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Set against the background of the Black Death of 1348, Giovanni Boccaccio's undisputed masterpiece recaptures both the tragedies and comedies of medieval life and is surely one of the greatest achievements in the history of literature.
Paperback, 821 pages
Published December 7th 2010 by Signet (first published 1348)
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Renato Magalhães Rocha
In the 14th century in Europe, during the devastating times of the Black Death, a group of young Florentines - seven women and three men - decide to flee to seek shelter and escape from the plague in a villa outside of the city of Florence. This is the basic frame used by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio to tell us one hundred tales of life, love and fortune with The Decameron.

After leaving the city, in order to pass the time, an idea of telling stories is brought up and each one of the young g

Saint Catherine of Alexandria.
Carlo Crivelli (1435- 1495)

Look at that Petrarca sticking up beside a rouge-pot; do the idiots pretend that the heavenly Laura was a painted harridan? And Boccaccio, now: do you mean to say, Madonna Romola—you who are fit to be a model for a wise Saint Catherine of Egypt—do you mean to say you have never read the stories of the immortal Messer Giovanni?...


“There are some things in them I do not want ever to forget”, said Romola; “but you must confess, Piero (
The Decameron is a set of one hundred stories told to each other by a group of ten people, seven women and three men, over ten days. All these stories exist within one story which is about this group of people who come together in Florence during an outbreak of the plague and how they react to it - which is by going off into the surrounding countryside and recreating a kind of temporary Eden outside the ravages of the times. Beyond that there are the author's intentions and his defence of his wo ...more
The Decameron is obviously a hugely influential piece of literature (actually, it's just plain huge), so it's no wonder I'd get around to it eventually. I'm not a huge fan of Chaucer, really, but I did recognise a couple of the source texts he used in this, and I imagine that the choice of frame narrative for the Canterbury Tales might've been suggested to Chaucer by The Decameron. Certainly The Decameron was an influence, anyway.

The Decameron also inspired a song by one of my favourite singers,
Suck it Boccaccio, I totally read your shit. Well, around 65% of it. I used a couple of different lists of "the best of them," and skipped any stories that weren't on either list.

I've read a bunch of non-fiction books recently that at least touch on Italy in the 14th century, and I keep thinking, "Yeah, I understand this from Boccaccio." Corruption in the church, the role of women, the lives of the nobles and the common people... I get a better sense of these things from the Decameron than from
David Lentz
This great book is set in a country estate outside Florence during a plague. The meaning of the setting was not lost upon me: with death beckoning from all corners, one is wise to enjoy life and pass the hours sharing experience among those about whom one cares. These comic and tragic tales are told in rotation among a group of wealthy people killing time within a garden, a little island of civilization, a little Eden -- paradise. The vast majority of these 100 tales involve amusing stories abou ...more
Huda Yahya
مازلتُ أتذكر اليوم الذي توافرت فيه الديكاميرون أمامي للاستعارة في طبعة ثمينة وبالانجليزية
وأنا جد سعيدة أنني تكاسلت عن قراءتها
لأنه لا ترجمة مثل ترجمة علماني
ولا أظنني كنت لأقرأ هذا العمل مرتين

صالح علماني
شكرا على جمالك

الديكاميرون تعتبر من الأعمال الخالدة في تاريخ البشرية
ويمكنكم تحميلها

My encounter with this book has been a delightful surprise. Expecting a dry and difficult medieval text, I was shocked to find myself unable to put it down. This is a completely rich text that is complex, yet easy and fun to read. Boccaccio has such a fun sense of humor! I found myself laughing aloud. For me, the dirty stories stole the show, but the other stories by no means fall short. His characters and stories are so richly human and he is able to laugh at them, embrace their flaws, forgive ...more
Like The Canterbury Tales, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman, The Arabian Nights: Tales from a Thousand and One Nights, etc., "The Decameron" is an early masterpiece of literature. It is one of those books I avoided because I thought it would be stilted and boring. Hells NASTY Bells was I wrong. Boccaccio is funny, flippant, irreverent, libidinous, provocative, inspiring, insulting, crazy and always -- always entertaining.


100 stories told during the the summer of 1348 as the B
The Decameron, a collection of 100 short (to short-ish) stories told by ten young Florentine men and women during the plague over ten days is a fun if often frustrating bit of fiction. The stories range from the dazzling, creative and surprising to the more rote and uninspired. First the good: there are all kinds of crazy shenanigans going on in throughout the course of the collection, and it’s quite a bit of fun to read stories written almost 700 years ago that ends with wife swapping, threesom ...more

القرن الرابع عشر، مدينة فلورنس، مدينة الورود كما يوحي اسمها، والأهم مدينة الفن والأدب في إيطاليا، مدينة دانتي وبترارك وجيوفاني بوكاشيو صاحب هذا الكتاب (الديكاميرون) أي (الأيام العشرة) باليونانية، وهي أيام عشرة بالفعل، وبمثابة فصول عشرة للكتاب، الذي يتكئ على الوباء الذي اجتاح فلورنس سنة 1348 م، وقضى على الآلاف من ناسها.

