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Italian Tales: An Anthology of Contemporary Italian Fiction

Massimo Riva


This book serves as a literary map to guide readers through the varied geography of contemporary Italian fiction. The book includes English-language translations of short stories and excerpts from novels that were originally published in Italian between 1975 and 2001. As an expression of a communal contemporary condition, these narratives suggest a new sensibility and a new way of seeing, exploring, and inhabiting the world, in writing. The book provides an introduction to Italian literary trends of the past twenty years. Each selection is preceded by a short introduction and biography of the ... More

Keywords: contemporary Italian fiction, short stories, novels, writing, literature, Italian literary trends

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780300095302
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300095302.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Massimo Riva, editor

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Consuming the View

Luigi Malerba

Part I Ruins with a View

The Keeper of Ruins

Gesualdo Bufalino


Sebastiano Vassalli

Lost Road

Gianni Celati

Part II Memory Lanes

On the Neverending Terrace

Anna Maria Ortese

The Piazza

Fabrizia Ramondino

Great Bear, Little Bear

Ginevra Bompiani

Part III Vanishing Points

Windswept Lane

Antonio Tabucchi

Reaching Dew Point

Daniele Del Giudice


Erri De Luca

Leo's World

Pier Vittorio Tondelli

Part IV Views from Afar


Pier Maria Pasinetti

The Day of Thanksgiving

Paola Valesio



Franco Ferrucci

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