Voices from the Plains

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Serpent's Tail, 1989 - Fiction - 158 pages
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The teller of these tales has chance encounters as he walks along the valley of the river Po. These encounters ? two children who seek adults who are not unbearably banal and find none, a man who writes out his life because words are all that is left to him, a lonely woman who commits suicide after taping over every orifice that might be polluted by the outside world ? are presented in a language without artifice where it is the very voices of the characters that are heard. As in a Fellini film, the narrative meanders delightfully through episodes and anecdotes. In making the Po landscape the unifying focus of the reader's attention, Celati revolutionizes the art of storytelling. A Canterbury Tales for today.

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About the author (1989)

Gianni Celati, who currently lives in Bologna, is one of Italy's most important writers. In 1990, he was awarded the Mondello Prize, the most important Italian literary award. He is the author of six works of fiction.

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