Love In Vain Selected Stories Paperback – Jun 5 2001
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From Publishers Weekly
PEN award-winner Minna Proctor translated the 20 pieces by prolific Italian realist Federigo Tozzi (1883-1920) that make up Love in Vain: Selected Stories, in which the young characters' search for the romantic ideal often leads only to misery. Jealousy, obsession and betrayal are brought to the fore in these stories of smalltown lovers driven by their passions, trying desperately to connect usually without success. "What good does love do me?" one anguished character asks. Through the arranged marriages, secret trysts and unfulfilled desires, disappointment and frustration are never far off.
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Nervy, sexy stories from a rediscovered Italian master...[Tozzi's] lovers love so hard it hurts. -- Salon.com, Maria Russo, 11 June 2001
[A]n almost Chekhovian delicacy. -- Context, James Crossley, Fall 2001
Top Customer Reviews
Like Kafka, Walser and Buchner, Tozzi's internal conflicts between his own identity, sense of self-worth, and how these fit (or not) into the greater whole of humanity immediately comes to the forefront of many stories in this collection. In my eyes, only Buchner's "Woyzeck" feels as anachronistic as Tozzi's best, most passionate stories, totally out of step with the literary style of their peers and having much more of an impact on the post-WW2 generation of Italian writers, people like Moravia, Brancati, Berto, etc.
I'm also very thankful for Proctor's extensive introduction to the book, which provides vital biographical information on a writer not often included in literary reference texts, even those dealing specifically with early 20th-century Italian fiction. As Proctor states, much of this undoubtedly has to do with the constant use of the "provincial" label to describe, or belittle, his body of work. Perhaps this will counteract that misconception.Read more ›