LETTURE IN LINGUA

Leggere è la collana Hoepli di letture graduate in quattro lingue: inglese Reading, francese Lire, spagnolo Leer, tedesco Lesen, ed è strutturata in più serie per soddisfare le diverse esigenze didattiche di ciascun docente.
Ricche di immagini e illustrazioni, le varie serie propongono apparati didattici e dossier di approfondimento che consentono allo studente di acquisire una maggior competenza linguistica e di consolidare le conoscenze grammaticali.

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    • James Joyce   

      Dubliners

      Level C1

      In Dubliners Joyce explores the lives of his fellow citizens in colonial Dublin, his native city, at the turn of the 20th century.

      Through the power of astute observation and artistry, the writer reveals the deep-seated connections between the forces of family, religion and political subjection - forces that trap the characters into what Joyce called a moral paralysis.

      The stories can be read independently or as part of an organic whole, a path from childhood to maturity which offers hidden clues to interconnections between characters, situations and themes.

      Joyce’s innovative approach to the short story form has made this collection one of the most enduring masterpieces of European literature.

      This volume includes an essential biography of the author, an extensive introduction, spot-on notes to the text and a wide range of activities for comprehension and analysis.

    • Robert L. Stevenson   

      The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde

      Level C1

      An eminent scientist, Dr Jekyll, his despicable alter ego, Mr Hyde, and a well-respected London lawyer, Mr Utterson are the main protagonists of Robert Louis Stevenson's novel, one of the greatest classics of English literature. What lies behind the strange occurrences between Utterson's old friend Henry Jekyll and the evil Edward Hyde? The lawyer investigates and deciphers the mystery, which is not only a detective case but a reflection on the ambiguity of human nature and a criticism of Victorian hypocrisy.

      This volume includes an essential biography of the author, an extensive introduction, spot-on notes to the text, and a wide range of activities for comprehension and analysis. Each section of activities also contains first-style exercises that promote language competence and cultural knowledge.

    • Mary Shelley   

      Frankenstein

      Level C1

      A misshapen superhuman embittered by societal isolation is the phenomenal output of an experiment never carried out before. The creator of this “patchwork human” is the science student Victor Frankenstein. The facts unravel mainly between the breath-taking sights of the Alps and the frozen expanses of the Arctic Ocean, both serving as optical emblems of endurance, unforgiving ordeals and relentless curiosity for exploration. In the background there is the story of a family: a hallmark among the shattered certainties of the tormented Victor, faced with his public and domestic responsibilities. He is a pioneering scientist, functional father to his nameless and identity-bereft “child” and treasured betrothed.

      The text includes a variety of activities for the four skills and dossiers to explore and expand the cultural aspects associated with the story.

    • Joseph Conrad   

      Heart of Darkness

      Level C1

      Joseph Conrad’s short novel Heart of Darkness is regarded as a masterpiece of English literature for its vibrant denunciation of European colonialism and its inhuman exploitation by trading companies in Africa.

      The protagonist, an experienced sailor named Marlow, tells his fellow travellers about a previous journey through the unexplored regions of Africa that took him to the ultimate limit between reason and folly. As captain of a steamer, his aim was to find Kurtz, an agent for an ivory trading company, whose tracks had been lost years before. Rumors and strange stories which revolve around Kurtz will lead Marlow to an extreme obsession with this mysterious man and eventually to their encounter in a remote village up the Congo River. More than a real expedition, this experience becomes for Marlow a spiritual and metaphysical journey within himself.

      The text includes a variety of activities for the four skills and dossiers to explore and expand the cultural aspects associated with the story.

    • Francis Scott Fitzgerald   

      The Great Gatsby

      Level C1

      The Great Gatsby, written by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald, set in the fictional town of West Egg on prosperous Long Island in 1922, is about the young and mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby and his passion for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan. Gatsby knew Daisy from a romantic encounter in 1917 when he was not yet wealthy, and he is still deeply in love with her. When they meet again he is rich and impresses her with his extravagant lifestyle and wild parties. They begin an affair and, after a short time, Daisy’s husband, even though he is himself involved in an extramarital affair, becomes outraged by his wife’s infidelity. He confronts Gatsby and announces to his wife that Gatsby is a criminal whose fortune comes from bootlegging alcohol. This will lead to a tragic conclusion. The story explores themes of decadence, idealism, social upheaval, and excess, and creates a portrait of the Roaring Twenties. The volume includes a full biographical introduction about Fitzgerald, accurate footnotes; nine sections with comprehension, vocabulary and grammar activities; CAE-style tests for C1 level; some selectedhapters included in the audio; a final section of drama activities.

    • William Shakespeare   

      Macbeth

      Level C1

      The purpose of this book is to introduce and explain the text of Shakespeare’s Macbeth. The text itself is complete and has simple, clear notes. To get the greates pleasure from it, the reader will need to learn something more about the background of the play and the age in which it was written, about Shakespeare himself and drama as an art. But most important of all it is crucial to understand what the characters are sayind and doing, and why they say and do these things. This volume offers the opportunity to enjoy an original text while learning at the same time. All the activities aim to offer students a practical critical approach by capturing the distinctive qualities of the play and bearing in mind that students are not only interested in what happens but above all in the significance of what happens. Every element in the play is important, but the really special thing about Shakespeare is his language. Every speech carries a remendous weight of meaning. This is one of the reasons for the introduction of drama activities which allow students, who play the roles of the characters, to appreciate the language and the complexity of Shakespeare’s unforgettable characters. A final section deals with the Nature of Evil.