The Late Mattia Pascal

The Late Mattia Pascal[Epub] ➟ The Late Mattia Pascal By Luigi Pirandello – Heartforum.co.uk Mattia Pascal endures a life of drudgery in a provincial town Then, providentially, he discovers that he has been declared dead Realizing he has a chance to start over, to do it right this time, he mo Mattia Pascal endures a life of drudgery in a provincial town Then, providentially, he discovers that he has been declared dead Realizing he has a chance to start over, to do it right this time, he moves to a new city, adopts a new name, and a new course of life only to find that this new existence The Late Kindle - is as insufferable as the old one But when he returns to the world he left behind, it s too late his job is gone, his wife has remarried Mattia Pascal s fate is to live on as the ghost of the man he once wasAn explorer of identity and its mysteries, a connoisseur of black humor, Nobel Prize winner Luigi Pirandello is among the most teasing and profound of modern masters The Late Mattia Pascal, here rendered into English by the outstanding translator William Weaver, offers an irresistible introduction to this great writer s work.

Luigi Pirandello Agrigento June Rome December was an Italian dramatist, novelist, poet, and short story writer whose greatest contributions were his plays He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature for his almost magical power to turn psychological analysis into good theatre Pirandello s works include novels, hundreds of short stories, and about The Late Kindle - plays, some of which are written in Sicilian Pirandello s tragic farces are often seen as forerunners of the Theatre of the Absurd.

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  1. Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    Il fu Mattia Pascal The Late Mattia Pascal, Luigi PirandelloThe Late 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 theme of the mask The protagonist, Mattia Pascal, finds that his promising youth has, through misfortune or misdeed, dissolved into a dreary dead end job and a miserable marriage His inheritance and the woman he loved are stolen from him by the same man, his eventual wife and mother in law badger him Il fu Mattia Pascal The Late Mattia Pascal, Luigi PirandelloThe Late 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 theme of the mask The protagonist, Mattia Pascal, finds that his promising youth has, through misfortune or misdeed, dissolved into a dreary dead end job and a miserable marriage His inheritance and the woman he loved are stolen from him by the same man, his eventual wife and mother in law badger him constantly, and his twin daughters, neglected by their mother, can provide him with joy only until an untimely death takes them Death robs him even of his beloved mother 1974 1348 424 1394 247 9789640016992 1394 292 9786001217548 20

  2. Steven Godin says:

    Recognized as one of the founding figures of modern drama and theater, Nobel Laureate Luigi Pirandello is not so well known in the English language as a novelist and short story writer, but this humorous affair written in 1904 shows he could work wonders in both fields He touches on some of the themes that reverberate throughout his work as a dramatist those being illusion and reality, and the enigmas of identity.The narrator here that would be Mattia Pascal is something of a wazzock, a risi Recognized as one of the founding figures of modern drama and theater, Nobel Laureate Luigi Pirandello is not so well known in the English language as a novelist and short story writer, but this humorous affair written in 1904 shows he could work wonders in both fields He touches on some of the themes that reverberate throughout his work as a dramatist those being illusion and reality, and the enigmas of identity.The narrator here that would be Mattia Pascal is something of a wazzock, a risible buffoon, a figure carved out of a fizzy comic opera, he is the impoverished son of a once rich family that ended up being ruined by a villainous swindler Living a dreary existence as an archivist, with a weary marriage, he is bedeviled by an intrusive mother in law, and tormented by creditors, so swiftly slips away to Monte Carlo where luck and fortune find him Whilst missing in action back home he is mistakenly identified as deceased slightly far fetched, but hey, people make mistakes and sees an opportunity to start a second life by being an enterprising rogue under a new identity and new name But eventually he comes to realise he can only ever be the one and only Mattia Pascal.To the consternation and confusion of all the other characters, this novel turned into a right old lark, with a shadowy, farcical and slapstick nature infused with a sardonic tone This is death on a silver platter without the inconvenience of dying With Mattia s self created doppelganger Adriano Meis, Pirandello reminds us of how he began addressing that conundrum which he calls the clumsy, inadequate metaphor of ourselves and for all the laughable moments this novel provided, on deeper reflection I also found it quite moving, as Mattia Pascal slowly starts to realise that his freedom is in part illusory and comes at a price, as he loses his identity so he loses his ability to control his own destiny, becoming evenimprisoned than he was before Again William Weaver, who I have come across with many other Italian novels, does a great job with the translation

