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Description - Cuore by Desmond Hartley

Required reading in Italian schools since 1886, Cuore is the Huckleberry Finn of Italy - the most read classic in the country. Presented in the form of a diary, its subject is a young boy's life in Turin following Unification in 1870. The narrator, Enrico, writes vividly of school life and the bustling city of vegetable-sellers, chimney sweeps and carpenters all around him. Like Huck Finn or Dickens, Cuore has been adapted into just about every conceivable medium - there are films, major TV series, radio adaptations, plays and comic books. It is a set text on courses from University College London to Harvard and is even a cult classic in Japan in its incarnation as an anime film. From Henry Miller, who wrote a glowing monograph on the book, to world-famous tenor Andrea Bocelli, who wrote a song about it, this simple tale of childhood has inspired all kinds of people and continues to do so today.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780720612325
ISBN-10: 0720612322
Format: Paperback
(198mm x 129mm x mm)
Pages: 256
Imprint: Peter Owen Publishers
Publisher: Peter Owen Publishers
Publish Date: 1-May-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Desmond Hartley

Edmondo de Amicis was born in Piedmont in 1846, at a time when Italy lay dismembered. A soldier by profession, he spent much of his youth fighting for a united Italy. An admirer of the writer Alessandro Manzoni, who considered that Florentine should be the standard Italian language, he wrote only in Florentine Italian. With the huge success of Cuore he achieved his goal of having hadthrough his novel s central place on the school syllabusa formative influence on the written language of modern Italy."