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Parallel Text: Italian Short Stories 1

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The eight stories in this collection, by Moravia, Pavese, Pratolini, and other modern writers, have been selected as being representative of contemporary Italian writing. The English translations provided are literal rather than literary and there are notes and biographies of the writers to help the student of Italian. However, the volume can also be helpful to Italians, who can improve their English by studying a strict rendering of stories with which they may already be familiar.


  • Introduction
  • The Removal / Vasco Pratolini (1913–91) translated by Pamela Swinglehurst
  • Houses / Cesare Pavese (1908–50) translated by Alexander Fainberg
  • The Poor / Carlo Cassola (1917–87) translated by Anthony Rhodes
  • Big Fish, Little Fish / Italo Calvino (1923–87) translated by Archibald Colquhoun
  • The Ash of Battles Past / Carlo Emilio Gadda (1893–1973) translated by I.M. Rawson
  • The Mother / Natalia Ginzburg (1916–69) translated by Isabel Quigly
  • Anguish / Alberto Moravia (1907–90) translated by Angus Davidson
  • Footsteps in the Snow / Mario Soldati (1906– ) translated by Gwyn Morris
  • Notes on Italian Texts

First book in the Italian Penguin Parallel Text series

Key Benefits

  • Introductory notes in English that set the book in its social and literary context
  • Short stories from leading, contemporary Italian authors
  • full unabridged text in Italian
  • Complete word-for-word translation in English on facing page
  • Convenient paperback format makes key works of foreign literature accessible to the intermediate language learner.
  • Perfect for taking on vacation as there's no need to take a dictionary

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Book Genre Short Stories
Book Format Parallel Text
Binding Paperback
Publisher Penguin
Number of pages 192
ISBN 978-0140021967
Language Italian
Level Intermediate
Media Type Book
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  1. A good book to use to refresh your Italian Review by

    I bought this book and found it to be very very helpful in relearning italian. I used to speak it rather fluently as a young adult but not having spoken the Italian language for over 45 years, I have forgotten most of it. By reading the English page and then the italian page opposite, I am remembering lots of forgotten Italian....especially how sentences are constructed. This is not a book for beginners, but rather for someone who has studied Italian for a couple of years. I hope you find this information useful. (Posted on long)

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