  3. Lea says:

    Central questions of Pirandello s novel are Who am I and What is freedom One of the few things, in fact about the only thing I was sure of wasmy name Mattia PascalThe last time I read Pirandello I was in high school, and I think I read some plays that I have to re read because I don t remember them very well This is his most famous novel that has some autobiographical features and is exploring themes of identity, self, freedom, and death that were the most obvious and prominent, spiced Central questions of Pirandello s novel are Who am I and What is freedom One of the few things, in fact about the only thing I was sure of wasmy name Mattia PascalThe last time I read Pirandello I was in high school, and I think I read some plays that I have to re read because I don t remember them very well This is his most famous novel that has some autobiographical features and is exploring themes of identity, self, freedom, and death that were the most obvious and prominent, spiced up with a humorous note that made this novel relatively light read Mattia was full of deep introspective philosophical questions, with a little bit of hopeless, nihilistic world view I would say that death and mourning really accompanied him through his childhood and adolescence and shaped his perspective on himself and the world First the early death of his father, that became a distant, unfamiliar and unrememberable figure, and then death his two baby daughters and his mother, that was a living shadow, without any initiative or authority in her life, that could handle her own life issues and was over sensitive about Mattia and his brother Without an example of how to handle maturely the problems that he was facing in his life, Mattia started to escape into solitude with books and deep abstract thoughts He felt pretty empty and alone in the world with questions of meaning and direction he should take in his life I could certainly relate to this type of defense mechanism of avoiding problems and conflicts with other people as I believe many people who adore books and are intellectual types could So I read and read, a little of everything, haphazard, but books of philosophy especially Heavy stuff, I grant you but when you get a little of it inside you, you grow light as a feather and begin to touch the clouds I believe I was always a bit queer in my head But these readings quite finished me When I no longer knew what I was about, I would shut up the Library, and go off along a little path that led down a steep incline to a solitary strip of seashore.His own financial and marital situations became a cage that he associated with his own sense of self, and that was the beginning of his longing to escape not only his situation, but his own self The idea of a suicide as in killing his former identity rises and he does, helped by the series of the events, he becomes Adriano Meis, the man that travels the world with any obligations to anyone except himself What could possibly happen to me anywhereworse than what I had been through Perhaps beyond the horizon ahead anew slavery awaited me but with heavier chains, I asked myself, thanthose I had just snapped from my feet In time he learns through the pain that there is excruciating loneliness in the absolute freedom, and our longing for connectedness makes us dependant on others and the quest for absolute freedom impossible Freedom is the dream we dream but never achieve, and even if we could achieve it, as Mattia, we wouldn t be happy or fulfilled We can crave solitude only to get it and learn that we cannot live alone I was so absolutely free that it was difficult for me to bring myself to any particular kind of life.Fear of being caught again by the tentacles of life would keep methanever aloof from men Alone Alone Utterly alone I m worse than dead as old Anselmo reminded me the dead are through with dying, while I have to die again Alive as regards the dead, dead asregards the living What kind of a life can I live, after all Againalone, all by myself solitude The only ultimate liberation that we have on this earth is death Supposing, in a word, that there were no such thing as thisdeath which fills us with such terror, that death should prove to benot the extinction of life but a gust of wind, merely, which blows outthe light in our lantern, extinguishes this dolorous, painful,terrifying sense of life we have terrifying, because it is limited,narrowed, fenced in by the circle of fictitious darkness that beginsjust where the light from our lantern stops Very mind provoking read with themes that deeply interest me, but for some reason, I didn t connect with the novel as well as I thought I would Maybe I read it at the wrong time and might change the rating in the future, but for now, 4 stars, even though I would highly recommend this novel to all the people who have a need to think about themselves and the world in a deeper way

