Witty, earthy, and filled with bawdy irreverence, the one hundred stories of The Decameron offer more than simple escapism; they are also a life-affirming balm for trying times. The Decameron is a joyously comic book that has earned its place in world literature not just because it makes us laugh, but more importantly because it shows us how essential laughter is to the human condition.
Published on the 700th anniversary of Boccaccio's birth, Wayne A. Rebhorn's new translation of The Decameron introduces a generation of readers to this "rich late-medieval feast" in a "lively, contemporary, American-inflected English" (Stephen Greenblatt, Harvard University) even as it retains the distinctly medieval flavor of Boccaccio's rhetorically expressive prose.
An extensive introduction provides useful details about Boccaccio's historical and cultural milieu, the themes and particularities of the text, and the lines of influence flowing into and out of this towering monument of world literature.
Publisher: WW Norton & Co
Number of pages: 1024
Weight: 1130 g
Dimensions: 244 x 170 x 46 mm
"Wayne A. Rebhorn deserves our gratitude for an eminently persuasive translation of Boccaccio's collection of tales...I celebrate his accomplishment." -- Edith Grossman, translator of Don Quixote
"A lively, readable translation of the greatest short story collection of all time. The laugh-out-loud quality of Boccaccio's delicious vernacular is admirably preserved." -- Leonard Barkan, Princeton University
"This superb, powerful, beautifully crafted, and indeed definitive translation of The Decameron introduces readers anew to the sparkling and colorful writing of a pre-Renaissance Italian master." -- Valeria Finucci, Duke University
"Ser Cepparello, Andreuccio, and Calandrino have never come across so well in English-Wayne Rebhorn's vibrant new translation makes Boccaccio's scoundrels and victims alike come back to life." -- Jane Tylus, New York University
"A thoughtful piece of work... . This is the version [of The Decameron] I would recommend." -- Joan Acocella - The New Yorker