Here are ruminations on subjects from the nature of democracy to the peregrinations of a fur cap. Here are ardent love and cruel perversity, the "last farcical act of the great drama of feudalism," and the messy, morally compromised beginnings of a modern nation sate. Here are cats, variously cruel, devoted, or eaten by the starving heroine during a siege. And here is the story of a life, which rambles up dead ends and hits the doldrums, but which, with its complement of love and adventure and dunderheaded idealism, holds us gripped.
Sunday, December 7, 2014
The Plot Summary
Lucy Hughes-Hallett offered this summary of Ippolito Nievo's long nineteenth-century novel, The Confessions of an Italian, in the October 10 TLS: