Written by Giovanni Verga, illustrated by Valeria Cairoli
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I Malavoglia (Italian pronunciation: [i malaˈvɔʎʎa]) is the best known novel by Giovanni Verga. It was first printed in 1881. An English edition, The House by the Medlar-Tree (1890) translated by Mary A. Craig was published in the Continental Classics series.
This work belongs to the Ciclo dei vinti, together with Mastro-don Gesualdo, and La Duchessa di Leyra, L’Onorevole Scipioni and L’uomo di lusso, works which deal with the problem of social and economical advancement. La Duchessa de Leyra remained only a draft, while the last two novels planned for the Ciclo, L’Onorevole Scipioni and L’Uomo di Lusso, were not even started.
I Malavoglia deals with a family of fishermen who work and live in Aci Trezza, a small Sicilian village near Catania. The novel possesses a choral aspect, and depicts characters united by the same culture, but divided by ancient rivalries.