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Parallel Text: Italian Short Stories 2

Product Description

This second volume of Italian Short Stories, with its parallel translations aims–as the first volume did–to exemplify the richness and variety of Italian writing of the twentieth century. In this volume, however, some of the language used is a little more advanced and the translations slightly less literal. Moravia and Calvino, both well known to British and American readers, appear again along with Italo Svevo, Comisso, Vittorini, Rigoni-Stern, Fenoglio and Pasolini so that the literature of both Rome and the provinces is fully represented. There are also discussions of the less familiar words and dialect expressions in the Italian text.


  • Introduction
  • The Mother by Italo Svevo (1861-1928) Translated by Edwina Vittorini
  • The Miraculous Draught of Fishes by Giovanni Comisso (1895-1969) Translated by John Higgitt
  • Wartime Autobiography. On Being a Writer by Elio Vittorini (1908-66) Translated by Edwina Vittorini
  • Nikolayevka 26 January 1943 by Mario Rigoni-Stern (1921-2008) Translated by Alexander Mandeville and Patricia Newnham
  • The Ambush by Beppe Fenoglio (1922-63) Translated by Richard Andrews
  • The Tart by Pier Paolo Pasolini (1922-63) Translated by John Higgitt
  • Overtaking by Alberto Moravia (1907-1990) Translated by Brian Cainen
  • The Origin of the Birds by Italo Calvino (1923-87) Translated by Richard Andrews
  • Notes on Italian Texts

Second 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 208
ISBN 978-0140032536
Language Italian
Level Intermediate
Media Type Book
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