Catastrophe and Other Stories

Catastrophe and Other Stories

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This volume brings together twenty of the best stories written by Dino Buzzati - author of the celebrated novel The Tartar Steppe and one of the most original voices in twentieth-century literature - stories which show the Italian master's taste for the bizarre and the humorous, and for exploring the darker recesses of the human psyche.

From `The Collapse of the Baliverna', where a man is racked with guilt at the thought that he might have been responsible for the loss of many lives, to `The Epidemic', which describes the spread of a "state influenza" contracted only by people who don't step into line with the government, and `Terror at the Scala', where the higher echelons of Milan society are gripped with the fear of an impending revolution - these stories show how strange and unexpected events can creep into everyday life and draw ordinary people towards mystery, disquiet and, ultimately, catastrophe.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 224 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 21mm | 214g
  • Alma Classics
  • Richmond, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 1847497365
  • 9781847497369
  • 393,840

Table of contents

Contains: Catastrophe, The Collapse of the Baliverna, The Epidemic, Terror at the Scala
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Review quote

[These stories] capture something of the national mood. They portray delicate psychologies, and are themselves psychologically delicate, full of premonitions and subtle turns. * The New Yorker * The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily is one of the noblest books I know -- Lemony Snicket An extraordinary writer... [Buzzati's] writing feels timeless. * The Independent * Out of a gothic tale...Frightening, lyrical, and provocative. * New York Times *
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About Dino Buzzati

The novelist, journalist and painter Dino Buzzati (1906-72) is one of the most important voices of twentieth-century Italian
literature. He is best remembered today for his novel The Tartar Steppe and the story The Bears' Famous Invasion of Sicily, which he illustrated himself and has become a classic of Italian children's literature
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