From Mark's list on historical fiction and mysteries set in Italy.
The Decameron is an absolute classic of world literature. This 14th-century Italian work remains entirely readable and accessible. The main story: seven young women and three young men living in Florence have decided to try to escape the ravages of the plague, the Black Death, that has hit the city. They decide to flee to a villa in the country. Once there, they agree to pass the time by each of them telling one story each day for ten days. These one hundred short tales of love are extraordinarily entertaining, exciting, bawdy and full of life. A real classic for a good reason.
Why should I read it?
5 authors picked The Decameron as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.
What is this book about?
In the summer of 1348, as the Black Death ravages their city, ten young Florentines take refuge in the countryside...
Taken from the Greek, meaning 'ten-day event', Boccaccio's Decameron sees his characters amuse themselves by each telling a story a day, for the ten days of their confinement - a hundred stories of love and adventure, life and death, and surprising twists of fate. Less preoccupied with abstract concepts of morality or religion than earthly values, the tales range from the bawdy Peronella, hiding her lover in a tub, to Ser Cepperallo, who, despite his unholy effrontery, becomes a Saint.…
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