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Zibaldone [Kindle Edition]

Giacomo Leopardi , Michael Caesar , Franco D'Intino
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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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.


About the Author

Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), Italy's first and greatest modern poet, was also a critic, philosopher and philologist. His enormous Zibaldone, or philosophical and critical notebook, which many consider one of the great books of the 19th century, will be published in Penguin Classics in 2012.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 6867 KB
  • Print Length: 2591 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374296820
  • Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux (16 July 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Step into a great mind 24 Sept. 2013
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It's unlikely that I will ever finish this book, but that's not the point. And what a prospect! A companion for life. Opening one of the 2500 pages leads me to thinking and ideas that are so clear and fresh, all the more so for not being in our contemporary style of writing, but still so accessible.

It is a substantial hardcover book but the paper is obviously wafer thin to fit the pages into a book about 5cm thick. This makes the pages feel fragile, to be handled with the same care as reading the contents. Definitely not for my e-book collection.

A great present for a person who really enjoys books and reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bite the bullet 8 Oct. 2013
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I was rather daunted by the price when I first saw this reviewed and then saw a copy in a bookshop. £50 did seem rather a lot even for 2.5k pages. However, when Amazon brought the price down by about £20 I took the plunge. On dipping in and out of this book I can now say that the original price was still worth it. This is a marvellous insight into a great mind which flows over so many different topics with grace and confidence. Even the sections where the sentences are long and rambling are revealing of Leopardi working through a particular train of thought in a diverting way. The publishers are bringing out a paperback in September 2014, but I would advise that you seriously think about buying the hardback. The paper is very thin, but of good quality, and I had the feeling that such a large paperback would begin to fall apart after some reading (although Penguin may decide on a two volume edition to cope with this, I wouldn't bet on it.) Buy and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent and Essential! 19 Nov. 2014
Format:Kindle Edition
I purchased the hardback version and I am very pleased. The authors have made an excellent job of translating Leopardi's biblical Zibaldone in English. Having gone through some sections of the original Italian version I soon realized that the enchanting aspect of Leopardi's style had not been lost. His contrived arguments still provoke a subtle need to unravel and unlock his most intimate thoughts on an infinite variety of subjects, from classical to modern literature, science and philosophy, all wrapped up in a melancholic veil characteristic of the anticipation of the postmodern era.

The index provides the necessary information to navigate through the 2000 pages of writings, by classifying each of Leopardi's entries by subject (e.g. Love, Life, War, Homer, etc.).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a spot-on dead italian polymath 6 Sept. 2013
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this fascinating but very thick book is not intended for a systematic read but is perfect for dipping into. there is something of philosophical or literary interest on every page but not many will chime with leopaedi's exceptionally bleak world view.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Zibaldone 21 Aug. 2014
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A wonderful book that I can dip into whenever I need a antidote to the noise of contemporary debate
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