Zibaldone: The Notebooks of Leopardi (UK Edition)

October 30, 2020
Zibaldone: The Notebooks of Leopardi (UK Edition)

Giacomo Leopardi was the greatest Italian poet of the nineteenthcentury and was recognized by readers from Nietzsche to Beckett asone of the towering literary figures in Italian history. To many,he is the finest Italian poet after Dante.Leopardi was also a prodigious scholar of classical literatureand philosophy, and a voracious reader in numerous ancient andmodern languages. For most of his writing career, he kept animmense notebook, known as the Zibaldone, or "hodgepodge,"as Harold Bloom has called it, in which he put down his original,wide-ranging, radically modern responses to his reading. Hiscomments about religion, philosophy, language, history,anthropology, astronomy, literature, poetry, and love areunprecedented in their brilliance and suggestiveness, and theZibaldone, which was only published at the turn of thetwentieth century, has been recognized as one of the foundationalbooks of modern culture. Its 4,500-plus pages have never been fullytranslated into English until now, when a team led by of MichaelCaesar and Franco D'Intino of the Leopardi Centre in Birminghamhave spent years producing a lively, accurate version. Thisessential book will change our understanding of nineteenth-centuryculture.Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837), Italy's first and greatest modernpoet, was also a critic, philosopher and philologist. His enormousZibaldone, or philosophical and critical notebook, which manyconsider one of the great books of the 19th century, will bepublished in Penguin Classics in 2012.