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Short Stories in Italian: New Penguin Parallel Text

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This collection includes stories by established Italian literary figures such as Italo Calvino and Primo Levi as well as a new generation of writers. Aspects of Sicilian and Italian life are explored by Leonardo Sciascia and Goffredo Parise, while Antonio Tabucchi looks at the natures of reality.
Paperback, 192 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Penguin Books (first published September 30th 1999)
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I tried this initially as a electronic book on the iPad, which was useless as you completely lose the parallel text, so this is one of my few recent reads that has been in a physical format.

The collection of stories is excellent with real variety and reading interest in both languages.

As a novice at Italian having this variety of registers and literary styles was tremendously useful to assist in developing a breadth of understanding of the written language outside of newspapers and websites.

A good collection of stories, almost all extremely readable. I would single out the long final story by Antonio Tabucchi as especially good. To my taste the weakest one was the surreal 'The Island of Komodo'. I have recently read the Spanish language short-story collection in this series, and the Italian one wouldn't be as comprehensive as regards notes on the text. Also I think that a vocabulary-list at the end of these books would be of help too.
Most of these stories were quite interesting, however nearly every single one of them ended without really explaining anything or having a real conclusion. I felt let down by the few that I enjoyed and frustrated with the rest. I know that a few of them are parts of bigger stories or linked to something else, but it was very disappointing that they were so brief and inconclusive.

My favourite short story in this collection was I pomeriggi del sabato because I felt really involved in the story and
Not all the stories were equally interesting, in my opinion, but they presented a curious variety of Italian short story. The books was worth reading if only for Italo Clavino's, Primo Levi's and Antonio Tabuchhi's stories. But the other stories were not a waste of time either. Parallel translation, even though not always perfect, was a helpful tool in studying Italian and improving the reading fluency.
Overall, a great assortment of short stories. I loved all of them, from the kafka-esque "L'isola di Komodo" to the heart-breaking "I pommeriggi del sabato". Having the English and Italian versions side by side was really helpful although tedious- I've never crawled through reading anything so slowly in my life, but it was worth it.
Lovely stories that stick with you. I read it for the English translations as well as the original Italian, so everyone can read it. All the stories put together remind me so strongly of Italy, they create such an atmosphere.
Overall, very good. Particularly "I pomeriggi del sabatao", "L'ultimo canale", and "Italia." Some deserve a reread.
Rodrigo d'Orey
Funny first story. :)
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