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Quell'amore io non l'ho sentito, l'ho subito. La vicenda si snoda in un singolare gioco di specchi, di parallelismi rovesciati: Giorgio e Clara, Fosca e il marito, Fosca e Giorgio riprendono e rivivono, capovolgendola, mutandone i ruoli reciproci, un'unica storia, in un susseguirsi di variazioni sul tema di un amore che ha bagliori vampireschi, quando uno dei due elementi della coppia divora la vita dell'altro per infondergli il suo inquieto malessere, il suo senso di morte.
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To ask other readers questions about Fosca , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. Sort order. Start your review of Fosca. Feb 24, Marina rated it it was ok Shelves: italian-literature , audiobook. I'm sick and tired of these depictions of needy women whose only purpose in life is to have a man.
A wildly romantic story of a young officer sent to some remote outpost in the 19th century. There he becomes the object first of unwanted attention and then crazed love by the commander's daughter, Fosca, an ugly and sickly old maid. As time passes, the officer, a handsome rather vapid womanizer finds himself intrigued by this strange, intelligent and well-read admirer, and without realizing at first what is happening, starts to respond to her love and then return it with a passion.
I had seen t A wildly romantic story of a young officer sent to some remote outpost in the 19th century. I had seen the Ettore Scola film, Passione d'amore, a long time ago, a rather extraordinary depiction of unexplainable attraction, and found this gem of a book quite by chance.
No one has heard of it. Not even my Italian sister who has read everything ever written on the peninsula knew who Tarchetti was. I should add that Sondheim adapted this book for his musical "Passion. Jan 26, Giulia China rated it it was ok. If I didn't have to read it for my italian literature course I wouldn't have. Depressing, heavy and at time the prose was almost unbearable. I have been wanting to read this book for a while as it was used as the basis for the Stephen Sondheim musical Passion , which I really love.
One of the things I most enjoyed in this book was seeing how closely Sondheim kept to the text, lifting lyrics directly from the prose and dialogue. This is a story of love and obsession, told with a great deal of wit as the author comments on bourgeois ideals of love. It has elements of a satirical social commentary and yet is also an engaging story of love I have been wanting to read this book for a while as it was used as the basis for the Stephen Sondheim musical Passion , which I really love.
It has elements of a satirical social commentary and yet is also an engaging story of love - or lust depending on how you want to read it. I came to this book, already knowing the story, but it was still fascinating to follow Giorgio as he experienced two very different women's love for him. All the characters in this story are flawed in some way, but that makes them all the more real and believable.
That said, none of the characters really draw the reader to them completely and so you follow their tale with a certain detachment and a more analytical overview. This book is not going to thrill everyone, but it should be of interest to fans of the type of literary fiction that has a psychological depth to it. Neurotic hypochondriac seeks massive enabler.
Pre-existing relationship not a problem. Must love drama, hand-holding, massive and inexplicable mood swings, and zero sex. Willingness to ignore medical advice a big plus.
Our nutjob cousins are standing by! This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. He worked on this novel until his death for thyphus on 25th March The missing part, the nocturnal love scene between Giorgio and Fosca , was written by Tarchetti 's friend, Salvatore Farina, to make publication possible.
The story is written in the form of a diary in which Giorgio, a young officer, tells about his love affairs with two different women. Those relationships, especially one of the two, deeply marked his life and his conscience.
Five years before he had retired from the Army for a heart desease and then gone to Milan where he had met Clara, a very beautiful young woman, married, with whom he had had an intense love affair. After only two months of intoxicating happiness, Giorgio, healed both in his body and in his soul, had had to go back to active service and he had been sent to a monotonous small town located in a desolated natural environment.
There he had met Fosca, the cousin of his Colonel, a horribly thin woman worned by a mysterious psycho-physical desease. His passion for the ugly but sensual sick woman had become a desease sucking his vital energy. Clara stands for Romantic love: adultery lived as freedom from the social constraints of perbenism; Fosca embodies love according to the Scapigliati, seen in its morbid, pathological implications connected to desease and death. Fosca appears extraordinarily horrible but intensely attractive at the same time.
Can a story like this still be fascinating in our world of physical perfection and fitness mania? Might a Fosca still attract a handsome healthy young Giorgio? However, what makes this novel appealing to a modern reader is the restlessness which pervades the story.
The doubt, the dichotomies, the contrasting realities of life and the self. Apr 04, Anthony Peter rated it it was ok. A [The edition I read was translated by Lawrence Venuti. Briefly, in this Italian novel, Giorgio is recovering from a love affair with a married woman whom he adores, and finds himself posted — for he is in the standing army that currently has nothing to do — to an obscure northern town where he is befriended by his colonel.
The colonel also looks after his cousin, a woman called Fosca who, she reveals to Giorgio in a long letter which I found much the most readable part of the novel , has led a most unfortunate life being, among other disasters, married to a dissolute gambling brute who has managed to impoverish her parents and who never gave her the love she craves. And having decided she is in love with Giorgio, she sets about enslaving him.
All this is delivered in a style that I found for the most part extravagantly emotional and dull. Having said which, I think if you found you enjoyed the style or found it manageable, there would be plenty for you to get your teeth into. Clearly, the position of women in the tightly respectable and patriarchal society of middle- and upper-class mid 19th century Europe is to be pitied by modern standards. Today we might see her as an anorexic suffering from acquired self-loathing given to fits as the only way of relieving her aching feelings of loneliness.
And the introduction to the One World Classics edition I read makes a good case for the novel as a canonical one in European and Italian literature. Give it 25 pages and see how you feel. If Fosca were written today, it would almost certainly seen as a masterclass in gaslighting and manipulation tactics.
As for Fo If Fosca were written today, it would almost certainly seen as a masterclass in gaslighting and manipulation tactics. I would never have found or have heard of this book if it were not for my music studies, and the fact that I am working on the song 'I Read' from the musical 'Passion'. The words and music of this song are by Stephen Sondheim, one of my favorite composers. Wanting to learn more about the musical, I read that it is based on a book titled 'Fosca' written in by an Italian author named Iginio Urgo Tarchetti, who lived only 30 years.
The book was translated into English by Lawrence Venuti and ti I would never have found or have heard of this book if it were not for my music studies, and the fact that I am working on the song 'I Read' from the musical 'Passion'. The book was translated into English by Lawrence Venuti and title 'Passion'. I think that good translators are way under rated Not a typical love triangle, but I found it utterly engrossing..
Not for everyone, but I loved it. Sep 03, Maurizio rated it really liked it. Original psychological 'noir' in a pre Freudian era, a gothic novel applied to the psychological realm. Modern for its time, it fills out of date for our times.
It does sound horrible but intensely attractive! Thanks Maria. Thank you, Lua. Giorgio's passion for Fosca is a devastating psychological addition. This story is so intriguing, so different from other Italian classics of the same period. Fosca and Clara are symbols of two very different kinds of passions. Fascinating , indeed.
Come esprimere colle parole la bruttezza orrenda di quella donna! A cinque anni di distanza, Giorgio, militare di carriera nell'esercito con il grado di ufficiale ottenuto per un atto di eroismo, decide di affidare alla carta le memorie di un periodo particolarmente doloroso della sua vita , caratterizzato dall'amore per due donne dai caratteri opposti: Clara e Fosca. I ricordi iniziano quando il giovane militare, in congedo per malattia in quanto cardiopatico, decide di abbandonare il suo odiato villaggio natio per recarsi a Milano , a far visita ad un amico. La ragazza allora era incinta, ma dato il suo fisico debilitato e malato, aveva perso il bambino.