Passion by I.U. Tarchetti
A Novel

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Set in mid-nineteenth-century Italy, Passion tells of a love triangle involving Giorgio, an officer in the Italian army; Clara, a robust young married woman with a child; and the grotesque, vampire-like Fosca, who embodies the romantic macabre. The relationships, one involving adultery and the other a flouting of social conventions, are treated with warped extremity, at once serious and ironic.

About I.U. Tarchetti

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Venuti is Professor of English at Temple University, Philadelphia.
Published August 1, 1994 by Mercury House. 216 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Tarchetti's striking novel (titled Fosca in Italian) has it all--obsession, deception, sex, death, and passion in many ineluctable forms--but not until Stephen Sondheim turned it into a musical did someone bother to translate this fine 19th-century work into English.

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Tarchetti's ( Fantastic Tales ) morbid but engaging examination of love, obsession and the nature of beauty set in mid-19th century Italy centers on a bizarre love triangle between Giorgio, the pessimistic young officer recording the affair, and two women, one attractive and sensual, the other re...

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