The Decameron by Giovanni Boccaccio, translated by Wayne A. Rebhorn, W.W. Norton & Company, 947 pages
The year is 1348. Europe is devastated by the Black Death, few cities more so than Florence. “Caring for nothing but themselves, a large number of both men and women abandoned their own city, their own homes, their relatives, their properties and possessions and headed for the countryside,” wrote Giovanni Boccaccio. “They simply concluded that no one in Florence would survive and that the city’s last hour had come.”
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