità delle classi sociali rappresentate, ognuna portatrice di un lessico proprio.
Nel libro la biografia dell'autore ed una scheda sull'opera.

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Realistic novel of Sicilian life by Giovanni Verga, published in Italian in 1889. Mastro-don can be translated "Sir-Workman," a title that embodies the story's central dilemma. The protagonist, Gesualdo Motta, is a peasant who becomes a wealthy landowner through hard work and judicious business practices, but he cannot rise socially despite his marriage to the noble Bianca Trao. The decadence of the unbending Trao family is repeatedly contrasted with the honesty, strength, vitality, ingenuity, and ambition of Gesualdo. He is unable to understand why he becomes alienated from both the gentry and the peasantry; this lack of insight is the source of his tragedy. -- The Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature

Language Notes

Text: English, Italian (translation)

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  • File Size: 576 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Scrivere (April 11, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: Italian
  • ASIN: B003GXENBK
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  • Lending: Enabled
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