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The Late Mattia Pascal

Narrated by: Mel Jackson
Length: 9 hrs and 3 mins
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The Late Mattia Pascal (Italian: Il fu Mattia Pascal ) is a 1904 novel by Luigi Pirandello. It is one of his best-known works and was his first major treatment of the paradox “form/life”. The narrator-protagonist is a young Italian man who, after his father’s death, sees his family ruined by a mean swindler, the man who was supposed to help them. 

Mattia finds himself in a miserable social condition. He feels that his promising youth has vanished into a dreary dead-end job and a unhappy marriage: His wife doesn’t love him; his mother-in-law, with whom he lives, hates him. So Mattia leaves to Monte Carlo, where he wins a lot of money in a casino. 

On the train back, after 12 days, he learns on reading a newspaper that, in his villages, everybody thinks he is dead. An unrecognizable body has been found in his well. Incredible! He has a second chance to begin a new life. But it’s not easy to get it done. He escapes from his “form” and his “shape”, a sort of social identity that reveals to be a cage, and tries to begin a new life without any social identity but...

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Anyone who wants to listen to quality literature, should start with this book because it is a Pirandellian essence of which one should not forget and run the risk of not reading it by forgetting. buy for those who read Italian or in another language for the value of the author.

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The Late Mattia Pascal


The author is best known for his plays, but he wrote some excellent short stories, and also novels, such as this comic masterpiece, It's not as modernist as his plays, but the writing is fast, crisp and witty, with some genuinely intriguing characters. I really enjoyed it, and was glad to have discovered it in this excellent translation.

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A brilliant, tragi-comic existentialist examination! An enjoyable and thought-provoking commentary on the human condition, identity, art, and life, death and what lies in between.

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The clue of the book is the tragic melancholy of the séance...when he himself is evoked as his own spirit. Existentially spooky!