Terra vergine

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Published: 1903
Language: Italian
Wordcount: 98,488 / 329 pg
LoC Category: PQ
Downloads: 498
Added to site: 2011.10.05
mnybks.net#: 30849

One of the last novels of Barrili, who by then was a professor of italian literature.

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Per andare alla Gomera, si passava davanti a Teneriffa, che è l'isola centrale del gruppo delle Canarie. Il gran picco di Teneriffa era proprio allora in piena eruzione vulcanica; maraviglioso spettacolo, che per la maggior parte dei marinai di Cristoforo Colombo poteva dirsi anche nuovo. Udendo i boati della montagna, e i tuoni frequenti che facevano tremar l'aria tutto intorno, vedendo la immensa colonna di fumo che usciva a fiotti dall'alto cratere, le fiamme che guizzavano in mezzo a quel fumo, i torrenti di lava che scendevano rosseggianti nella notte lunghesso i fianchi del cono, quei poveri marinai del secolo decimoquinto provarono gli stessi timori che cinque secoli prima dell'Era volgare avevano fatto dare indietro i compagni di Annone Cartaginese.

Quella eruzione spaventosa di Teneriffa era una ammonizione ai mal capitati. Così, per terremoti e per vulcani, si era inabissata una gran terra, laggiù, di cui narravano oscure leggende; quell'istesso mare che l'aveva ing

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