Summary (Masterplots II: World Fiction Series)
Barnabo of the Mountains follows the experience of one man, in his relationship with the forbidding but fascinating mountains, through a crisis of honor and cowardice in the course of carrying out his duties as a forest-guard, and his subsequent deeply felt need to prove and redeem himself. Dino Buzzati openly acknowledged the influence of other writers, among them Joseph Conrad, especially Conrad’s Lord Jim (1900). This influence is particularly strong in Barnabo of the Mountains, in the theme of redemption and in the relationship of the characters with the elements and with their environment.
Buzzati’s novella opens with a fantasy map of the area and a precise description of the setting in which the forest-guards live. They are moving their headquarters into the “New House,” built because their previous base, the “Old Mardens’ House,” is falling into disrepair. One of their duties is to guard the “Polveriera,” or “Powder-Magazine,” a hut nestled in the rocks. It was built during a road-building project through the mountains as a place to store explosives. The project abandoned, the explosives remained, and more ammunition was added as the authorities recognized its safe location conveniently close to the border. In the course of the move to the New House, the head forest-guard, an old man full of stories about the inaccessibility and threat of the mountains and the people who died in them, is killed by...
(The entire section is 1105 words.)
Show us the love and view this for free! Use the facebook like button, or any other share button on this page, and get this content free!free!
Want to Read More?
Subscribe now to read the rest of Barnabo of the Mountains Summary. Plus get complete access to 30,000+ study guides!