2016年11月12日 星期六

The Decameron 十日談

The Decameron 十日談

    
Giovanni Boccaccio(1313-1375)/魏良雄/志文/義大利


Everyman's Library

"A kissed mouth doesn't lose its freshness, for like the moon it always renews itself."
“To have compassion for those who suffer is a human quality which everyone should possess, especially those who have required comfort themselves in the past and have managed to find it in others. ” 


--from DECAMERON (c. 1350) by Giovanni Boccaccio
"Although he was an old man approaching seventy, and the natural warmth had almost entirely departed from his body, his heart was so noble that he was not averse to welcoming the flames of love [...] He was mightily attracted by the lady, and, no differently than if he had been in the prime of his youth, he felt those flames so keenly in his mature old breast, that he never seemed able to sleep at night, unless in the course of the day he had seen the fair lady's fine and delectable features."
--from Pampinea's tale of Master Alberto in "Decameron" By Giovanni Boccaccio
In the summer of 1348, with the plague ravaging Florence, ten young men and women take refuge in the countryside, where they entertain themselves with tales of love, death, and corruption, featuring a host of characters, from lascivious clergymen and mad kings to devious lovers and false miracle-makers. Named after the Greek for “ten days,” Boccaccio’s book of stories draws on ancient mythology, contemporary history, and everyday life, and has influenced the work of myriad writers who came after him. J. G. Nichols’s new translation, faithful to the original but rendered in eminently readable modern English, captures the timeless humor of one of the great classics of European literature. A brilliant new translation of the work that Herman Hesse called “the first great masterpiece of European storytelling.” READ an excerpt here:http://knopfdoubleday.com/bo…/15360/decameron/9780307271716/


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