• New Paperback | 224 pp.
  • ISBN: 9781847491282
  • Published: 2009

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After a passionate but ill-fated love affair with the beautiful married woman Clara, the young army officer Giorgio is transferred from Milan to Parma, where he meets the sickly and unattractive Fosca, the cousin of his commander. Although initially repelled by her, he becomes fascinated by her and slowly succumbs to her morbid, manipulative charms.

A witty and satirical critique of romance, desire and bourgeois sexual conventions, Tarchetti sophisticated and controversial novel is a masterpiece of nineteenth-century Italian decadent literature.


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Igino Ugo Tarchetti (1839–69) abandoned his military career to seek his fortune in literature. He wrote articles for diverse newspapers, some poems, several novels and became famous with his masterpiece Fosca.

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