Words in Commotion and Other Stories

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9780670805181: Words in Commotion and Other Stories

Book by Tommaso Landolfi

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Text: English, Italian (translation)

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Little known in this country when he died in 1979, Landolfi is scarcely better recognized today, a situation this collection of 24 stories, with an introduction by Italo Calvino, is intended to remedy. Landolfi did not aspire to amuse or entertain in the usual sense; he preferred to confound and mystify. Even in his relatively conventional stories he scarcely bothered to inquire into motive or seek resolution. In "Uxoricide," for example, a wife-murderer sets out to kill the shrew for reasons that do not seem quite sufficient, so that the act itself appears brutal and sadistic. In "A Woman's Breast," a man lusts after that part of a stranger until he attains it, is thereupon sickened by the sight and discovers odd morbidities within himself. Landolfi's overriding interestslanguage and its literary possibilities, metaphysics, literary criticismnecessarily limit his audience. He saw the writer as one who spits words (see the title story), and he set himself against the critics who accused him of being "utterly indecipherable and mysterious." That is, however, a challenge hurled at the reader. QPBC alternate
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Tommaso Landolfi
Editore: Viking (1986)
ISBN 10: 0670805181 ISBN 13: 9780670805181
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Descrizione libro Viking, 1986. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Never used!. Codice libro della libreria P110670805181

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