  4. Megha says:

    Have you ever thought about going to a place where nobody knows you and starting a new life as an entirely new person Luigi Pirandello makes Mattia Pascal live out this fantasy Great misery has befallen Mattia Pascal and there is no silver lining in sight Unable to think of anything else to do, he runs away leaving everyone and everything behind A few days later on his way back home, he discovers that while he was away a dead body was mistaken for his and he has been declared dead in his town Have you ever thought about going to a place where nobody knows you and starting a new life as an entirely new person Luigi Pirandello makes Mattia Pascal live out this fantasy Great misery has befallen Mattia Pascal and there is no silver lining in sight Unable to think of anything else to do, he runs away leaving everyone and everything behind A few days later on his way back home, he discovers that while he was away a dead body was mistaken for his and he has been declared dead in his town Out of the confusion this caused emerged one thought FREEDOM All the ties of his past life were now broken and Mattia could now re invent himself and live a new, better life.And then follows the tragi comic tale of the late Mattia Pascal Life experiences have a great say in shaping a person In trying to erase his past, Mattia Pascal had to lose a great part of himself His roots were cut off and he was empty, a mere shadow of a person He found himself struggling with the questions of self identity and his purpose in life The people he had left behind, the ones who thought he was dead were indeed free of him, in a true sense He, on the other hand, could not escape the past life he had lived Poor Mattia s miserable adventure at living a new life reminds me of something Fyodor Dostoevsky said in Crime and PunishmentIf you ran away, you d come back to yourself Mattia never found real freedom, it was only an illusion The question of whether free will really exists has been a long standing debate And Pirandello s take on this is in the negative What Mattia was living was tyranny masked as freedom How could he ever hope for a true friendship or relationship when he was not free to reveal the real himself to anyone His freedom tied him in the chains of solitude, complete solitude The only life left for Mattia Pascal was that of the ghost of himself.Pirandello s writing is very accessible and easy to read It is flavored with wit, irony and subtle humor For casual readers, he gives a compelling and well crafted story Forserious readers, it is interspersed with intriguing thoughts, reflections on life and some beautiful passages The novel is a little treat for those who love existential themes and paradoxes.My copy of the book has a brief beautiful post script by the author where he talks about art, reality vs illusion and how very realistic human significance can sometimes be found in imaginary fables This was in response to critics who had denounced his work for being unrealistic and far from normal life.The postscript is followed by another one which reports a real life case similar to the life of Mattia Pascal in this novel, which happened several years after the novel was first published Fiction is real, after all

  5. Donato says:

    Before you read another book or finish the one you re reading , before you see another movie, before you contemplate any work of art, get yourself to the nearest bookstore or library or wherever you prefer to look at books, and find Pirandello s Il fu Mattia Pascal The Late Mattia Pascal , wherein you will find Avvertenza sugli scrupoli della fantasia A Warning on the Scruples of the Imagination Just read those 4 or 5 pages, which are not actually part of the novel, and you will begin t Before you read another book or finish the one you re reading , before you see another movie, before you contemplate any work of art, get yourself to the nearest bookstore or library or wherever you prefer to look at books, and find Pirandello s Il fu Mattia Pascal The Late Mattia Pascal , wherein you will find Avvertenza sugli scrupoli della fantasia A Warning on the Scruples of the Imagination Just read those 4 or 5 pages, which are not actually part of the novel, and you will begin to see perhaps that Art is True.Here s a taste quei tali signori che, giudicando un romanzo, condannano questo o quel personaggio, questa o quella rappresentazione di fatti o di sentimenti, non gi in nome dell arte come sarebbe giusto, ma in nome d una _umanit _ che sembra essi conoscano a perfezione, come se realmente in astratto esistesse, fuori cio di quell infinita variet d uomini capaci di commettere tutte quelle sullodate assurdit _che non hanno bisogno di parer verosimili, perch sono vere_ those gentlemen that, in judging a novel, condemn this or that character, this or that representation of facts or feelings, not in the name of art as would be right, but in the name of a _humanity_ that they seem to know perfectly, as if it actually existed, but is in fact separate from that infinite variety of men and women who are capable of committing all those above mentioned absurdities _that don t need to seem verisimilar, because they are real_ my translation Oh yeah, what about the novel itself A philosophical romp into what it means to to be Alive So good I wanted to read it again right away, but of course there sliterature to be consumed.

