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The Book of the Virgins (Hesperus Classics) Paperback – 26 Jun 2003

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  • Paperback: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Hesperus Press Ltd (26 Jun. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1843910527
  • ISBN-13: 978-1843910527
  • Product Dimensions: 11.9 x 1 x 19 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 837,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'War hero, poet and symbol of fascist decadence in Mussolini's Italy, Gabriele D'Annunzio had a revival when John Krizanc made him a central character in his legendary play 'Tamara'. Now we can discover what the fuss was about with the first English translation of D'Annunzio's passionate coming-of-age novel, 'The Book of The Virgins'.' --ELLE Canada

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A spinster lies dying of typhus, her virgin body shrivelled and corrupted by disease. The priest performs extreme unction – no hope is held out for recovery. But Giuliana does not die, and gradually her life returns: first a ravenous hunger, then a repairing of the flesh, finally a total spiritual renewal. She is left a newborn adult, sensually aware, all taste for her past chaste life gone; but this new hyper-sensitivity, coupled with a complete sexual innocence, heralds an awakening of tragic proportions.

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