في تلكم الظروف المحزنة، يتخيل بوكاشيو شبابا ً عشرة، ثلاثة رجال، وسبع نساء، يتركون المدينة الموبوءة ويلجئون إلى بستان خارجها، حيث يقررون البقاء هناك، بعيدا ً عن مشاهد ا
Being stuck on a couch for a day-and-a-half helps finish off books that have been taking too long to read on a regular basis. It was good to polish off Boccaccio.

So the plot is pretty easy to understand. It's 14th century Florence, and there's this pesky plague thing (aka, the Black Death) hanging around cramping everyone's style. A handful of folks go off to some safe distance and amuse themselves by telling each other stories - 10 stories a day for 10 days. Cool, right?


The problem is th
Fatema Hassan , bahrain

( حديقة الملذات الدنيوية )

هي نواة الصالون الأدبي وبذرته في أبسط أشكالها ، حيث البذرة تتمركز في عين الأرض
منتعشة بالهواء الطلق في حديقة قصر ريفي يتخيّرها لنا جيوفاني بوكاشيو لتكون ( شانزليزيه طلياني ) أو مائدة فكرية وليدة عصرها تقدم لنا مائة طبق مختلف ولكل طبق حكاية ، حكاية يُعدّها شخوصها و يتأملون تفاعل القارئ مع طبقهم الشهيّ حيث يحتدّ التنافس بينهم ، و في الحقيقة لا يوجد طبق شهيّ لينال استحسان القارئ بشكل مُرضي بالكامل بقدر ما هنالك أطباق مداوية و منبهة و حرّيفة .

الديكاميرون يقدم ل
Wael Mahmoud
الديكاميرون مثلها مثل ألف ليلة و ليلة حكايات بالأساس و لذلك لا يبحث القارىء عن أو يتوقع حبكة درامية أو أسلوب سرد مميز, ففي القرن الرابع عشر لا يتوقع الكاتب أن ينتشر عمله بالنسخ المطبوعة و إنما بالحكي, و لذلك فتقييم مثل هذه الأعمال يكون بمدى أصالة و طرافة الحكايات, و على هذا الأساس فإن قراءة الديكاميرون متعة و تسلية في نفس الوقت, و هما أقصى ما تسعى الحكايات لتحقيقه.

يلفت النظر أن بازوليني في فيلمه الديكاميرون قام بإختيار عدد من الحكايات ليقدمها لنا, و لكنه تجاهل حكاية عندما قرأتها للمرة الأولى ظنن
These one hundred short tales, written in about 1350, are framed within a charming and idyllic background wherein seven maidens and three youths leave Florence during the plague to spend time in lovely and implausible country palaces entertaining themselves until it is safe to return to the city. One of their means of amusement and entertainment is to tell each other stories, ten each day for ten days, and it is these stories that comprise The Decameron.

The stories are delightful and earthy, oft

في البداية لدي اعتراف:- حكايات "ألف ليلة ولية" لم أقرأ الكثير منها وقد يستغرب البعض عندما أقول أنها ليست بالمفضلة لدي، و عندما قررت أن أقرأ "الديكاميرون" لاحظت أن أغلب المراجعات تشبهها بألف ليلة وليلة وهذا لم يكن بالأمر المشجع لقراءتها ولكني قررت خوض التجربة وهذا ما كان


أهدى "جيوفاني بوكاشيو" هذا العمل (الديكاميرون والمعروف أيضاً بالأمير غاليوتو) لجمهور النساء لتسليَّتهن .. .. النساء اللواتي لا يملكن ما يملك الرجال من مقدرة على الترويح عن أنفسهن عند الضيق والكآبة، لكون الرجال يملكون القدرة عل
The Decameron is something that I had wanted to read since 10th grade when I first heard about it. The concept is simple: 7 young ladies and 3 young men decide to get away from the plague for a few weeks by heading to the countryside. Once they arrive, it is decided that they will each tell one story per night for the ten days they are there. So it is a collection of 100 short stories.