  6. Jim Fonseca says:

    Right in the first few pages the author tells us this is the story of a man who died twice Our hero, or anti hero, is going nowhere in late 1800 s Italy He earns a pittance as the librarian in backwater Italian town He lives with screaming kids, a wife who has lost interest in him and a viscous mother in law who hates him One day while out of town, he learns from newspapers that the decomposed body of a suicide victim down by the watermill in his home town was mistaken for him He is free Right in the first few pages the author tells us this is the story of a man who died twice Our hero, or anti hero, is going nowhere in late 1800 s Italy He earns a pittance as the librarian in backwater Italian town He lives with screaming kids, a wife who has lost interest in him and a viscous mother in law who hates him One day while out of town, he learns from newspapers that the decomposed body of a suicide victim down by the watermill in his home town was mistaken for him He is free He goes on a gambling spree and actually makes money and creates a new life for himself in a distant town But living a second life is far from easy and the plot turns into a farcical soap opera or a real opera, since the work is translated from the Italian The book was published in 1904, and like other novels of that era, such as Dostoyevsky s Crime and Punishment or Unamuno s Abel Sanchez, there is a lot of exploring of the psychology of the main character dues to the newly developing field of psychology The author won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1934 It kept my attention and I found the plot fast paced and with a bit of a mystery to it

  7. Praj says:

    R.I.P Mattia Pascal.Mattia Pascal was a man born to endure adversities in every walk of life He was a dutiful son who saw his family affluence ruined by a benefactor after his father s death and his mother s existence fading into rueful shadows He was a concerned husband and a doting father even in the thorniest situations that brought demoralizing repercussions in his marital life The only thing Mattia was ever sure about in his burdensome life was his name Mattia Pascal It was his solita R.I.P Mattia Pascal.Mattia Pascal was a man born to endure adversities in every walk of life He was a dutiful son who saw his family affluence ruined by a benefactor after his father s death and his mother s existence fading into rueful shadows He was a concerned husband and a doting father even in the thorniest situations that brought demoralizing repercussions in his marital life The only thing Mattia was ever sure about in his burdensome life was his name Mattia Pascal It was his solitary possession that he found solace in May God bless his soul and hope that he ultimately finds peace for he truly needs it.Remember you until the end of time Adriano Meis. R.I.P Adriano Meis Adriano Meis cradled in boundless freedom He was an architect of his own life Adriano lived a cheerful life with no obligatory relations Free as a bird he traveled places, embraced a new world with open arms where imagination had no boundaries He was a self made man justly born to be free Yet, he died in solitude being caged in his own individuality a man whose existence was in itself a nothingness.Thanking you for an ephemeral bliss Anonymous. Late Mattia Pascal is indisputably Pirandello s masterpiece Written in a biographical form it deals with the facet of personal identity and the calamitous dilemma of its mutability The plot runs through familiarizing the reader with the fateful life of a young Italian man Mattia Pascal, to whom happiness is a rare commodity Troubled by a miserable marriage, penurious livelihood and utter condemnation of his survival Mattia leaves his native land in search of a unsullied liberated self Compelled by his rebellious mind set, he finds an opportunity in a miscalculation when a newspaper reports his fallacious death Finally, an escape to a freer life and thus an alter ego unchained to societal obligation is created Adriano Meis was a specter of broken ties who would be distressed by the humanness of Mattia Pascal Unmasking a phantom The famous Pirandellian epistemology of post modernism existentialism questioning the foundation of distinguishable identity and its significance to human existence illuminates through the minute details of Mattia s life Was Mattia legit in his actions of concealing the truth and using the passage to live an entirely different life Would it have been better if he had braved his unfortunate situations rather than living like a ghost Is a specified identity essential to individual to acquire a civil status that may sometimes become burdensome Is identity purely mechanical or is there a human trait to its implication The manuscript undeniably rattles your grey cells and makes you ponder on the limits of unconsciously self constructing a new identity without acquiring a legit civil status Freedom is what everyone craves to escape the harsh conditions of misfortune But with limitless freedom comes the human aspect of excruciating seclusion and constraints of legitimacy Death was seen as a liberating prospect by Mattia from his entire monetary and emotional burden His newly altered appearance and name bestowed him contentment, until his past caught up overwhelming him with nostalgic reminiscences, thus gradually transmuting his new persona into a dense prison in itself Pirandello justifies the legitimacy of society and reality that forms convinced shadows of which individuals can never liberate themselves, except when death overtakes mind, body and soul In the end, whether it was Mattia or his alter ego Adriano , they were merely trying to unmask a self created phantom as neither both could entirely break away from from each other

