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Giovanni Verga

Giovanni Verga

 Giovanni Verga

Born in Catania in 1840, Giovanni Verga abandoned his law studies to concentrate on his writing. He moved to Florence in 1865 where he wrote his first novels, "Una peccatrice" and "Storia di una capinera". It was during his time in Milan, frequenting with the more liberal members of society that he wrote "Eva", "Tigre reale" and "Eros" - the story of the marquis Alberti who by seducing different women discovers his inability to embrace love and life. It was after this period that Verga turned his attentions to the neo-realist style of writing, writing novels which chronicled the inner and intimate lives of the fisherfolk, shepherds and smalltown people of Sicily and in 1880 he wrote his masterpiece "I Malavoglia". Often considered one of the greatest novels of the age, the novel tells the story of the struggles and sacrifices made by the Malavoglia family to repay a debt. Giovanni Verga died in Catania in 1922.

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Italian : Graded Readers


Letture Graduate per Stranieri

A series of well-known works of Italian literature have been simplified and supported by footnotes and illustrations to aid comprehension and to help make learning vocabulary easier. There are also a ...


032514 Cavalleria rusticana £7.65

Young Adult ELI Readers - Italian

A series of beautifully illustrated literary classics, specially adapted for language learners. Each book comes with an audio recording of the text, read by a native speaker, provided either on CD (an...


048823 I malavoglia + downloadable audio £10.75

Italian : Annotated Texts

Classici italiani Otto-Novecento

An excellent series consisting of well-known 18th and 19th century Italian novels. Each book is complete and unabridged and includes notes in order to facilitate reading and understanding....


032526 I malavoglia £11.95

Italian : Accessible Original Literature

Ages 11-18


A beautifully illustrated series of classic and contemporary literature from Italy and around the world. These books are ideal for youngsters with first or second language Italian, but are also suitab...


047871 Rosso Malpelo e altre novelle £9.60

Italian : CDs/audiobooks



A series by the Italian non-profit organisation, "Il Narratore" which aims to promote audio-books all over the world. Each story is read and recorded by narrators, writers and stage actors....


038824 I malavoglia - Audiolibro £35.50
132865 Rosso Malpelo, La lupa, La roba letto da A. Catania £11.95

Italian : Classics/Modern Classics

055888 The House by the medlar tree £6.99
043493 Mastro-don Gesualdo £12.75
036108 Tutte le novelle - Vol. 2 £9.55
031843 I Malavoglia £7.95
031847 I Malavoglia £9.55
030642 I malavoglia £10.95
033018 Mastro Don Gesualdo £6.70
055545 Mastro Don Gesualdo -english- £7.99
030136 Mastro-don Gesualdo £12.50
033038 Mastro-don Gesualdo £10.95
036807 Novelle (a cura di R Andres) £8.35
055451 Sparrow, Temptation and Cavalleria Rusticana £8.99
030758 Tutte le novelle £13.50
037778 Tutte le novelle £15.75
055539 Under the shadow of Etna: Sicilian stories from Verga £15.99

Italian : Biography, Memoirs

129279 La mia vita. Le mie battaglie £19.75

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