Passions by Giacomo LeopardiPassions by Giacomo Leopardi


byGiacomo LeopardiTranslated byTim Parks

Hardcover | October 7, 2014

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Selections from Leopardi’s prose masterwork, Zibaldone, one of the great intellectual diaries in European literature, expertly translated by Tim Parks

Revenge—Revenge is so sweet one often wishes to be insulted so as to be able to take revenge, and I don’t mean just by an old enemy, but anyone, or even (especially when in a really bad mood) by a friend.—from Passions
The extraordinary quality of Giacomo Leopardi’s writing and the innovative nature of his thought were never fully recognized in his lifetime. Zibaldone, his 4,500-page intellectual diary—a vast collection of thoughts on philosophy, civilization, literary criticism, linguistics, humankind and its vanities, and other varied topics—remained unpublished until more than a half-century after his death. But shortly before he died, Leopardi began to organize a small, thematic collection of his writings in an attempt to give structure and system to his philosophical musings. Now freshly translated into English by master translator, novelist, and critic Tim Parks, Leopardi’s Passions presents 164 entries reflecting the full breadth of human passion. The volume offers a fascinating introduction to Leopardi’s arguments and insights, as well as a glimpse of the concerns of thinkers to come, among them Nietzsche, Dostoyevsky, Wittgenstein, Gadda, and Beckett.
Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) was a prolific writer, translator, and thinker in Italy during the years of European upheaval that followed the French Revolution. He became a fluent translator of Latin, Greek, and Hebrew, earned high regard as the "first modern Italian classic poet," and is also esteemed for his diverse prose work. Tim Pa...
Title:PassionsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:232 pages, 7.75 × 5 × 0.88 inPublished:October 7, 2014Publisher:Yale University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0300186339

ISBN - 13:9780300186338


Editorial Reviews

‘Rendering Leopardi into English presents formidable challenges … Parks, is well aware of these challenges; his brilliant “Translator’s Note” will become indispensable to anyone interested in Leopardi, traduttore.’ - Joseph Luzzi, Times Literary Supplement