  8. Tyler Jones says:

    Even in so called literary circles, the name of Luigi Pirandello is connected primarily with his innovative work as a playwright Almost entirely forgotten, at least outside of the Italian speaking world, are the early novels which launched his literary career The Late Mattia Pascal, published in 1904 could certainly lay claim to being one of the most unjustly under appreciated books of the Twentieth Century It is a psychological meditation grafted on to a rollicking comic adventure Perhaps t Even in so called literary circles, the name of Luigi Pirandello is connected primarily with his innovative work as a playwright Almost entirely forgotten, at least outside of the Italian speaking world, are the early novels which launched his literary career The Late Mattia Pascal, published in 1904 could certainly lay claim to being one of the most unjustly under appreciated books of the Twentieth Century It is a psychological meditation grafted on to a rollicking comic adventure Perhaps these very comic elements are what has doomed the book to be taken less seriously than it deserves.Mattia Pascal is born into a family of modest wealth, but whose fortune has all but vanished while Mattia is still in his teens Through his own misadventures though Mattia would certainly lay the blame on others he finds himself trapped in an unbearable marriage and deeply in debt Then an incredible turn of events presents Mattia with the opportunity to escape his dreary life and start fresh with enough money that he need never work again.Pirandello brilliantly layers a novel with insight and philosophical weight on top of a plot that is escapist fantasy fulfillment for who hasn t dreamed of starting life over with a clean slate and pile of cash Then, in A Warning on the Scruples of the Imagination , Pirandello successfully argues that his outrageous plot is not at all far fetched that in fact just such events arecommon place than we suspect Thus, through art, Pirandello opens our eyes to the magic of everyday life Kudos again to New York Review Books for bringing important works such as this back into print

