The Book of the Virgins (Hesperus Classics) Paperback – 26 Jun 2003
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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.See all Product description
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But this isn't quite the Ring cycle. Written in a refined but curious style, it sits happily alongside works by Loti or Verga, with a modern concern for the psychology of its characters, and a preoccupation with desire. It's innocent and insubstantial, but makes for a briefly diverting read. Hesperus is doing good work in reviving forgotten literature.
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