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Giovanni Verga the most important sicilian writer

Giovanni Carmelo Verga (2 September 1840 – 27 January 1922) was an Italian realist (Verismo) writer, best known for his depictions of life in his native Sicily, and especially for the short story (and later play) Cavalleria Rusticana and the novel I Malavoglia (The House by the Medlar Tree).

His reputation was slow to develop, but modern critics have assessed him as one of the greatest of all Italian novelists. His influence was particularly marked on the post-World War II generation of Italian authors; a landmark film of the Neorealist cinema movement, Luchino Visconti’s Terra trema (1948; The Earth Trembles), was based on Verga’s novel I malavoglia.

In Catania there is a charming little museum dedicated to the life and work of the Sicilian poet Giovanni Verga, Casa Museo di Giovanni Verga is located in Via Sant’Anna 8, 95124 Catania, Italy, is open Tuesday to Saturday, from 9 to 16. Wednesday and on Friday the closing time is to 18. Sundays (except in some special date) and Monday is closed. The telephone number of Casa Verga is 095-7150598.