(From the publisher):
The Cloven Viscount, set in the late Middle Ages, is the grisly tale of viscount Medardo di Terralba, who in his first battle against the Turks is neatly cut in half by a cannon shot. He returns to his lands in Austria—literally half a man—and becomes the personification of evil, provides children with poison mushrooms, banishes his faithful nurse to a leper colony, and carries on a ghoulish courtship with a beautiful shepherdess. When the other half of the Viscount miraculously appears on the scene and tries to undo the damage, a weird conflict develops, and the happy ending is no less startling than the story itself. As an allegory of modern man—alienated and mutilated—this novel has profound overtones. As a parody of the Christian parables of good and evil, it is both witty and refreshing.
Original title: Il visconte dimezzato
Genre: Fiction→ Fantasy→ Literary Fantasy
This work is a subwork of the following works :
Nonexistent Knight, the; and, The Cloven Viscount (1962) [Paired Work]
Author: Italo Calvino