The Little World of the Past

The Little World of the Past (Italian:Piccolo mondo antico) is an 1895 novel by the Italian writer Antonio Fogazzaro. It was the author's most successful work, considered to be his "masterpiece".[1] Fogazzaro finished the first draft in 1884, and spent the next decade revising it.[2] The novel has an alpine backdrop, and is set in the 1850s during the Risorgimento. Fogazzaro modelled the two protagonists after his parents.

The Little World of the Past
AuthorAntonio Fogazzaro
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The novel's title is sometimes given several other English translations such as Little Ancient World or The Patriot.

Film adaptation

In 1941, during the Fascist era, the novel was adapted into a film Piccolo mondo antico directed by Mario Soldati and starring Alida Valli and Massimo Serato. The film was extremely popular, and came to be seen as a precursor of neorealism.[3]


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  • Brand, Peter & Pertile, Lino. The Cambridge History of Italian Literature. Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Marrone, Gaetana. Encyclopedia of Italian Literary Studies: A-J. Taylor & Francis, 2007.

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