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An Autumn Story

3.65  ·  Rating Details ·  88 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
Fiction. Translated from the Italian by Joachim Neugroschel. "Set during WW II, this is the first novel to appear in English by the celebrated Italian author of Words in Commotion and Other Stories. The narrator, an outlaw, takes refuge in an odd mountain manor occupied by an elderly nobleman and his two ferocious wolfhounds. The renegade's curiosity is awakened when he se ...more
Paperback, 145 pages
Published May 15th 1989 by Eridanos Press (first published 1946)
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Glenn Russell
Jul 23, 2016 Glenn Russell rated it it was amazing

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Tommaso Landolfi (1908-1979) – Italian author, translator and aristocrat par excellence. Susan Sontag considered Landolfi’s fiction a cross between Jorge Luis Borges and Isak Dinesen.

Tales of obsession and the grotesque combined with the Gothic, anyone? If you enjoy such stories as those penned by Edgar Allen Poe, H. P. Lovecraft, Thomas Legotti, and Jorge Luis Borges, you are in for a real treat with this Tommaso Landolfi love story, perhaps the most bizarre love story I’ve ever enc
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Jul 11, 2013 pierlapo quimby rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italiani
Me la sono sempre presa e ancora me la prendo con la desolante monotonia di gran parte della narrativa italiana, che non sa parlare d'altro che di partigiani e fascisti, per dire, quando vuol ambire a palcoscenici importanti.
In Italia la letteratura o si occupa di certi temi - sempre gli stessi - o non è letteratura ma, a seconda dei casi, divertissement, provocazione, vuota esibizione di forma.

Nelle prime pagine di questo romanzetto di Landolfi, scritto nel '46, mentre un innominato esercito in
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Baylee
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La prima cosa che mi sento di dire riguardo a Racconto d'autunno è che non sembra un libro scritto da un autore italiano. So che suona come una cretinata o l'inizio di una tirata lagnosa contro i vizi degli italici scrittori, ma lasciatemi spiegare.

Racconto d'autunno è un vero e proprio fulmine a ciel sereno nella letteratura italiana. Nessuno di noi si stupirebbe nel vederlo accanto a Dracula di Bram Stoker: invece, è del
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Michael
Apr 10, 2010 Michael rated it liked it
A labyrinthine mansion in the middle of the forest. An old man who is rather hostile and his two dogs that are even more so. The portrait of a woman whom the narrator/partisan becomes enamored with. Noises. Shadows. Winding staircases and rooms concealed within walls. If that isn't enough (and it isn't) Landolfi throws in the extra perks of insanity, obsession, eroticism and incest. Did I mention the dogs?

The usual cast of twisted themes is on display once again in Landolfi's thin novel, a mild
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James
Jun 06, 2014 James rated it really liked it
Shelves: italian-lit
The narrator of this war-time tale is a fugitive. As the novella opens the narrator is being chased and after going further and further into forest clad ravines that are foreign and strange to him he encounters an eerie mansion in the woods. He explores around the grounds and almost immediately encounters two ferocious wolfhounds. Ultimately an old man appears and lets him enter. The strangeness of the place grows slowly with the fugitive narrator soon feeling that the house itself was alive:
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Adam
Oct 15, 2007 Adam rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of modern gothic
This is first novel translated in English from obscure Italian weirdo Landolfi. A Mediterranean variation on the classic gothic that some have compared to Jane Eyre and Frankenstein(I would add “House of Usher” also) but I won’t give away the plot to hide how much fun Landolfi has twisting these tropes into odd shapes. The story is about a resistance fighter in an unnamed war seeking refuge in a house occupied by and old man and his vicious dogs, a house filled with secret chambers and other mys ...more
Elalma
Nov 30, 2013 Elalma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: italiana
Anche io mi persi in un laberinto di stanze e di passaggi e ripostigli e corridoi e scale alcune palesi altre segrete perfetta fusione tra luogo e lingua, nell’archetipo affascinante dell’uomo che si perde dei meandri della mente, che può essere un partigiano in fuga come uno stalker alla ricerca di ciò che più desidera e nello stesso tempo teme. Senza questo linguaggio, questa ricchezza lessicale come gli oggetti compassati della casa, non sarebbe lo stesso. Se fuori ci sono l’orrore della guer ...more
Vincenzo
Seppure sia uno dei maggiori esponenti del romanticismo nero, credo che quest'opera non possa definirsi eccellente. Non mi ha lasciato nulla, come le stanze vuote di Lucia. Peccato, stimo Landolfi come intellettuale, conosciuto soprattutto per riflessioni linguistiche sull'italiano "pidocchiale". Spero di poterlo rivalutare presto.
Carles Bellès
Boníssimes les descripcions del casalici, de les coses pressentides, l'ambient. I de l'entorn muntanyenc. Prosa barroca (la traducció?) però contribueix a crear l'atmosfera asfixiant, el devessall de sensacions. Els diàlegs (de fet, monòlegs) de la darrera part una mica massa densos, però suposo que el personatge que parla aixi ho requeria. M'ha deixat amb gana.
Federica Pistono
Magnifico!
Maryfrog
Aug 20, 2011 Maryfrog rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


Io amo follemente lo stile di quest'uomo! Meraviglioso!!!
Rich
Jul 03, 2008 Rich rated it liked it
Shelves: general-fiction
Interesting, but not as good as his short fiction.
Andrea Fiore
May 12, 2015 Andrea Fiore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Ecco, era bastato un momento, che pareva un fuggevole e brutto sogno, un sogno remoto, a distruggere la mia vita."
Giuseppe D'Antonio
Nov 14, 2010 Giuseppe D'Antonio rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my, favorite
Junghiano.
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Trascorre tra Pico, Roma e la Toscana gli anni dell’infanzia e dell’adolescenza. Compie gli studi universitari prima a Roma, poi a Firenze. Nel 1932 si laurea in lingua e letteratura russa, discutendo una tesi sulla poetessa Anna Achmatova. Successivamente, inizia a collaborare a testate romane (“Occidente”, “L’Europa Orientale”, “L’Italia letteraria”, “Oggi”) e
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