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This article offers a preliminary presentation of the unpublished comedy Il Mistero delle Tre Melarancie (The Mystery of the Three Oranges), by the Italian Jewish author David Levi (1816–1898). This play was one of Levi’s last works and is of great importance due to its subject matter. It deals with fundamental themes in Levi’s Weltanschauung, such as Judaism, modernity, and Saint-Simonism, and reveals his ideas during the last phase of his life. In this essay, I describe its content, delineate its position within the author’s literary corpus, and offer a first assessment of its relevance for the study of modern Judaism.

In: Zutot
David Levi: a Jewish Freemason and Saint-Simonian in Nineteenth-century Italy
In this volume, Alessandro Grazi offers the first intellectual biography of the Italian Jewish writer and politician David Levi (1816-1898). In this intriguing journey through the mysterious rites of Freemasonry and the bizarre worldviews of Saint-Simonianism, you can discover Levi’s innovative interpretation of Judaism and its role in modernity. As a champion of dialogue with Catholic intellectuals, Levi’s importance transcends the Jewish world. The second part of the book presents an unpublished document, Levi’s comedy “Il Mistero delle Tre Melarancie”, a phantasmagorical adventure in search of his Jewish identity, with an English translation of its most relevant excerpt.
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In: Prophet of Renewal
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