The Late Mattia Pascal

The Late Mattia Pascal
Author: Luigi Pirandello
Language English
Pages: 272
ISBN10: 1590171152
Genre: European Literature
Goodreads Rating: 4.00
ISBN13: 9781590171158
Published: November 30th 2004 by NYRB Classics

Mattia Pascal endures a life of drudgery in a provincial town. Then, providentially, he discovers that he has been declared dead.

Realizing he has a chance to start over, to do it right this time, he moves to a new city, adopts a new name, and a new course of life—only to find that this new existence is as insufferable as the old one. But when he returns to the world he left behind, it's too late: his job is gone, his wife has remarried. Mattia Pascal's fate is to live on as the ghost of the man he was.

An explorer of identity and its mysteries, a connoisseur of black humor, Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello is among the most teasing and profound of modern masters. The Late Mattia Pascal, here rendered into English by the outstanding translator William Weaver, offers an irresistible introduction to this great writer's work