Rome Tales

Paperback | July 12, 2011

EditorHelen ConstantinebyHugh Shankland

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In ways no guide book can achieve, these twenty absorbing tales by Italian authors ranging from Boccaccio in the Middle Ages to Giacomo Casanova in the eighteenth century, to Pier-Paolo Pasolini in the twentieth and contemporary new writers such as Melania Mazzucco and Igiaba Scego, offer thedelight of discovering and exploring one of the world's most unique cities thorough a wide variety of individual lives and epochs. The tales span seven hundred years but rather than being ordered chronologically, old and new appear alongside one another, reflecting the dual identity of Rome - thriving, modern metropolis and ancient city centre that is one of the wonders of the world. The tales are wonderfully varied in style,tone, and subject matter. Casanova sets about seducing the hotelier's daughter only minutes after his arrival, a notorious Spanish prostitute in Renaissance Rome endures a public hiding without flinching, a Danish tourist in her sixties finds an unusual lover, Pope John Paul II uncovers a vastconspiracy against him, a medieval revolutionary demagogue suffers almost the same fate as Mussolini. Each story is illustrated with a black-and-white photograph and there is a map of Rome to help readers locate the important sites which feature in the text. A deep sense of timelessness, of separate destinies entwined across a gulf of centuries, is the cumulative effect of this vivid mosaic ofdramatic, comic, and tragic stories set in the Eternal City.

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In ways no guide book can achieve, these twenty absorbing tales by Italian authors ranging from Boccaccio in the Middle Ages to Giacomo Casanova in the eighteenth century, to Pier-Paolo Pasolini in the twentieth and contemporary new writers such as Melania Mazzucco and Igiaba Scego, offer thedelight of discovering and exploring one of ...

Helen Constantine taught languages in schools until 2000, when she became a full-time translator. She has published two volumes of translated stories, Paris Tales and French Tales, and is currently editing a series of City Tales for Oxford University Press. She has translated Mademoiselle de Maupin by Theophile Gautier and Dangerous Li...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 7.72 × 5.08 × 0.07 inPublished:July 12, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199572461

ISBN - 13:9780199572465

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General IntroductionIntroductionGiovanni Boccaccio: Abraham the JewPier Paolo Pasolini: ReleaseGiacomo Casanova: The New ThereseErri De Luca: The Shirt on the WallAnonymous Roman: Cola Di RienzoGoffredo Parise: FreedomMelania Mazzucco: Blue CarEnnio Flaiano: Via Veneto NotesFrancesco Mandica: Lorette EllerupElisabetta Rasy: Two Days to ChristmasMatteo Bandello: Isabella De LunaVincenzo Cerami: The Rubber TwinsGiorgio Vigolo: The Beautiful HandDacia Maraini: The Girl with the BraidGiacomo Debenedetti: 16 October 1943Sandro Onofri: SamiaIgiaba Scego: ExmatriatesAlberto Moravia: Romulus and RemusCorrado Alvaro: The Small HoursGiosue Calaciura: The Sound of WoodwormNotes on the AuthorsFurther Reading and ViewingMapPublisher's Acknowledgments