Luigi Pirandello, Il fu Mattia Pascal [The Late Mattia Pascal]

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Luigi Pirandello’s third novel,

Il fu Mattia Pascal

[The Late Mattia Pascal; 1904], marks the transition from the writer’s naturalist/verist phase, characterized by the publication of novels such as


[The Outcast; 1901] and

Il turno

[The Shift; 1902], to a more experimental, surreal, and avant-garde one.

Il fu Mattia Pascal

is universally considered one of the earliest and most significant works of European modernism. Both the novel’s style and content announce Pirandello’s final break from literary realism and philosophical positivism. No longer interested in issues concerning the objective representation of the world, the Sicilian writer turned his attention to a more modern way to portray reality. Heavily influenced by the dramatic development of late…

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Citation: Chirumbolo, Paolo. "Il fu Mattia Pascal". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 04 June 2014 [, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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