When it was first published in 1979, this collection won that year's Viareggio Prize. Neither 25 years nor English translation has diminished this Absurdist jewel. Manganelli (All The Errors) presents the reader with 100 two-page tableaux, each featuring one or more nameless characters living actively in an intense moment. Assassins, a public toilet attendant, several men in love or aware of their lovelessness, a greedy dreamer, and even a few trolls populate these tiny but fully fleshed-out tales. The final piece presents a mathematical model for book writing itself. While this work won't appeal to those looking for mass market fiction, it is accessible and should delight both those with experience with 20th-century absurdism and younger readers new to a now bygone movement. Manganelli (1922-90), to an astonishing extent, seems to have written with foreknowledge of our current world, one in which any of us might, en route home, be "delayed by a disagreeable downpour, a slight earthquake, and rumors of an epidemic." What to do in such a time? Consider these stories-and Manganelli's sardonic advice to smile.-Francisca Goldsmith, Berkeley P.L., CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.