By Dimitri Vittorini
This moment quantity of Italian brief tales, with its parallel translations goals - because the first quantity did - to exemplify the richness and diversity of Italian writing of the 20 th century. during this quantity, notwithstanding, many of the language used is a bit more complicated and the translations a little much less literal. Moravia and Calvino, either popular to British and American readers, seem back in addition to Italo Svevo, Comisso, Vittorini, Rigoni - Stern, Fenoglio and Pasolini in order that the literature of either Rome and the provinces is absolutely represented. There also are discussions of the fewer generic phrases and dialect expressions within the Italian textual content.
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