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Fantastic tales

Author: Iginio Ugo Tarchetti; Lawrence Venuti; Jim Pearson
Publisher: San Francisco : Mercury House, ©1992.
Edition/Format:   Book : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Giulia's corpse ... rests in her shroud as if wrapped in the veils of her virginal bed. Her beauty has lost none of its seductiveness. A white dress, light, almost diaphanous, covers her modest figure ... Her pure white hands lie at her sides with the gentle surrender of sleep, and only her feet, pointing upward and joined together, bear witness to the horrible rigidity of death." This passage from "Bouvard," a  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Short stories
Horror fiction
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Tarchetti, Iginio Ugo, 1841-1869.
Fantastic tales.
San Francisco : Mercury House, c1992
(OCoLC)644190426
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Iginio Ugo Tarchetti; Lawrence Venuti; Jim Pearson
ISBN: 156279020X : 9781562790202
OCLC Number: 24504076
Notes: Includes stories contained in the author's Racconti fantastici.
Artist Jim Pearson.
Description: 191 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Contents: The legends of the black castle --
Captain Gubart's fortune --
A spirit in a raspberry --
Bouvard --
A dead man's bone --
The lake of the three lampreys --
The elixir of immortality --
The letter U --
The fated.
Other Titles: Legends of the black castle.
Spirit in a raspberry.
Dead man's bone.
Lake of the three lampreys.
Elixir of immortality.
Letter U.
Fated.
Responsibility: I.U. Tarchetti ; edited and translated by Lawrence Venuti ; with original illustrations by Jim Pearson.

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Presents a selection of gothic tales, including The Legends of the Black Castle, A Spirit in a Raspberry, A Dead Man's Bone, The Elixir of Immortality, and The Fated.  Read more...

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