The Decameron is a literary art work classified as the cradle of the short stories; it was the first collection of short stories. Time wise, The Decameron emerged in the 14th century. Some historians estimated it came 200 years post the Arabic literary work Arabian Nights (or One Thousand and One Nights), but in any case the stories of Arabian Nights were different, and relatively longer.
The author Giovanni Boccaccio gave it the title “The Decameron”, it’s Greek for “ten days”. Ten days is the time frame of which the stories included are being told. The book begins at the period of Black Death, and the siege of group of seven women and three men in a place which the contagion of Plague was hovering and threatening them. With their feeling of near death, they decided that each one of them will tell a story, one story every day, every other and the stories summed up to a total of one hundred. They had nothing but tales, except the moral of the story. They decided to stick to the dim light at the end of the tunnel.
But what does any of this have to do with The Decameron’s blog?
In this blog I want to present a new literary and intellectual experience, to collect thoughts and ideas about books, novels, philosophies and movies, talking about them, understanding them, pondering them, and exercising better writing through them.
What you can do in The Decameron?
Any written piece that falls under any of the previously mentioned subjects is always welcome, you can contact me at any time via karim[at]thedecameron.net . You can also share any posts you like to help promoting the idea. And finally, the least you can do is to only follow the blog, and drop me comments and feedbacks to help enriching the contents with your thoughts.