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The Child of Pleasure () by Gabriele d'Annunzio, translated by Georgina Harding and Arthur Symons · Introduction→. Related Portals. This paper centers on the nature of Gabriele d'Annunzio's first, and very influential novel, Il piacere, and its influence on Italian thought at the. Il piacere (Italian Edition) eBook: Gabriele D'Annunzio: Kindle Store. Instead they used a PDF that can be found on the internet of this book and.

You would be forgiven if, seeing the actual cover, you mistake the book Englished as Pleasure as an addition to the Italian corpus of erotic works which include Boccaccio's The Decameron, and Aretino's Ragionamenti , or even an Italian Fanny Hill. There are provocative parts which this translation faithfully restores , to be sure, but D'Annunzio's Pleaure is a beautifully written novel which among other things, I would describe as Aesthetic Bliss. Sperelli is obsessed with surrounding himself with beautiful things. Roses have many meanings, but with regard to this novel, there are two that are most significant: that of symbolizing the female sex organs, and that of being associated with the Virgin Mary. In this novel, which frequently juxtaposes the sacred and the profane, the rose could be seen to be the most representative symbol of this juxtaposition. The princely magnificence of the Colonnas, of the Dorias, of the Barberinis attracted him vastly more than the ruins of imperial grandeur. D'Annunzio—the lover of beauty—sides clearly with the first over the second. Anabasis was nothing compared with this! One of which is the immersive scenes he conjures up with his meticulously detailed descriptions of objects and people. Here was the faithful Lover, always young, immortal; here was the Source of pure joy, forbidden to the multitude, conceded to the elect; here was the precious Food, which makes man similar to a god. How could he have drunk from other cups after bringing his lips to that one? You are right to be so in love with Rome. And because he sought out these things with skill, like an aesthete, he naturally drew from the world of objects a great part of his exhilaration. He regarded life itself as a work of art. In Pleasure, published in when D'Annunzio was only twenty-six, he created an exceptionally complex game of life and art imitating each other in infinite regression, like a pair of opposing mirroprs in which it is impossible to distinguish the object from the reflection.

The Child of Pleasure

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The Child of Pleasure

The novel closes with him slowly following the armoire up the steps into Palazzo Zuccari. The central theme is that of the decadent esthete.

The novel is a central text of the Italian decadent literary movement, Decadentism. The esthete Andrea is a nobleman who loves only art, and who is dedicated to the veneration of a woman, Elena.

Elena's chimerical nature, however, destroys the balance of the protagonist, and reveals her to be a kind of femme fatale. The style of the novel is also of utmost importance: The work's insistence on a unique, pure language may account for its quasi- mannerist and baroque tones.

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Finally, on October 4, Maria tells Andrea that she loves him. Her husband returns and the two lovers are separated.

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Book III Once he returns to Rome, Andrea resumes his decadent lifestyle, as it was before his injury: he spends time with women of the demimonde and superficial, indifferent friends. Restless and full of bitterness, he meets Maria Ferres. His attraction to his old lover, in her new role as temptress, and his fascination with Maria for her pureness and fragility, become intertwined in his mind.

He therefore tries to seduce Elena in again, in the palace where he'd first possessed her, Palazzo Barberini , but her husband appears and he immediately gives up. Soon after, Andrea spends time at Maria Ferres' house in Rome, where they talk.

The next night, the two meet again at a concert at the Philharmonic, which Elena also attends. Elena becomes jealous of the couple and before leaving, asks Andrea to accompany her to her carriage where she kisses him passionately.

Andrea then has a moral crisis but ultimately decides to pursue Elena, whom he loves. This does not stop him from still dreaming about Elena. Book IV Rejected by Elena's cold nature, Andrea learns through friends that Maria's husband has fallen into financial ruin caused by gambling. Maria remains strong in the face of her pain and tells Andrea that he must remain faithful to her.

Andrea, however, is struggling to conceal his "doppio gioco," literally, double game, that he has been playing, wherein he has been courting Maria and Elena without either of them knowing about the other.