By Giovanni Verga
Author Giovanni Verga is credited with laying off mild at the trials, tribulations and triumphs of rustic villagers in distant parts of nineteenth-century Italy. Under the Shadow of Etna brings jointly a few of Verga's best-known works, together with the tale "Rustic Chivalry," which used to be additionally the foundation for a wildly renowned play.
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Under the Shadow of Etna by Giovanni Verga