By Giovanni Boccaccio
The yr is 1348. The Black demise has all started to ravage Europe. Ten younger Florentines—seven girls and 3 men—escape the plague-infested urban and retreat to the geographical region round Fiesole. At their rest during this remoted and bucolic atmosphere, they spend ten days telling one another stories—tales of romance, tragedy, comedy, and farce—one hundred in all. the end result, referred to as through one critic "the maximum brief tale number of all time" (Leonard Barkan, Princeton college) is a wealthy and exciting social gathering of the medley of medieval life.
Witty, earthy, and packed with bawdy irreverence, the single hundred tales of The Decameron supply greater than basic escapism; also they are a life-affirming balm for making an attempt occasions. The Decameron is a joyously comedian e-book that has earned its position in global literature not only since it makes us chortle, yet extra importantly since it exhibits us how crucial laughter is to the human condition.
Published at the 700th anniversary of Boccaccio’s delivery, Wayne A. Rebhorn's new translation of The Decameron introduces a new release of readers to this "rich late-medieval feast" in a "lively, modern, American-inflected English" (Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard college) whilst it keeps the exceptionally medieval taste of Boccaccio's rhetorically expressive prose.
An huge advent offers precious information about Boccaccio's ancient and cultural milieu, the topics and particularities of the textual content, and the strains of effect flowing into and out of this towering monument of worldwide literature.