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The Late Mattia Pascal

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While living an oppressive, provincial existence, Mattia Pascal learns that he has been mistakenly declared dead. Blessed with that rarest of opportunities - the chance to start an entirely new life - he moves to a new city under an assumed name, only to find this new "free" existence unbearable. Faking his own suicide, he returns to his hometown, where his wife has remarr ...more
Published March 1st 1995 by Marsilio Publishers (first published 1904)
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Have you ever thought about going to a place where nobody knows you and starting a new life as an entirely new person?

Luigi Pirandello makes Mattia Pascal live out this fantasy. Great misery has befallen Mattia Pascal and there is no silver lining in sight. Unable to think of anything else to do, he runs away leaving everyone and everything behind. A few days later on his way back home, he discovers that while he was away a dead body was mistaken for his and he has been declared dead in his town
Before you read another book (or finish the one you're reading), before you see another movie, before you contemplate any work of art, get yourself to the nearest bookstore or library or wherever you prefer to look at books, and find Pirandello's Il fu Mattia Pascal (The Late Mattia Pascal), wherein you will find "Avvertenza sugli scrupoli della fantasia" ("A Warning on the Scruples of the Imagination"). Just read those 4 or 5 pages, which are not actually part of the novel, and you will begin t ...more

Mattia Pascal.

Mattia Pascal was a man born to endure adversities in every walk of life. He was a dutiful son who saw his family affluence ruined by a benefactor after his father’s death and his mother’s existence fading into rueful shadows. He was a concerned husband and a doting father even in the thorniest situations that brought demoralizing repercussions in his marital life. The only thing Mattia was ever sure about in his burdensome life was his name-Mattia Pascal. It was his solita
Marco Tamborrino
«Se noi riconosciamo,» pensavo, «che errare è dell'uomo, non è crudeltà sovrumana la giustizia?»

Discutendo riguardo "Il diavolo in corpo" di Raymond Radiguet, l'altro giorno, è saltato fuori, detto da qualcuno, che si trattava di un libro con una trama tutto sottomato banale, ma scritta con uno stile talmente sublime da renderlo un piccolo gioiello. Ora, io sono d'accordo in parte. Ma lasciamo stare. Credo che sia una definizione che si potrebbe appioppare anche a questo romanzo pirandelliano. A
Tyler Jones
Even in so-called literary circles, the name of Luigi Pirandello is connected primarily with his innovative work as a playwright. Almost entirely forgotten, at least outside of the Italian speaking world, are the early novels which launched his literary career. The Late Mattia Pascal, published in 1904 could certainly lay claim to being one of the most unjustly under-appreciated books of the Twentieth Century. It is a psychological meditation grafted on to a rollicking comic adventure. Perhaps t ...more
This is an interesting contrast with 'Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself', which I read a short time ago. In Sheppard Lee a man flees debts and a generally unsatisfactory, pointless life by magic. That is, dying in an accident, he finds he can magically inhabit another body whose ‘owner’ has just died. However, he takes on the character and life circumstances of said dead man, which in time, for each of the sequence of bodies he adapts, becomes intolerable.

Mattia Pascal, in contrast, doesn’t die b
"Because we can’t understand life, if we don’t explain death in some way. The motive, the direction of our actions, the thread to lead us out of the maze, dear Signor Meis, the light must come from beyond, from death." (Page 122)

Seandainya kamu diberi kesempatan kedua untuk menjalani hidup dari awal, akankah kamu bersedia?


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Een eerste belangrijk element in dit boek, is de humor. Pirandello neemt de rauwe realiteit en beschrijft die op een ironische manier, soms op het randje van zwarte humor. In dit boek vind je de humor terug in het kluwen van verwarde situaties waarin de personages terecht komen, maar ook in de vaak zeer plastische beschrijvingen van de personages. Sommige scènes worden door die humor bijna volkstoneel, wat verklaart dat Pirandello zijn latere toneelstukken vaak baseert op zijn romans.

