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Refresh and try again. Open Preview See a Problem? Details if other :. Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Senso and Other Stories by Camillo Boito ,. Christine Donougher Translator. Rod Conway-Morris Translator. Boito's stories combined decadence, the macabre, the demonic and depraved female heroines. They were an immediate and popular success in fin de siecle Italy. Visconti's film of Senso brought Boito's work international recognition.
This selection includes his most celebrated novelle, including A Corpse, the bizarre tale of rivalry between an artist and a student of anatomy Boito's stories combined decadence, the macabre, the demonic and depraved female heroines.
This selection includes his most celebrated novelle, including A Corpse, the bizarre tale of rivalry between an artist and a student of anatomy for the beautiful body of Carlotta, the artist's dead mistress Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published December 31st by Dedalus first published More Details Original Title.
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Decent stories in the same vein as the french decadents. In it, a woman recounts an affair she had with an officer during wartime. When the man cheats on her, she takes revenge in a particularly satisfying way. Luchino Visconti's movie adaptation is worth watching. Apr 08, Dfordoom rated it it was amazing Shelves: decadent-fiction. This is yet another in the fabulous Decadence from Dedalus series. Boito wrote these tales over a fairly lengthy period, from the to the s.
The titl This is yet another in the fabulous Decadence from Dedalus series. The title story was the subject of a celebrated movie adaptation by Visconti.
A Body involves a beautiful woman, and two men who lust after her perfect body in very different ways. The Grey Blotch is a fine story of lust, self-disgust and guilt.
Boito is another superb writer rescued from obscurity by Dedalus. Highly recommended. Nov 11, Shawn rated it really liked it Shelves: r-comp-decth-own. In Dedalus' never-ending quest to publish more writers of the decadent literary movement into English, we get this slim volume of work by Camillo Boito.
Included is "Senso", a novella that served as the source material for two films Luchino Visconti expanded it considerably for his lush adaptation in , and erotic filmmaker Tinto Brass' setting of the events in the Nazi-era for 's SENSO '45, which kept closer to the original story and a handful of other stories that cemented Boito's rep In Dedalus' never-ending quest to publish more writers of the decadent literary movement into English, we get this slim volume of work by Camillo Boito.
Included is "Senso", a novella that served as the source material for two films Luchino Visconti expanded it considerably for his lush adaptation in , and erotic filmmaker Tinto Brass' setting of the events in the Nazi-era for 's SENSO '45, which kept closer to the original story and a handful of other stories that cemented Boito's reputation as a member of Italy's Scapigliatura movement, a clutch of Italian writers who predated the decadents and presaged their concerns.
This work isn't as overwrought or embroidered as the Decadents. There's a clear, bright aspect to the text, and descriptions tend towards the terse. The subject matter is what ties this into the decadents, and Boito serves as yet another bridge between Edgar Allan Poe and those latter writers. Obsession, corruption, lust, vengeance are the driving themes, although there's never the lurid wallowing you get in, say, Joris-Karl Huysmans. In "Senso" we get a a deft character study of a beautiful and pragmatic woman, a driven sensualist and egoist unable to deny her desires in any way.
She marries an old duffer and spends his money, carrying on an affair with a dashing young soldier who's a cad and a rake and spends her money as quickly as hubby gives it.
She pays a huge amount of bribes so he can sit-out the current fighting - all this, simply, because she wants him and wants to keep him. When she discovers his philandering ways after a lust-driven trip to the front, she takes her revenge, which results in the death of four tangentially related people, about whom she cares nothing.
It's a brisk, enjoyable read and I must admit there may be historical aspects that could inform symbolism vis-a-vis Italy's relationship with Vienna at the time that I am not well-educated enough to tease out in fact, it seems likely. There's an extended, breathless search of a hospital from top-to-bottom ending you'll guess where that felt very much like Poe's "The Man In The Crowd" in a way different subjects, obviously. The beautiful can only be truly beautiful forever through death, preservation, and science, it seems.
He has an unhealthy fixation on his sister and, so, on a shop-girl that looks like her- but isn't like her at all, it seems. It brushes lightly on themes of incest and fetish reminded me of Georges Rodenbach 's Bruges-la-morte in a way, and, in the specifics of teeth as a fetish object, ties to Poe's "Berenice".
A priest looks over his flock in a rural valley and sees the spreading greed and dissolution brought by capitalist investors from the city running a scam involving a mine, designed to bankrupt the farmers and buy up their land things don't ever change, do they?
The company's shill, a dissolute nobleman, has a pretty wife who hits on the priest and later warns him that his preaching against the scheme have turned the mayor and the Church itself against him who will both profit from it - thing's don't ever This builds a quite palpable feeling of moral and ethical decay, not to mention a frantic hopelessness as every avenue the priest seeks is blocked I have no doubt this is the kind of story that got the Scapigliatura considered scandalous at the time, even though nothing overtly untoward happens.
There's a real feeling of sympathy for the priest and some of the simpler souls in the story and the end result is surprisingly moving.
Also not to be missed, some absolutely splendid countryside descriptions that really set the scene, including a storm raging through the valley below as seen from the presbytery on the mountainside. The last lines may be a little too on-the-money but, hey, that's forgivable in a 19th century author as far as I'm concerned.
Finally, "Buddha's Collar" sketches an amusing, if somewhat morbid, tale of a young student who falls in with a femme fatale and, as the story opens, is desperate to discover the whereabouts of a missing dog whose collar he has. The reasons for this do a nice job combining symbols of moral corruption and venereal disease and the comical scientists, experts on a particular subject, are of no help whatsoever while touching lightly on masochistic actions.
Enjoyable, I found myself reading some of the scientist's dialogue aloud. Jul 27, Natalie rated it liked it. The whole reason for me to pick up this book is Senso. I saw the movie based on novella and decided to read it.
Senso is good, exciting and steamy. The whole idea of killing somebody because of love turned to hate and out of being insulted amazes me. Nobody goes so far as to actually commit a person to death - a person you once loved more than your own life.
As for the rest of collection in this book, I cannot say it was very memorable. Also somewhat predictable outcome of the stories. Camillo B The whole reason for me to pick up this book is Senso. Camillo Boito has a bit of a strange take on a woman's beauty A one time book, I would say. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Readers also enjoyed.
About Camillo Boito. Camillo Boito. He was an Italian architect and engineer, and a noted art critic, art historian and novelist. As a novelist Boito wrote several collections of short stories, including a psychological horror short story titled "A Christmas Eve", a tale of incestuous obsession and necrophilia, which bears a striking similarity to Edgar Allan Poe's "Berenice. Aroun He was an Italian architect and engineer, and a noted art critic, art historian and novelist.
Around he wrote his most famous novella, Senso, a disturbing tale of sexual decadence. In , Senso was memorably adapted for the screen by Italian director Luchino Visconti and then, later, in into a more sexually disturbing adaptation by Tinto Brass. Books by Camillo Boito. Related Articles.
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Senso is an Italian novella by Camillo Boito , a famous Italian author and architect. He wrote it around The novella develops a disturbing account of indiscriminate indulgence in selfish sensuality. The word "senso" is Italian for "sense," "feeling," or "lust.
Senso and Other Stories