Bjørnstjerne Martinus Bjørnson: Kaptejn Mansana: En Fortelling fra Italien [Captain Mansana: An Italian Tale] (1109 words)

Kathryn Jane Rees (University of Cambridge)
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The frame-story is the narrator’s attendance at the reburial of the patriot Mansana: his remains are processions and banners being transferred from the Cemetery of the Malefactors in Rome to the “flag-bedecked churchyard” of his birthplace (16). Having lodged with the wives of Mansana’s two sons thirteen years earlier, the narrator has retained an interest in the family, particularly the eldest son, Giuseppe.

Whilst serving under Garibaldi in the Italian Wars of Independence, Giuseppe Mansana had distinguished himself by courageous feats, thus “engaging the attention of thousands of persons” (28). Whilst in Ancona, he encountered the proud Princess Theresa Leaney, “a reckless charioteer&r…

Rees, Kathryn Jane. "Kaptejn Mansana: En Fortelling fra Italien". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 26 April 2017
[, accessed 23 May 2018.]

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