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Colquhoun, Archibald

Works: 123 works in 355 publications in 3 languages and 7,395 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Historical fiction  History  Bildungsromans  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Picaresque fiction  Short stories  War fiction  Science fiction  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Translator, Author, Editor, Compiler, Creator, Contributor, Other
Classifications: PQ4843.O53, 853.914
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Archibald Colquhoun
The leopard by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa( Book )

63 editions published between 1960 and 2018 in English and French and held by 2,834 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The novel is a chronicle of fifty years of the Risorgimento, the Italian Unification's effect on Sicily, dating from Garibaldi's landing on the island in 1860 to the final decline of a once-opulent Sicilian family. The book represents a variation on the historical novel, in that it permits the present to intrude into the past--the omniscient narrator hints at what will happen after the story is finished. The protagonist is Don Fabrizio Corbera, Prince of Salina. He accepts that his nephew, Tancredi, joins the rebels, but sees the aristocracy displaced by the middle class. After the prince's deathbed scene, in which he sums up the small number of joyful hours as against his seventy years of boredom, the view deepens into psychological narrative. However, the story does not end in his death, but the final chapter, set in 1910, shows the decline of the family.--Adapted from
Manzoni and his times : a biography of the author of The betrothed (I promessi sposi) by Archibald Colquhoun( Book )

21 editions published between 1945 and 1979 in English and held by 554 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The betrothed, "I promessi sposi" : a tale of XVII century Milan by Alessandro Manzoni( Book )

5 editions published between 1956 and 1965 in English and held by 468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set in Lombardy during the Spanish occupation of the late 1620s, The Betrothed tells the story of two young lovers, Renzo and Lucia, prevented from marrying by the petty tyrant Don Rodrigo, who desires Lucia for himself. Forced to flee, they are then cruelly separated, and must face many dangers including plague, famine and imprisonment, and confront a variety of strange characters the mysterious Nun of Monza, the fiery Father Cristoforo and the sinister Unnamed' in their struggle to be reunited. A vigorous portrayal of enduring passion, The Betrothed's exploration of love, power and faith presents a whirling panorama of seventeenth-century Italian life and is one of the greatest European historical novels
The betrothed by Alessandro Manzoni( Book )

28 editions published between 1951 and 2015 in English and held by 462 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renzo and Lucia fly from the villainous Don Rodrigo and are separated. Their flight takes them out of their peaceful village life into turbulent history; violent bread riots in Milan, the ravages of the 30 years war, famine, and finally the plague, with all its attendant horrors
The path to the nest of spiders by Italo Calvino( Book )

11 editions published between 1947 and 2013 in English and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Pin, a young cobbler's apprentice in a town on the Ligurian coast during World War II, becomes involved with a band of partisans after a mishap with a Nazi soldier
Italian regional tales of the nineteenth century by Archibald Colquhoun( Book )

3 editions published in 1961 in English and held by 343 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The siren and selected writings by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa( Book )

5 editions published between 1995 and 2011 in English and held by 323 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although best known as author of a singular masterpiece, The Leopard, the Prince of Lampedusa left a rich and varied oeuvre that repays a careful reading. The best and most representative of it is collected in this volume. Places of My Infancy, a childhood memory of the Lampedusa palace in Palermo at the turn of the century, and of the great family mansion inland at Santa Margherita, provides a fascinating background to the princely setting of The Leopard. The text hitherto published had been edited and pruned by the author's widow, and resulted in a somewhat impoverished version. Here the author's original text - with many characters and incidents earlier suppressed - has been fully restored. The story of The Professor and the Siren, a delicious example of Lampedusa's fantasy, and The Blind Kittens (the first chapter of an unfinished novel of bourgeois Sicily that would have formed a pendant to The Leopard) both featured as appendices to Harvill's earlier edition of the great novel. They are included here together with a charming, comic, bitter-sweet story, Joy and the Law. Guiseppe di Lampedusa's knowledge of English literature, which derived from a lifetime's reading as well as from a number of extended visits to Britain as a young man, bore fruit in a series of informal seminars he gave in his later years at Palermo. The plan was to introduce his listeners to English writers from Bede to Aldous Huxley, pausing along the way not only at the great classics but also among the lesser known Restoration poets and Victorian novelists. To this, as also in his shrewd and dynamic appraisal of the French novelist Stendhal, he brought the lucid intellect and warmth of feeling that informs his own deeply Sicilian creative genius
The baron in the trees by Italo Calvino( Book )

7 editions published between 1959 and 2014 in English and Spanish and held by 271 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Cosimo, a young Italian nobleman of the eighteenth century, rebels against parental authority by climbing into the trees and remaining there for the rest of his life. He adapts efficiently to an arboreal existence --hunts, sows crops, plays games with earth bound friends, fights forest fires, solves engineering problems, and even manages to have love affairs. from his perch in the trees, Cosimo sees the age of Voltaire pass by and a new century dawn." En la cubierta
The day of the owl by Leonardo Sciascia( Book )

