Requiems & Nightmares: Selected Short Fiction of Guido Gozzano
Translation by Brendan and Anna Connell
Release Date: IN PRINT
The Turin born Guidio Gozzano was the first and finest representative of the Crepuscolari, the poets of the Twilight. Before his tragically early death from consumption at the age of thirty five he produced two short volumes of verse
La via del rifugio
and I colloqui
, the latter rendered into English as The Colloquies , which quickly became renown for their quietly perfect evocations of nature, melancholy, tenderness and nostalgia.
But unknown to most English speakers Gozzano also wrote short stories, conte cruels influenced by Poe and Maupassant and aesthetic prose nightmares; both of which display the same delicate crepuscular style and sense of tragic absurdism.
Requiems & Nightmares collects together the best of these tales and presents them to the Anglophone reader for the first time.
Within these pages the reader will find
The True Mask
, the bizarre fate of a promising young artist whose works grow too close to nature; A Romantic Story
, a Gothic tragedy and The Soul of the Instrument , a Symbolist fairy tale after the manner of Lorrain and Wilde, along with other morbid and fantastic pieces. An exquisite item for those interested in Italian poets of the early twentieth century and the various literary movements which bloomed in that country in the years following the Fin de siècle.
Introduction by Brendan Connell
The Real Face
A Spiteful Day
The Altar of the Past
The Handsome Hound
The Benefits of Zarathustra
A Romantic Story
The Soul of the Instrument
Appendix: La Bela Madamin
Requiems & Nightmares is to a sewn and jacketed hardcover the print-run of which is limitedto 250 copies
The price is £30 including postage and packaging worldwide
‘ Requiems & Nightmares is one of the most interesting reading experiences I've had, because in this collection literary prose meets creativeness with wonderful results.
Requiems & Nightmares is full of beautiful and nostalgic prose, which will thrill and seduce readers (if you enjoy reading literary prose, you'll love this collection).’ Seregil of Rhiminee,
‘This is precisely the sort of book that many readers will be looking for; beautiful and unusual, but very accessible.’
The Agony Column
‘Gozzano’s short fiction is a pleasant surprise, apt to entertain and delight even the shrewdest of contemporary readers.’ Mario Guslandi,