Italian Stories
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Italian Stories

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Robert A. Hall

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Italian Stories

A Dual-Language Book

Robert A. Hall

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Designed for the language student as well as the lover of fine literature, this convenient dual-language book features eleven great short stories — each one appearing in the original Italian, with vivid and accurate English translations on facing pages.
Robert A. Hall, Jr., Professor Emeritus of Linguistics and Italian, Cornell University, has compiled a stimulating and representative collection ranging from a 14th-century selection from Boccaccio's The Decameron to Alberto Moravia's `Competition,` a 20th-century view of lower-and middle-class Italian life. Among the other works are Machiavelli's `Belfagor; Story of the Devil Who Took a Wife,` Matteo Bandello's reflections of 16th-century morals in `Madonna Zilia,` Giovanni Verga's objective portrayal of lower-class Sicilian life in `Rosso Malpelo,` Gabriele d'Annunzio's revelations of a depraved peasantry in `The Idolaters,` Luigi Pirandello's fascinating study of hypocritical social attitudes in `The Tight Frock Coat,` as well as equally significant works by Antonio Fogazzaro, Renato Fucini, Aldo Palazzeschi, and Corrado Alvaro.
Arranged chronologically so that the growth of the literary art may be followed, as well as enjoyed, each story is prefaced by a concise biographical/critical introduction. Also included are linguistic and cultural notes, a valuable Italian-English vocabulary, study questions on each story, and an informative essay on Italian fiction.
Students of the Italian language will find the dual-language format timesaving and extremely helpful; readers of Italian literature will want to add this treasury of small masterworks to their personal libraries.

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Year
2012
ISBN
9780486120300
VOCABULARY
This is not a complete vocabulary, but a listing of the more unusual or more difficult words which would probably not be known after one year of Italian.
Stress is indicated wherever it does not fall on the next-to-the-last syllable. The grave accent (`) is used except for the closed e and o vowels, which are marked with the acute (´).
abbellire to embellish
abbigliamento m. garment
abbonacciare to calm down
abbondévole abundant
abbrancare to grasp, seize
abbrutire to brutalize
accadèmia f. concert
accalcarsi to crowd
accanimento m. fury
accecare to blind
accennare to make a sign
accetta f. hatchet, axe
acchiappare to seize, grab
accidènte m. mishap
acciò che in order that
accógliere to receive
accollatàrio m. contractor
accomodare to fix up
accomodato suitable
accomodatura f. repair
acconciare to fix up, take care of, make comfortable
accòrgersi (di) to perceive
accostarsi to go up close
acquistare to acquire
acquisto m. acquisition
addirittura downright
ad(d)ivenire to happen
addossarsi to lean against
adempiere to fulfill
àdipe f. fat
adrièto back
adunque then
affacciare to show (as at a window)
affannato out of breath
affanno m. trouble, worry
affaticarsi to strive
afferrare to grasp, seize
affestellare to festoon
affocante suffocating
affollato crowded
affondare to bury
affrettare to hurry
agghiacciante chilling
aggirarsi to turn
aggrappato clinging
agguantare to grasp, seize
agiatamente at one’s ease
agio m. ease
aguzzo pointed
àire m. flight
aita f. aid, help
albèrgo m. hotel, hostel, dwelling, home
allacciamento m. linking up
allampanato emaciated, gaunt
all’analda after the fashion of Hainault (hemmed up?)
allièva f. pupil
alloggiare to lodge
allontanarsi to go away
almanco at least
altressì in the same way, likewise
ambascia f. shortness of breath
ambo both
ambulante walking, wandering
ammazzare to kill
ammiccare t...

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