4 editions published between 1963 and 2013 in English and held by 258 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A man is shot dead as he runs to catch the bus in the piazza of a small Sicilian town. Captain Bellodi, the detective on the case, is new to his job and determined to prove himself. Bellodi suspects the Mafia, and his suspicions grow when he finds himself up against an apparently unbreachable wall of silence. A surprise turn puts him on the track of a series of nasty crimes. But all the while Bellodi's investigation is being carefully monitored by a host of observers, near and far. They share a single concern: to keep the truth from coming out"--Publisher's description
The Lost legions; three Italian war novels( Book )

4 editions published in 1967 in English and Undetermined and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Capri letters : (a novel) by Mario Soldati( Book )

3 editions published between 1955 and 1956 in English and held by 212 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kærlighedsfortælling der behandler det religiøse kontra det seksuelle
A life by Italo Svevo( Book )

8 editions published between 1982 and 2018 in English and held by 146 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A Life is the gruelling story of the frustrated existence of a bank clerk with a poetic soul. The artistic aspirations of the protagonist and the emptiness of his daily life become tragic in the great divide between what he wants and what he actually has and gets. Alfonso the bank clerk wants to be a poet and seems to be falling in love with Annetta, the vain and arrogant daughter of his boss. But the emptiness of both his attempts at writing and at love lead to an ironic and painful conclusion."--BOOK JACKET
The viceroys by Federico De_Roberto( Book )

5 editions published between 1962 and 2016 in English and held by 143 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A lost literary classic, written in 1894, The Viceroys is one of the most acclaimed masterworks of Italian realism. The novel follows three generations of the aristocratic Uzeda family as it struggles to hold on to power in the face of the cataclysmic changes rocking Sicily. As Garibaldi's triumphs move Italy toward unification, the Uzedas try every means to retain their position. De Roberto's satirical and mordant pen depicts a cast of upper-class schemers, headed by the old matriarch, Donna Teresa, and exemplified by her arrogant and totally unscrupulous son, Consalvo, who rises to political eminence through lip service, double-dealing, and hypocrisy. The Viceroys is a vast dramatic panorama: a new world fighting to shrug off the viciousness and iniquities of the old."--Page 4 of cover
The new line by Mario Pomilio( Book )

2 editions published in 1961 in English and held by 80 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The reactions in a provincial Italian town robbed of self-government for years, when freedom is suddenly proclaimed. A short political fable
The Sergeant in the snow by Mario Rigoni Stern( Book )

4 editions published between 1953 and 1998 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Mario Rigoni Stern was barely twenty-one - and already a battle veteran - at the time of the hallucinatory World War II disaster searchingly described in this book. In July 1942, the Italian forces in Russia totaled 230,000 men. They included three divisions of Alpini troops, specially trained for winter warfare; the author of this book belonged to one of these, the Tridentina. In December, the troops began retreating, entirely on foot, with no supplies, at a temperature of 30-40 degrees below zero. Many of the troops, overcome by exhaustion, broke away from the column; others were cut off and captured by the Russians, others lost in the steppes. In the end, about 90,000 were missing or dead, about 45,000 frostbitten and wounded." "This narrative, together with his novel The Story of Tonle and several other works, paints a broad fresco of Italy's history in this century, chronicling social and political change so radical and profound that it has touched even those in such secluded provincial communities as that which Rigoni Stern has so masterfully described."--BOOK JACKET
The path to the spiders' nest by Italo Calvino( Book )

1 edition published in 1998 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The cloven viscount by Italo Calvino( Book )

4 editions published between 2012 and 2017 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In this fantastically macabre tale, the separate halves of a nobleman split in two by a cannonball go on to pursue their own independent adventures. In a battle against the Turks, Viscount Medardo of Terralba is bissected lengthwise by a cannonball. One half of him returns to his feudal estate and takes up a lavishly evil life. Soon the other, virtuous half appears. The two halves become rivals for the love of the same woman, fight a bloody duel, and achieve a miraculous resolution. Now available in an independent volume for the first time, this deliciously bizarre novella is Calvino at his most devious and winning"--
Difficult loves by Italo Calvino( Book )

5 editions published between 1984 and 2017 in English and held by 64 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Intricate interior lives are brilliantly explored in these short stories, now presented in one definitive collection as Calvino intended them. In Difficult Loves, Italy's master storyteller weaves tales in which cherished deceptions and illusions of love--including self-love--are swept away in magical instants of recognition. A soldier is reduced to quivering fear by the presence of a full-figured woman in his train compartment; a young clerk leaves a lady's bed at dawn; a young woman is isolated from bathers on a beach by the loss of her bikini bottom. Each of them discovers hidden truths beneath the surface of everyday life. This is the first edition in English to present the collection as Calvino originally envisioned it, and includes two stories newly translated by Ann Goldstein"--
Places of my infancy : a memory by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa( Book )

2 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 52 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

I nostri antenati by Italo Calvino( Book )

2 editions published between 1980 and 1998 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The leopard
The path to the nest of spidersThe siren and selected writingsThe baron in the treesThe day of the owlA lifeThe Sergeant in the snowThe path to the spiders' nestDifficult lovesI nostri antenati
Alternative Names
Archibald Colquhoun englischer Übersetzer

Archibald Colquhoun English translator

Archibald Colquhoun letterato e traduttore britannico

Archibald Colquhoun traductor británicu (1912–1964)

Archibald Colquhoun (translator) Brits vertaler (1912-)

Colquhon, Archibald

Colquhoun, A.

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Spanish (1)

French (1)