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The Decameron, Paperback / softback Book


Ten young Florentines flee the Black Death of 1348 by escaping to a country villa overlooking the city.

There they spend ten days telling each other one hundred stories.

Their stories run the gamut of medieval genres-romance, tragedy, comedy and farce-and are rich with wit, earthiness and even bawdy irreverence. Boccaccio's reputation as one of the world's greatest authors rests entirely on this singular, overflowing work.

A tribute to the essential power of storytelling and laughter, even in the most trying times, The Decameron has been a source and inspiration for countless other storytellers over the centuries.

Published on the 700th anniversary of Boccaccio's birth, Wayne A.

Rebhorn's Decameron now speaks to us directly in a "lively, contemporary...

English" (Stephen Greenblatt).


  • Format: Paperback / softback
  • Pages: 1024 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton & Co
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780393350265

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