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Zibaldone

by Giacomo Leopardi Author · Kathleen Baldwin Translator

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A groundbreaking translation of the epic work of one of the great minds of the nineteenth century

Giacomo Leopardi was the greatest Italian poet of the nineteenth century and was recognized by readers from Nietzsche to Beckett as one of the towering literary figures in Italian history. To many, he is the finest Italian poet after Dante. (Jonathan Galassi's translation of Leopardi's Canti was published by FSG in 2010.)
He was also a prodigious scholar of classical literature and philosophy, and a voracious reader in numerous ancient and modern languages. For most of his writing career, he kept an immense notebook, known as the Zibaldone, or "hodge-podge," as Harold Bloom has called it, in which Leopardi put down his original, wide-ranging, radically modern responses to his reading. His comments about religion, philosophy, language, history, anthropology, astronomy, literature, poetry, and love are unprecedented in their brilliance and suggestiveness, and the Zibaldone, which was only published at the turn of the twentieth century, has been recognized as one of the foundational books of modern culture. Its 4,500-plus pages have never been fully translated into English until now, when a team under the auspices of Michael Caesar and Franco D'Intino of the Leopardi Centre in Birmingham, England, have spent years producing a lively, accurate version. This essential book will change our understanding of nineteenth-century culture. This is an extraordinary, epochal publication.

Publication Details

Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication Date:
2013

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  • Adobe EPUB eBook 4.3 MB

Michael Caesar (Editor)

Franco D'Intino is the co-editor of Zibaldone.

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Giacomo Leopardi (Author)

Giacomo Leopardi was born in Recanati, a small town in the Italian Marches, in 1798. Renowned in his youth as a classical scholar, he suffered from poor health all his life and never experienced happiness in love. He visited Rome, Bologna, and Flo...

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Kathleen Baldwin (Translator)

Michael Caesar is the co-editor of Zibaldone.

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Creators

Editor :
Michael Caesar
Translator :
Pamela Williams
Translator :
Ann Goldstein
Author :
Giacomo Leopardi
Editor :
Franco D'Intino
Translator :
Richard Dixon
Translator :
Kathleen Baldwin
Translator :
Martin Thom
Translator :
David Gibbons
Translator :
Gerard Slowey
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