Maar het be
Mattia Pascal thinks he has a chance to cut all the laces that bounds him to the world, and live in a state of complete freedom. But soon he discovers there's no full life and no freedom outside the boundaries imposed by society, unless you accept a life of fear and solitude.
A classic, timeless novel (that I probably should have read in high school...).
On my edition there's a post-scriptum from Pirandello in which he reports of a real case he found in a newspaper, 20 years after publishing his
Alexandra Bradan
Ho trovato geniale l'idea su cui si basa l'intero libro e al contempo i danni e le sciagure del "fu Mattia Pascal" sono stati per me esileranti. Devo, però, lamentarmi circa lo stile di scrittura, troppo arcano e misterioso , oltre che poco scorrevole, con frequenti pause per cercare di rintracciare i fili del discorso che mi scivolavano via.
Da questo libro ho imparato che la libertà, non vuol dire essere sciolti da qualsiasi vincolo, in quanto non lo potremmo mai essere completamente; basta, in
Alejandro Teruel
El protagonista y narrador de esta novela, Matías Pascal, se encuentra atrapado en una vida limitada, pequeña y hecha desagradable por un matrimonio sin amor y una suegra insoportable. Por un golpe de suerte obtiene dinero y, haciéndose pasar por muerto, huye de su pueblo y de esa vida. ¿Puede alguien escapar de si mismo, de su sociedad y de la falsedad de su muerte y asumir una nueva identidad, convirtiéndose en otro personaje en la vida real? La sensación inicial de alivio y libertad que sient ...more
mirela Darau
It was my first book of Pirandello’s and it raised my curiosity about other ones too :). I enjoyed very much the story, the character study, the telling of the story and the –often philosophical - meditations, the humor: indeed everything!
I liked the idea of the story: a man is constrained and defined in the same time by the society he lives is, the name he wears, and cannot live freely without a past. It made me think of all the new beginnings I often wish for, the memories and experiences I ch
Nicholas During
What would happen if everyone you knew thought you were dead? Would you rejoice in a newfound liberty of a new, fresh life? Away from that boring wife? The reduced wealth of you family? The insults of your neighbors that you can't fight? That's what happens to Mattia Pascal. But of course nothing really works out like we plan in this world unfortunately. And it turns out complete freedom from everything has its costs too. Try travelling without a passport. And more than that, even if circumstanc ...more
Enjoyable, if not exceptional. Pirandello is witty & amusing, and even when the book shifts into its more blatantly philosophical segments, it's still a pleasure to read. That said, it's dated -- not in content, necessarily, but in impetus -- but not so badly that it completely detracts from the reading experience. A dark but fun meditation on identity & faith/fulness -- and worth it, mostly.
Juka Pakatsoshvili
Okay, a little pathetic but worth reading for a few reasons. Firstly, well, it was not that bad overally. Mainly, because of the case of freedom and death examined in this book. Death seems to lead the main character towards freedom. though, not theologically speaking, because this death isn't really nothingness rather it is troubled somethingness. I think, what he means by absolute freedom here, is freedom from justice, even right to life, property (he can't even buy a dog, he can't defend hims ...more
Un fardello, un macigno, un grave! La lanterninosofia e lo strappo nel cielo di carta sono temi interessanti, ma che noia! Non so come sia riuscito ad arrivare fino alla fine, so solo che 100 pagine de I Malavoglia sono meno pesanti e più piacevoli di una di questo libro.
Ho riletto “Il fu Mattia Pascal” dopo tantissimi anni , trovandolo un libro di una modernità sconcertante, considerato che e’ stato pubblicato nel 1904. La solitudine in una società creata dall’uomo, ma che non è a misura d’uomo e’ un tema sempre attuale, e l’ironia di Pirandello l’ enfatizza, soprattutto nel bellissimo finale.
“….Fuori dalla legge e fuori di quelle particolarità, liete o tristi che siano, per cui noi siamo noi, caro signor …., non è possibile vivere….” , ovvero chi non è ricon
Barbara Ab

Frase da ricordare (ma non seguendo l’esempio del beota):

“Hai mai pensato di andare via e non tornare mai più? Scappare e far perdere ogni tua tracccia per andare in un posto lontano e ricominciare a vivere, vivere una vita nuova, solo tua, vivere davvero? ci hai mai pensato?”
Malgrado riconosca la genialità e l’opera d’arte ho per tutto il tempo che l’ho ascoltato ho pensato che è un libro “datato”, di piccola mentalità provinciale inizio Novecento (almeno per me), e la storia di un cojone piagn

