Italy: A Traveler's Literary Companion

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Italy’s rising literary stars join some of its best-known writers — including Nobel-laureate Luigi Pirandello, Natalia Ginzburg, Alberto Moravia, and Antonio Tabucchi — to take the reader on a panoramic tour of both city and countryside, across the social spectrum, surveying the country’s rich cultural history. Explore Italy’s popular tourist destinations and out-of-the-way spots under the fresh and even startling light cast by these twenty-three diverse and exciting stories, most of which are available here in ...

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Overview

Italy’s rising literary stars join some of its best-known writers — including Nobel-laureate Luigi Pirandello, Natalia Ginzburg, Alberto Moravia, and Antonio Tabucchi — to take the reader on a panoramic tour of both city and countryside, across the social spectrum, surveying the country’s rich cultural history. Explore Italy’s popular tourist destinations and out-of-the-way spots under the fresh and even startling light cast by these twenty-three diverse and exciting stories, most of which are available here in English for the first time. For those who wish to reach beyond the stereotypes and get an insider’s view to discover an Italy that’s off the beaten path, as well as new insights along familiar, well-traveled roads, these stories — arranged geographically for the traveler, armchair or otherwise — are an excellent place to start. Contributors include Barbara Alberti, Corrado Alvaro, Romano Bilenchi, Massimo Bontempelli, Dino Buzzati, Andrea Camilleri, Natalia Ginzburg, Claudio Magris, Marilia Mazzeo, Luigi Malerba, Dacia Maraini, Maria Messina, Alberto Moravia, Aldo Palazzeschi, Goffredo Parise, Luigi Pirandello, Domenico Rea, Mario Rigoni Stern, Lalla Romano, Alberto Savinio, Tiziano Scarpa, Antonio Tabucchi, and Federigo Tozzi.

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Two books to bring on your trip are Italy: A Traveler's Literary Companion, edited by Lawrence Venuti (Whereabouts. 2003. ISBN 1-883513-14-6. pap. $14.95), one of the "Traveler's Literary Companion" series, which presents 18 short stories by the best Italian writers of the 20th century, and Susan Cahill's Desiring Italy (Fawcett: Ballantine. 1997. ISBN 0-449-91080-6. pap. $13.95), an anthology featuring a stellar (and remarkably diverse) group of women: Muriel Spark, Florence Nightingale, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883513146
  • Publisher: Whereabouts Press
  • Publication date: 9/28/2003
  • Series: Traveler's Literary Companion
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 747,329
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.40 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Table of Contents

Map
Preface
North: Turin, Portofino, Milan, Venice, Veneto, Trieste
Summer 3
Well Off 8
The Bewitched Jacket 15
Deep Water 23
Built to Kill 31
Enchantment 39
Music Lessons 47
Center: Tuscany, Florence, Rome
Wicked Memories 55
A Geographical Error 67
A Bender 80
Voices Borne by Something, Impossible to Say What 88
The Air of Rome 104
The Lady with the Fan 112
The Thinker 124
The Game 134
The Other Family 140
South: Naples, Capri, Calabria, Sicily
Honeymoon in Naples 152
The American Woman 159
Noontide at Anacapri 175
My Civil Death 190
The Black Kid 200
The Shawl 210
We're Talking Millions 221
Further Reading 234
Permissions 236
About the Translator 238
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 7, 2010

    Pack it!

    The contemporary short stories in this collection, grouped by location, are wonderful on their own, but recently proved the perfect travel companion. The editor has selected engaging stories set in locations the visitor may recognize while exploring an Italy beyond the guidebooks.

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