Stories for the Years

Stories for the Years

by Luigi Pirandello, Virginia Jewiss

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Regarded as one of Europe’s great modernists, Pirandello was also a master storyteller, a fine observer of the drama of daily life with a remarkable sense of the crushing burdens of class, gender, and social conventions. Set in the author’s birthplace of Sicily, where the arid terrain and isolated villages map the fragile interior world of his characters, and in Rome, where modern life threatens centuries-old traditions, these original stories are sun baked with the deep lore of Italian folktales. In “The Jar,” a broken earthenware pot pits its owner, a quarrelsome landholder, against a clever inventor of a mysterious glue. “The Dearly Departed” tells the story of a young widow and her new husband on their honeymoon, haunted at every turn by the sly visage of the deceased. The scorned lover, the despondent widow, the intransigent bureaucrat, the wretched peasant—Pirandello’s characters expose the human condition in all its fatalism, injustice, and raw beauty. For lovers of Calvino and Pasolini, these picturesque stories preserve a memory of an Italy long gone, but one whose recurring concerns still speak to us today.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780300255669
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publication date: 08/05/2020
Series: Margellos World Republic of Letters Series
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,002,021
File size: 636 KB

About the Author

Luigi Pirandello (1867–1936) is one of Italy’s most significant literary figures of the last century. Virginia Jewiss, a translator of Italian literature and cinema, lives in Rome and in Washington, DC.

Table of Contents

Translator's Introduction vii

Preface xvii

The Revenge of the Dog 1

The Cat, a Goldfinch, and the Stars 13

The Jar 20

Donna Mimma 33

The Dearly Departed 63

Two Double Beds 75

Night 90

Nené and Ninì 100

A Breath of Air 111

Faith 121

Seeing As It's Not Raining… 131

A "Goy" 140

When You Understand 149

The Light in the Other House 157

Swift and Swallow 168

Mrs. Frola and Her Son-in-Law Mr. Ponza 176

The Bat 187

The Raven of Mìzzaro 198

The Waiting Coffin 205

Romulus 220

The Cathar Heresy 229

The Little Black Goat 240

Prancing 249

The Fly 259

On the Mark 271

The Little Fan 281

The Brazier 290

Dirge 303

On His Own 307

In the Evening, a Geranium 317

List of Italian Titles and Publication Dates 321

Acknowledgments 323

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