The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories
Jhumpa Lahiri, Jhumpa Lahiri
‘Rich. . . eclectic. . . a feast’ Telegraph
Jhumpa Lahiri’s landmark collection brings together forty writers that reflect over a hundred years of Italy’s vibrant and diverse short story tradition, including well known authors such as Italo Calvino, Elsa Morante and Luigi Pirandello, alongside many captivating rediscoveries.
Poets, journalists, visual artists, musicians, editors, critics, teachers, scientists, politicians, translators: the writers that inhabit these pages represent a dynamic cross section of Italian society.
‘An enticing collection . . . the tales are by turns startling, moving, intriguing and provocative’ The Times Literary Supplement
An enticing collection . . . a remarkable sample of the literary form . . . the tales are by turns startling, moving, intriguing and provocative; they bring melancholy, humour and a dose of the uncanny. * TLS * Taken one by one, each story in this volume is a jewel. Taken all together, the book is a remarkable introduction to Italian literature and a great gift to the English-speaking reader. Remarkable stories from a wide range of writers describe the mundane and the fantastic, the everyday and the sublime. * Kirkus * Jhumpa Lahiri has pulled off something quite striking here: a literary anthology that sparkles with invention and variety, makes a remarkably convincing case for the vitality of the modern Italian short story and also beguiles, thanks to her sharp-eyed work as editor, compiler and part-translator. -- Robert S C Gordon * Literary Review * A feast . . . her choice of 40 authors embraces familiar greats and sows them with fascinating additions . . . they remind us of the short story's playfulness, it's ability to move us with unexpected sharpness while it experiments with voices, styles and boundaries -- Julian Evans * Telegraph * A fantastically rich - and beautiful - anthology that's teaching me a lot -- Chris Power
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