However, I never realized how raunchy and hilarious the stories would be. These stories are crazy clever and sev
Tracy Duvall
You might suspect that this is a book to read because it's good for you and helpful to mention at wine-and-cheese parties. But it's a naughtily entertaining compendium of one hundred short tales wrapped within a touching scenario. Basically, to escape the horrors of the Black Death, ten well-to-do young adults from Florence, Italy, retire to the countryside for two weeks and, among otherwise chaste activities, tell each other bawdy tales.
When I praise this book, it is not because it tastes goo
We need tales to survive in this world. To escape the Black Death a group of seven young women and three young men flee to a secluded villa outside Florence. And for two weeks they tell stories - a noble and reasonable way to pass the hard times.
Now, The Human Comedy by Balzac comes to mind. In his multi-volume collection, the great novelist was depicting French society of the time. In Boccaccio’s Decameron I find a similar representation of “human comedies”, in a nutshell.
The whole collection i
Nathan "N.R." Gaddis
So I finally found a fifty cent copy of the Penguin Decameron trans'd by McWilliam and here a new trans pops onto the horizon ; this one by Wayne A. Rebhorn from Norton. Following is a review from the new yorker.

"An instructive companion volume to Rebhorn’s Decameron is the recent The Fabliaux: A New Verse Translation, translated by Nathaniel E. Dubin, and described by R. Howard Bloch, in the introduction, as the first substantial collection of fabliaux, i
From BBC Radio 3 - Drama on 3:
Terry Jones introduces five ripping Renaissance yarns from The Decameron, starring John Finnemore, Ingrid Oliver, Carrie Quinlan, Lydia Leonard, Samuel Barnett and Colin McFarlane.

The one hundred stories which make up Giovanni Boccaccio's humane and comic masterpiece, come from all over the world. They are vividly reset by Boccaccio among the flourishing merchant classes in the cities of Renaissance Italy. But their witty, satirical, bawdy voice sounds utterly moder
Joseph Nicolello
Sick of Stars, Sick of Thumbs, Sick of Screens

The beginning of this charitable offer will be the summit, the apex of my reviews on this website. I shall use every single character available in rebellion to my being banned from the first Book Club I've ever been banned from and shall now set out to detail not just the text of this Decameron but other works by the author and the history of his life and times. I will then copyright it and publish it along with my fictional works. I hope it will ser
Jul 25, 2009 Kate marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Bawdy tales of love, February 18, 2009
This was required reading for a graduate course in medieval history.
The "Decameron" is a collection of 100 novellas by Italian author Giovanni Boccaccio, probably begun in 1350 and finished in 1353. It is a medieval allegorical work best known for its bawdy tales of love, appearing in all its possibilities from the erotic to the tragic. Other topics such as wit and witticism, practical jokes and worldly initiation also form part of
Rosa Ramôa
"No início da epidemia produziam-se inchações nas virilhas o nos sovacos (...).Depois,o mal passava a apresentar-se sob o aspecto de manchas negras que apareciam em qualquer parte do corpo,anunciando a morte.não havia remédio que curasse ou produzisse qualquer alívio ao doente."
Marts  (Thinker)
The Decameron encompasses two weeks of story telling by 7 young women and 3 young men, who gather at the Basilica di Santa Maria Novella before going to a villa in the country side in an effort to escape the Black Death. Every day each person tells a story, the tales ranging from satirical tales of the Catholic church to misadventures, embarrassments, spouses cheating each other, men and women tricking each other, etc, etc, etc... Most tales are quite humorous whilst others convey a rather impor ...more
Jun 05, 2014 Yann is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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En la premiere Iournée on deuiſe ſoubz le gouuernement de ma dame Pampinée en ce qui plus uient à gré à chaſcun.
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Andrea Zuvich
This work from the Renaissance is one of my absolute favourites. I wish more people read it as the tales have everything - from great comedy to great tragedy, and lots of life lessons learned along the way.
The Decameron, by Giovanni Bocaccio ****

Bocaccio followed hot on the heels of Dante but in many ways the books for which they are both known could not be more different. “The Decameron” is almost the exact opposite of Dante’s “Comedia”, written in prose instead of poetry, concerned with things earthy rather than divine, governed by the number ten instead of the famous “threes”, and telling many disparate stories rather than one.

The Decameron is a collection of 100 short stories that are set with
I have wanted to read this book ever since a professor told me that it's the major inspiration for Chaucer's Canterbury Tales. I wanted to read it even more when a friend told me that it was vastly better than the Canterbury Tales.

The edition I read has a lengthy introduction and analysis of the text (about 150 pages worth). I found this to be informative and helpful, even if I don't agree with everything stated therein (just little things). That said, I think anyone who decides to read The Deca
Samuel Breed
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