By Ludovico Ariosto
Translated via Guido Waldman
The in basic terms unabridged prose translation of Ariosto's Orlando Furioso--a witty parody of the chivalric legends of Charlemagne and the Saracen invasion of France--this model faithfully recaptures the complete narrative and the delicate meanings in the back of it.
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