“This new translation of Pirandello’s little-known early work sheds light on the repressive culture of traditional Sicilian village life, prefiguring themes that he would take up in his later fiction and drama. Masoni has done an excellent job in bringing to English-speaking readers this portrayal of a vanished world.”
— Susan Bassnett, author of Translation Studies and Luigi Pirandello in the Theatre: A Documentary Record
"Accused of an affair she never committed, Marta Ajala battles against misogyny and malice to create an independent life for herself, her mother, and sister. Masoni's new translation of Pirandello's great work brilliantly captures the novel's unique blend of realism and modernism through to its paradoxical conclusion."
— Ann Hallamore Caesar, coauthor of Modern Italian Literature
“Bradford Masoni’s masterful translation fills a significant gap in the reception of modern Italian literature in English. A crucial transitional work between realism and modernism, this story of a woman’s attempt to take control of her own social image remains powerfully relevant well over a century after its initial publication.”
— Luca Somigli, coeditor of Futurism: A Microhistory
"Masoni's rendition of The Outcast is a much-needed contribution to the dissemination of Pirandello's œuvre in English. Beautifully translated, Masoni's work masterfully captures the linguistic complexity and cultural richness of Pirandello's writing style."
— Lisa Sarti, coeditor of Pirandello's Visual Philosophy: Imagination and Thought across Media
“A story of forbidden love and humorous misunderstanding, The Outcast is innovative, playful, and intellectually challenging writing by one of Italy’s greatest modern authors. These traits shine in Masoni’s new and much-needed translation. He has captured the ambiguous uncertainties and charming difficulties of Pirandello’s first novel, making it available once again to an English-language audience both to study and enjoy.”
— Michael Subialka, coeditor of PSA: The Journal of the Pirandello Society of America