Order the book now!
written by Igino Tarchetti (1839 - 1869)

First time in English. Set in the mid-nineteenth-century Italy, Passion tells of a love triangle involving Giorgio, an offiver in the Italian army; Clara, a robust young married woman with a child; and the grotesque, vampire-like Fosca, who embodies the romantic macabre. The relationships, one involving adultery and the other flouting of social conventions, are treated with warped extremity, at once serious and ironic.

Passion, in all its power and mystery, pulses through the novel. With morbid wit and satiric edge, Tarchetti explores themes that will resonate with contemporary audiences - relating the erotic with disease, celebrating illicit love, and questioning the bourgeois ideal of feminine beauty.

"Tarchetti's striking novel (titled Fosca in Italian) has it all - obsession, deception, sex, death, and passion in many ineluctable forms..."
- Kirkus Reviews

"Romantic sentiment and modern neurosis are entwined in the stories ... macabre curious that have unexpected power."
- The New Yorker

"Never fails to entertain"
- New York Times Book Review

Iginio Ugo Tarchetti (1839 - 1869) was associated with the scapigliatura - "the disheveled ones" - a group of bohemian painters, composers, and writers whose art and life were intended to shock and provoke. Lawrence Venuti is a distinguished translator whos works include two collections of stories by Dino Buzzati and Fantastic Tales by Tarchetti. A former judge of the PEN-BOMC Translations Awards, he teaches at Temple University.



Last updated: 01/09/2005 14:34

Print this page    

Michael Ball @ Social Media

JustBall.Net @ Social Media & more

Latest Updates
On Stage: Anatoly in ENO's Chess

26 April - 2 June 2018
Book your tickets
On Twitter

Weekly Radio Show
Together Again

Release Date New Album: 27 October 2017
Order your copy

Random Pictures

Contact Us | JBN - The Team | Home
Copyright © 2016 ---. All Rights Reserved. ---

Website Owners: Kerstin Wohlgemuth (Dulmen, Germany) and Julia Sedat (Potsdam, Germany)

This is not an official website. Michael Ball does not own, control, authorize or endorse it, nor is he responsible for its contents.
Any emails sent to this website will NOT be forwarded to Michael Ball..