Right in the first few pages the author tells us this is the story of a man who “died twice." Our hero, or anti-hero, is going nowhere in late 1800’s Italy. He earns a pittance as the librarian in backwater Italian town. He lives with screaming kids, a wife who has lost interest in him and a viscous mother-in-law who hates him. One day while out of town, he learns from newspapers that the decomposed body of a suicide victim down by the watermill in his home town was mistaken for him. He is free!
3.5 stars

The style of the story makes me think of a domesticated form of a picaresque novel. What would you choose to do and who would you choose to be if you could walk away from your current life because everyone thought you were dead? Which life would be the "real" you? Would you choose to live life in the same way you currently are living it, or would you change your way of living? These and other questions of reality and identity are explored through the eyes of the "late" Mattia Pascal.
Yuri Toledo
The Late Mattia Pascal is a 1904 book by the novelist Luigi Pirandello.
Luigi Pirandello makes Mattia Pascal live out this fantasy. Mattia Pascal's life is dull, boring and insufferable. Unable to think of anything else to do, he runs away leaving everyone and everything behind. A few days later on his way back home, he discovers that while he was away a dead body was mistaken for his and he has been declared dead in his town. All the ties of his past life were now broken and Mattia could now re-
When things get me down, I sometimes fantasize about packing a bag or two, booking a flight, disappearing to another part of the world and starting from scratch in a completely new world. In The Late Mattia Pascal, Pirandello has us live out this fantasy to its bitter end, making us realize just how easy it would be to do, and how impossible it would be to accomplish. A great meditation on identity, death, and rebirth, without being overbearing or grandiose.
Georgiana 1792
E' la terza volta che lo leggo, ma ogni volta mi diverto da morire!
Adoro Pirandello, la sua ironia,le sue storie assurde che si rivelano poi non così assurde quanto la realtà: ogni volta che leggo la postfazione dell'autore, 'Avvertenza sugli scrupoli della fantasia', non riesco a credere che 17 anni dopo la prima pubblicazione del libro ciò che è accaduto a Mattia Pascal sia capitato davvero ad Ambrogio Casati!
A piece of pure genius, this novel is a must-read. Pirandello, in my opinion one of the greatest authors that ever existed, writes a funny yet very insightful novel which describes the human soul and existence through an absurd story, which eventually shows how absurd the events of real life sometimes are. The uncertainty of the human being in terms of knowing him/herself, or even being per se, are at the center of this novel as well of other works by him. Pirandello is a master of literature an ...more
Have you ever wanted to stop your life and become someone else? Well this is what "The Late Mattia Pascal" deals with. It makes perfect sense. Classic novel about identity and how that plays in one's world.
Alla fine non è stato poi così tanto male. Dovrebbero abolire le letture antologiche, me lo avevano fatto sembrare brutto e noioso.
The title of this novel is a spoiler and the rest of the plot is adequately summarised on the back cover, so expect few surprises and you will not be disappointed. The task of this novel, then, is to provide a believable account that matches the plot outline. In the event, this is accomplished with style, but I make allowances for the fact that any work in translation cannot really be used to judge the quality of the original writing in its own language. It is an amusing story and I found it wor ...more
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Iniziando questa recensione, è fondamentale sottolineare che "Il fu Mattia Pascal" è stato una delle cosiddette letture scolastiche. Si, proprio uno di quei simpatici titoli stampati su un'altrettanto simpatica fotocopia consegnata dalla professoressa di italiano in occasione dell'inizio degli ultimi 6 mesi di scuola. O meglio, nel mio caso, gli ultimi 6 mesi - si spera! - di liceo. E così, l'avvicinamento dell'esame di maturitá non fa
Alessandro Palumbo
Le avventure di un uomo che approfitta di un incidente per fingersi morto e si crea una nuova vita.
John McDermott
Mattia Pascal doesn't really have any control of his destiny until he suddenly finds himself in an unhappy marriage. He decides to leave his unhappy home on an adventure and ends up becoming rich by having extraordinary luck in a casino. After realising fortune has left him, he decides to return home but on the train journey home he reads that he has been reported as dead, when a body is found and identified as him. As a result, he chooses a new identity and a new life... and so the story is abo ...more
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