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The Late Mattia Pascal (new edition)
ISBN 0946626189 / 9780946626182 / 0-946626-18-9
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Pascal, a landowner fallen on hard times and trapped in a miserable marriage, runs away from home and wins a lot of money at the gaming tables in Monte Carlo. Meanwhile, a dead body has been found in his village, and his neighbors assume it is Pascal- that he has killed himself. Seizing the chance to create a new life, Pascal travels to Rome under an assumed name, struggles to invent a different identity, fails, and returns home. There, he finds his wife has remarried. Now he must act out the role of a living ghost. These tragic events are recounted with verve and wit in Simborowski's spirited translation. [via]