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Gerusalemme liberata

3.78 of 5 stars 3.78  ·  rating details  ·  372 ratings  ·  22 reviews
Col soccorso del classico commento di Bruno Maier, ritorna nella BUR il più grande, il più inquieto, il più ombroso, forse l'unico poema possibile nel mondo moderno. Questa nuova edizione si apre con un capitale saggio di Ezio Raimondi che offre la più complessa interpretazione moderna del Tasso. La << Gerusalemme liberata>> è indagata con tutte le possibili ar...more
Paperback, 2 volumi indivisibili, 782 pages
Published October 23rd 1996 by BUR Biblioteca Universale Rizzoli (first published 1580)
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Absolutely beautiful work, and my favorite epic poem - hands down.

I had never heard of this work until I took a class called "From Homer to Star Wars" in which we, as the name implies, started with Homer's epics, and followed major epics through to Star Wars. There are several comments which I wish to make about this incredible piece.

1) The poetry is incredible: The description of Satan put my hair on end and left me speechless. Also, note the brilliance of the description of the soldiers march...more
A true epic, in scope and delivery and Wickert's work is what every translator should strive for.

This is a highly fictionalised rendering of the First Crusade's taking of Jerusalem. Hints of 'The Iliad' and 'The Aeneid' are everywhere, although Tasso's depiction of war is more somber and less heroic. His evil council of Hell in turn influenced Milton's 'Paradise Lost'.

Godfrey of Bouillon, heroic Tancred and invincible Rinaldo vie for supremacy with the likes of Solyman the Sultan, unstoppable A...more
Full review at Vintage Novels.

"Reading Tasso I was struck by how similar epic poems are to the modern epic blockbuster movie. Think of the Ridley Scott-style oevre. You have blithe disregard for historical accuracy, unbelievable feats of arms, and completely apocryphal romance subplots, often starring hilariously waiflike action girls who mow down enemies by the score.

Believe it or not, when our forefathers sat down to write blockbuster poems, this was more or less the approach they took, and Ta...more
Adamo Lanna
La Gerusalemme Liberata è un libro denso come una cioccolata calda. In ottave, certo, embè? L'ottava ha un grande potere, che è quello di dare a te il ritmo di lettura. L'ottava decide al posto tuo quanto a lungo devi leggere prima di fermarti o prima di soffermarti.
Rispetto a quelle dell'Ariosto qui c'è maggiore corposità, sono meno ariose, più lente e meditate, piene di sofferenza. Ci sono tante storie che si intrecciano con legami più stretti, ci sono uomini che si sacrificano, donne che si s...more
Jan 03, 2009 Matthew rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Milton, Spenser, Dante, Virgil, Homer or Ariosto
Beautiful and captivating, even in the (often rhyming) verse translation expertly, brilliantly executed by Anthony Esolen. I never thought that I'd enjoy a verse translation of anything so much.

I thought I was reading another tale in the Carolingian Cycle, especially because one of the main characters has the same name as one of Charlemagne's foremost knights, and because Tasso's name constantly occurs beside that of Ludovico Ariosto, author of Orlando Furioso. Instead this story takes place dur...more
Thom Swennes
Torquato Tasso (1544-1595) wrote Jerusalem Delivered in 1575 (published in 1581). This poetic epic can easily be compared to the Iliad and Odyssey by Homer. Even though Tasso isn’t a household name, his works have weathered the test of time and are still highly inspirational. Basically Jerusalem Delivered is an account of the First Crusade (1096-1099) to the Holy Lands. I admit that epic poetry isn’t my primary forte but I can still see the literary value in this antiquated historical work. This...more
Jay Eckard
This book is probably only going to be read with someone with an antiquarian interest -- I did because of its influence on English epics like The Faerie Queene and Paradise Lost.

I didn't go into with very high hopes -- how can anyone now really get too excited about what is essentially a propaganda piece for the Catholic church's actions in the First Crusade? But I was fairly wrong. Tasso's poem is (at least in places) more complex than that. The Muslim foes are given what was to me a surprisin...more
Zackery Arbela
Over the last decade or so, fantasy fiction has emerged from a geeky underground genre to become a real cultural force in it;s own right. Go into any bookstore (or just check the Amazon sales rankings...) and you'll see and endless line of titles featuring wizards, warlocks, damsels in distress (or causing distress) and the whole sword swinging, shining knight and evil wizard deal providing fuel to the imagination. Any day of the week you can turn on a tv or head into a movie theatee and see CGI...more
Giuseppe Scavo
Sangue, sesso, guerra e dio, beh... lo suggerisco agli amanti del piccolo principe, di baricco, fabio volo et al.
SO, this story is kind of ridiculous (and, obviously, I would have liked it more had it been about Philippe Auguste) but it's also incredibly vibrant. Nash has a very readable prose translation, and the footnotes indicate he also has a genuine affection for the work, which is nice. As epics go, it rates below the Odyssey, but above the Iliad and Virgil, and definitely above Roland and the Cid. I'd like to read Ariosto and Boiardo now, because (I know this means Cervantes will never forgive me) I...more
David Radavich
Torquato Tasso is one of world's great poets, and JERUSALEM DELIVERED is his undeservedly neglected masterwork - although his short lyrics are absolutely exquisitie and I re-read them regularly. JERUSALEM DELIVERED tells the enchanting, disturbing story of the First Crusade with fanciful adornments but, like Homer's depiction of Hector in the ILIAD, surprisingly even-handed in depicting the nobility and essential dignity of the Sultan. A book to spend some time with, particularly given the curre...more
James Violand
Jul 09, 2014 James Violand rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone.
Shelves: own
This is an epic poem about the First Crusade to liberate the Holy Land. Little read today, it was once consider a must read during the Renaissance. Tasso imitates Homer and Virgil in composing this work and pits love against duty within the main characters. A work that should be resurrected.
Michael SaharaFrog
Most things I've read comparing Ariosto to Tasso seem to think Tasso the better poet. While I enjoyed this poem, I loved Ariosto. This is well worth the read - I just liked Orlando Furioso more.
Adriana, are you there? You have to read this poem, it's hard to believe how beautiful the already-beautiful Italian can get.
Luís Corujo
Lido bem perto do sítio onde foi declamado pela primeira vez: Castelo de Ferrara
I recommend Edward Fairfax's seventeenth-century translation, if you can find it.
Cristina Contilli
It is interesting to see all the allusions to the Aeneid.
unexpectedly beautiful
Read in Italian.
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Torquato Tasso (11 March 1544 – 25 April 1595) was an Italian poet of the 16th century, best known for his poem La Gerusalemme liberata (Jerusalem Delivered) (1580), in which he depicts a highly imaginative version of the combats between Christians and Muslims at the end of the First Crusade, during the siege of Jerusalem. He died a few days before he was due to be crowned as the king of poets by...more
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