21.8.13

Zibaldone: The Notebooks of Giacomo Leopardi

Cynthia Haven on Farrar, Straus & Giroux's new 2,600 page edition
Zibaldone: The Notebooks of Giacomo Leopardi
A review of Zibaldone: The Notebooks of Giacomo Leopardi, from The Book Haven:
Poet Giacomo Leopardi (1798-1837) is too little known in the U.S., so I read with pleasure about the Farrar, Straus & Giroux publication of Zibaldone: The Notebooks of Leopardi, the 2,600-page edition of his complete notebooks. It will be some time before I can get around to the work itself, so I have to content myself with Robert Pogue Harrison‘s review over at the Financial Times here. We’ve written about Robert, the radio host for Entitled Opinions, here and here, among other places. He’s one of the most interesting writers at Stanford.

In his words, Zibaldone “is as important as the Notebooks of Coleridge, the Journals of Emerson, the Diaries of Kierkegaard, and the posthumous notes of Friedrich Nietzsche, first made available to the public under the title The Will to Power.” [Read More]

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