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Benito Cereno

Melville, Herman

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ISBN 10: 0876360231 / ISBN 13: 9780876360231
Editore: Imprint Society, Barre, 1972
Condizione: Good Rilegato
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limited edition of 1950 copies; 135pp; leather spine dried and worn; prior owner's gift script to half title; in heavily worn and yellowed slip-case Size: Folio - over 12" - 15" tall. Codice inventario libreria 031247

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Titolo: Benito Cereno

Casa editrice: Imprint Society, Barre

Data di pubblicazione: 1972

Legatura: Hard Cover

Condizione libro:Good

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[This is the Audiobook CASSETTE Library Edition in vinyl case.]

[Directed by Gabrielle de Cuir]

[Read by Stefan Rudnicki]

With its intense mix of mystery, adventure, and a surprise ending, Benito Cereno at first seems merely a provocative example from the genre Herman Melville created with his early bestselling novels of the sea. However, most Melville scholars consider it his most sophisticated work, and many, such as novelist Ralph Ellison, have hailed it as the most piercing look at slavery in all of American literature.

Based on a real life incident -- the character names remain unchanged -- Benito Cereno tells what happens when an American merchant ship comes upon a mysterious Spanish ship where the nearly all-black crew and their white captain are starving and yet remain hostile to offers of help. Melville's most focused political work, it is rife with allusions (a ship named after Santo Domingo, site of the slave revolt led by Toussaint L'Ouverture), analogies (does the good-hearted yet obtuse American captain refer to the American character itself?), and mirroring images that deepen our reflections on human oppression and its resultant depravities.

It is, in short, a multilayered masterpiece that rewards repeated readings and deepens our appreciation of Melville's genius.

About the Author:

HERMAN MELVILLE (1819-1891) was born in New York. Family hardships forced him to leave school for various occupations, including shipping as a cabin boy to Liverpool in 1839--a voyage that sparked his love for the sea. A shrewd social critic and philosopher in his fiction, he is considered an outstanding writer of the sea and a great stylist who mastered both realistic narrative and a rich, rhythmical prose.

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