Alessandro Manzoni

Alessandro Manzoni was an Italian poet and novelist, best known for his novel 'The Betrothed' (Italian: 'I Promessi Sposi'), which is a cornerstone of Italian literature.


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  1. 1. The Betrothed

    "The Betrothed" is a historical novel set in Lombardy, Italy during the 17th century, in the midst of political and religious turmoil. The story follows the journey of two peasants, Renzo and Lucia, who are in love and wish to marry. However, their plans are thwarted by a corrupt local baron who desires Lucia for himself, and a cowardly priest who refuses to stand up to the baron. The couple are forced to flee, facing numerous hardships and adventures, while their faith and love for each other are continually tested. The novel explores themes of love, faith, and the struggle for justice.

    The 482nd Greatest Book of All Time
  2. 2. On The Historical Novel

    The book in question is a critical examination of the historical novel as a literary genre, exploring the challenges and responsibilities of blending historical facts with fictional narrative. The author delves into the intricacies of accurately representing historical events and characters while crafting a compelling story that remains true to the era it depicts. Through a series of essays, the work discusses the importance of historical context, the role of the author's perspective, and the balance between didacticism and entertainment in creating novels that not only depict the past but also resonate with contemporary readers. The text serves as both a guide for writers of historical fiction and a critique of the genre, offering insights into the ethical and artistic considerations involved in writing about history.

    The 7191st Greatest Book of All Time