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Senso: And Other Stories (Decadence from Dedalus) (Dedalus European Classics) Paperback – 3 Aug 2018
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A pity that Boito wrote so little. On the basis of this volume alone, his talent occasionally amounts to a pocket-sized genius. --Jonathan Keates in The Observer
About the Author
Camillo Boito(1836-1914) is the author of 17 novellas and short stories published between 1867 and 1895. Highly praised during his life time his stories are still in print. The best know is Senso.
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The first is Senso where a vain and selfish woman embarks on adulterous affairs where she expects men to fall at her feet. When she embarks on an affair with an army officer who is a coward and manages to keep him out of fighting she is shocked to find that the bribes she had been paying has meant that the man has set up with another woman. Taking her revenge she denounces him to the authorities, along with the names of the doctors who have stated him as unwell - with fatal consequences.
A Body is about the woman that an artist loves and the doctor who wants her corpse for his dissecting table when she dies.
Christmas Eve is about a man who was in love with his dead sister and how he becomes infatuated with a shop girl leading to sad results.
Vade Retro, Satana is about a small town priest, his lusts and the corruption, intrigues etc that he sees around him. Trying to get him out of the way so that he doesn't stop people being conned first he is made aware of a plot to poison him, and then he is removed from his post by the Bishop.
The Grey Blotch is about a man who abandons his new young lover with her voracious appetites with disastrous consequences.
The final tale is Buddha's Collar where a man becomes distraught when he thinks that he may have rabies, this is really darkly comic and in all the tales there is a vein of black humour running through them in deep undertones.
If you love a good read then try this book, I'm sure that like me you will not be disappointed.