The House by the Medlar Tree by Giovanni VergaThe House by the Medlar Tree by Giovanni Verga

The House by the Medlar Tree

byGiovanni VergaTranslated byRaymond RosenthalIntroduction byGiovanni Cecchetti

Paperback | March 2, 1984

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Giovanni Verga (1840-1922) is the most important of the Italian Realist School of novelists. This new edition of The House by the Medlar Tree (I Malavoglia) makes the complete English version of his masterpiece available once more. The story of the Malavoglia, a family of poor Sicilian fisherman, is Verga's moving rendering of the theme of mankind's struggle for self-betterment, the dignity of the struggle in the face of poverty and hardship, and the tragedy that the struggle inevitably incurs.

D. H. Lawrence described Vega's work as "Homeric." Rayond Rosenthal's translation of I Malavoglia is the only complete version of this novel in English and conveys Vega's lyrical realism and the flavor of Sicialian village life superbly.

The book is introduced by Giovanni Ceccheti, whose own translations of Verga, Mastro-don Gesualdo and The She-Wolf and Other Stories, are also available from California.
A Sicilian, like Leonardo Sciascia and Luigi Pirandello, Verga was educated as a writer in Florence and Milan but drew on Sicily for the subject of his chief novels, plays, and short stories. In 1895 he returned permanently to Catania, his Sicilian birthplace, but by then he had already written his best novels of fictional realism (ver...
Title:The House by the Medlar TreeFormat:PaperbackDimensions:275 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.75 inPublished:March 2, 1984Publisher:University of California Press

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0520048504

ISBN - 13:9780520048508