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The Iguana

The Iguana

by Anna Maria Ortese, Henry Martin

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ISBN-10: 0914232959

ISBN-13: 9780914232957

Pub. Date: 10/01/1987

Publisher: McPherson & Company

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McPherson & Company
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6.20(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

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In this magical novel a Milanese count stumbles upon a desolate community of lost noblemen on an uncharted island off the coast of Portugal. When he discovers, to his utter amazement, that their ill-treated servant is in fact a maiden iguana, and then proceeds to fall in love with her, the story of Aleardo, Estralitta and don Ilario becomes universal -- the fantastic merges with the commonplace until a resonant reality emerges with subtle distillation. From first page to last, the reader is given a tale of tragic love and delusion that ranks among the most affecting in contemporary literature. The Iguana has the force of �The Tempest,� and is written with a grace comparable in every way to the works of Izak Dinesen and Djuna Barnes. Little wonder, then, that this novel was called by the noted critic Pietro Citati, �one of the very few books destined to redeem the honor of Italian literature since the Second World War.� First published in Italian in 1965, where it was awarded the Fiuggi Prize, this masterpiece of one of the original Italian �magic realists� has become one of our best-sellers.

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