Colomba is a short novel by Prosper Mérimée which first appeared on 1 July 1840 in the Revue des Deux Mondes. It was published as a single volume in 1841 by Magen et Comon.

Esperanto translation, 1938
AuthorProsper Mérimée
Set inMarseilles and Corsica, c. 1816–19
PublisherRevue des deux Mondes (periodical), Magen et Comon (book)
Publication date
1 July 1840 (periodical),
1841 (book)
LC ClassPQ2362.C6 B47
TextColomba at Wikisource

Plot summary edit

Through the lens of historical fiction, the novella examines the Corsican vendetta. In the story, Orso is forced to consider whether he should avenge the death of his father, apparently perpetrated by the Barricini family. An Englishwoman, Lydia Nevil, attempts to dissuade him from murder, while his sister, Colomba, uses all her cunning to ensure the opposite result.

Characters edit

  • Brandolaccio "Brando" Savelli - a friendly Corsican outlaw
  • Brusco - Brando's dog
  • Colomba della Rebbia - the titular character and sister to Orso
  • Colonel Nevil - Lydia's father
  • Giudice Barricini - a barrister and head of the Barricini family
  • le Curé - a former theology student, now an outlaw
  • Lydia Nevil - an Englishwoman and romantic interest of Orso
  • Orlanduccio Barricini - son of Giudice Barricini
  • Orso della Rebbia - Colomba's brother
  • Vincentello Barricini - son of Giudice Barricini

Adaptations edit

The story has been adopted on a number of occasions for the screen:

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