  9. Caroline says:

    This is an interesting contrast with Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself , which I read a short time ago In Sheppard Lee a man flees debts and a generally unsatisfactory, pointless life by magic That is, dying in an accident, he finds he can magically inhabit another body whose owner has just died However, he takes on the character and life circumstances of said dead man, which in time, for each of the sequence of bodies he adapts, becomes intolerable.Mattia Pascal, in contrast, doesn t die b This is an interesting contrast with Sheppard Lee, Written by Himself , which I read a short time ago In Sheppard Lee a man flees debts and a generally unsatisfactory, pointless life by magic That is, dying in an accident, he finds he can magically inhabit another body whose owner has just died However, he takes on the character and life circumstances of said dead man, which in time, for each of the sequence of bodies he adapts, becomes intolerable.Mattia Pascal, in contrast, doesn t die but is released when his wife and his harridan mother in law identify someone else s dead body as his Mattia has run away a few days before and takes the misidentification as a godsend Pascal too flees debts as well as a miserable home life But he suddenly finds equal misery in having no identity at all in his un dead state Both he and Sheppard Lee avoided any kind of serious education or training, and they have no inner resources to support them when adversity and boredom strike Both have lost their inherited lands to devious business managers, and thus as gentlemen have no way to earn a living.Pirandello investigates authenticity, asking how much of our identity is dependent on external definition heritage, relationships, position, law Not an innovative subject for a novel now, but in 1904 this must have been a fairly unusual work Mattia tries to live without any home or relationships for a while, then gradually becomes enmeshed in a new set of relationships which he cannot sustain in his inauthentic, unrecognizable legal state He both takes advantage of others and is taken advantage of, without a self of recognized responsibility and integrity.The following quote is interesting in the context of other WWI era reading This feeling about life, for Signor Anselmo, was exactly like a lantern which makes us see ourselves scattered over the earth, and makes us perceive good and evil a lantern which projecs all around us aor less extensive circle of light, beyond which lies the blank shadow, a fearful shadow, which would not exist if the lantern was not lit in us, but which we must unfortunately beiieve to be real as long as the lantern is alight within us When at the end it is snuffed out, perpetual night will greet us after the misty daylight of our illusion, or rather, we will be left to the mercy of Being, which will only have shattered the vain forms of our reasoning In each period, in fact, a certain agreement about feelings tends to establish itself among men, which gives light and color to those lanterns which are represented by the abstract terms Truth, Virtue, Beauty, Honour and so on Don t you think, for example, that the lantern of pagan Virtue must have been red Christian Virtue must have been violet, a depressing color The light of a common idea is fed by a collective feeling if however , this feeling stops being general, the lantern of the abstract term stays standing, but the flame of the idea crackles, flickers, and dips, as usually happens in all periods of so called transition Then there are periods in history, not altogether rare, when proud gusts of wind suddenly extinguish all the lanterns Wonderful In the unexpected darkness there is an indescribable sense of disorientation amongst the smaller lanterns some go hither, some thither, some turn back, some falter no one knows the way any longer they bump into one another, perhaps make groups for a while of ten or twenty, but cannot come to any agreement and go back to being scattered about in a state of confusion and anguish and fury, like ants that can t find the entrance to the anthill when some cruel child has blocked it up just for fun I think, Signor Meis, that we are at one such time at this very moment It is very dark and confused All the great lanterns have gone out Who should we turn to Should we turn back perhaps Should we go back to the surviving lanterns which great men now dead have left burning on their tombs The weak, but constant light of these little lanterns re lanterns of men who get their lantern oil from the church of course awakens a painful envy in many of us whilst certain others, who think they are armed, like so many Jupiters, with the tame thunderbolts of science and who, in place of the little lanterns, carry triumphantly electric torches, feel disdain and pity

  10. Inês says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Luigi Pirandello is not only known by his works in prose but for his work as a playwright and this second trait is visible in this work and in other similar works like 6 characters in search for a writer As his stories are often times filled with originality and are extremely dramatic But also depict a weird reality that calls our attention.In this narrative the protagonist, Mattia Pascal, finds himself in a life that gives him no pleasure With a wife and a mother in law badgering him cons Luigi Pirandello is not only known by his works in prose but for his work as a playwright and this second trait is visible in this work and in other similar works like 6 characters in search for a writer As his stories are often times filled with originality and are extremely dramatic But also depict a weird reality that calls our attention.In this narrative the protagonist, Mattia Pascal, finds himself in a life that gives him no pleasure With a wife and a mother in law badgering him constantly The only people he loved were his twin daughters and mother which destiny decided to rob from him In a desperate act to escape he goes to monte Carlo where luck meets him and he acquires a small fortune It is when he decides to go back home, only to find out while reading the newspaper that his wife and mother in law declared an unknown corpse to be his own Emmersed in a profound shock he realizes that it was his opportunity to start a fresh new life and settled in Rome with a new identity His character develops in unexpected and admirable, ways Yet now the protagonist saw himself entangled in multiple incidents, that lead him to conclude that continuing with his plans will entail only misery for those he loves, precisely because his entire life his gained freedom and his past is now a lie Ultimately, he decided to fake his own death and return to his original life That proved to be difficult as his family and town seemed to be adjusted to his death, and his own adjustments to his previous character prompted him to have mercy on his now remarried wife So, after dying twice, the late mattia pascal reduces himself to a figure outside the mainstream of society a walk on par in his own life The book proved to be an interesting take upon how death affected him And how he didn t have to physically die, to understand what it was like to literally be outcasted from society

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