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The Viceroys (1894)

by Federico De Roberto

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Series: Uzeda (2)

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A lost literary classic, written in 1894, The Viceroys is one of the most acclaimed masterworks of Italian realism. The novel follows three generations of the aristocratic Uzeda family as it struggles to hold on to power in the face of the cataclysmic changes rocking Sicily. As Garibaldi's triumphs move Italy toward unification, the Uzedas try every means to retain their position. De Roberto's satirical and mordant pen depicts a cast of upper-class schemers, headed by the old matriarch, Donna Teresa, and exemplified by her arrogant and totally unscrupulous son, Consalvo, who rises to political eminence through lip service, double-dealing, and hypocrisy. The Viceroys is a vast dramatic panorama: a new world fighting to shrug off the viciousness and iniquities of the old.… (more)
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Abituati a considerare come unico capolavoro italiano del periodo "Il Gattopardo", vi dico che questo è ancora più bello e storicamente valido. Il libro è un capolavoro assoluto, non capisco proprio perchè in Italia non sia stato apprezzato come merita (anche se ultimamente, complice uno sceneggiato televisivo, viene rivalutato). Il romanzo è scritto benissimo, in un italiano ottimo che ci fa inorgoglire della nostra bella lingua, è avvincente e fa riflettere molto sul nostro paese. Leggendo questo libro si capisce molto del perchè siamo arrivati ad essere messi così male come nazione. Da questo affresco storico si capiscono quali idee e motivazioni muovono le azioni della classe culturale e politica italiana, si capisce il perchè del nostro agire e pensare da levantino. direi che è un romanzo geniale ( )
  SirJo | Sep 4, 2017 |
An outstanding novel as fresh today as it was when it was first published in 1894.
I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Verso Books via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review. ( )
  Welsh_eileen2 | Jan 23, 2016 |
One of the most beautiful italian novel!
  Melissande | Jun 8, 2008 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Federico De Robertoprimary authorall editionscalculated
Baldacci, LuigiContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lavagetto , MarioIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sabbatucci, GiovanniForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Scholtz, A.M.L.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sciascia, LeonardoContributorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Giuseppe, dinanzi al portone, trastullava il suo bambino, cullandolo sulle braccia, mostrandogli lo scudo marmoreo infisso al sommo dell’arco, la rastrelliera inchiodata sul muro del vestibolo dove, ai tempi antichi, i lanzi del principe appendevano le alabarde, quando s’udì e crebbe rapidamente il rumore d’una carrozza arrivante a tutta carriera; e prima ancora che egli avesse il tempo di voltarsi, un legnetto sul quale pareva fosse nevicato, dalla tanta polvere, e il cui cavallo era tutto spumante di sudore, entrò nella corte con assordante fracasso. Dall’arco del secondo cortile affacciaronsi servi e famigli: Baldassarre, il maestro di casa, schiuse la vetrata della loggia del secondo piano, intanto che Salvatore Cerra precipitavasi dalla carrozzella con una lettera in mano.
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A lost literary classic, written in 1894, The Viceroys is one of the most acclaimed masterworks of Italian realism. The novel follows three generations of the aristocratic Uzeda family as it struggles to hold on to power in the face of the cataclysmic changes rocking Sicily. As Garibaldi's triumphs move Italy toward unification, the Uzedas try every means to retain their position. De Roberto's satirical and mordant pen depicts a cast of upper-class schemers, headed by the old matriarch, Donna Teresa, and exemplified by her arrogant and totally unscrupulous son, Consalvo, who rises to political eminence through lip service, double-dealing, and hypocrisy. The Viceroys is a vast dramatic panorama: a new world fighting to shrug off the viciousness and iniquities of the old.

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Argent et Pouvoir
Seuls, peuvent émouvoir les Princes
Quelque soit l'époque

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