Tales of Suicide: A Selection from Luigi Pirandello's Short Stories for a Year
Suicide, the act of killing oneself voluntarily and intentionally, is clearly one of the most important themes developed by Pirandello during his long literary career. Although he never focused on self-destruction as an end in itself, he made ample use of it to dramatise his tragic view of the human condition. Indeed, this theme recurs with astonishing frequency in his short stories, play and novels. It even appears sporadically in his poetry.
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Page 128 - Mountain was going to be rough, not very long, but the fog was so thick you could cut it with a knife.
Page 68 - From the short letters his mother occasionally sent him to ask whether he needed anything, Cesarino learned that the doctor had ordered her to rest because she had worked too much and for too long.
Page 69 - Cesarino left the principal's office with his mind in a turmoil.
Page 73 - He again looked in the cabinet, then in the drawers of her wardrobes, everywhere, throwing everything into disorder.
Page 5 - Life's a beautiful thing and we shouldn't trouble it with the sight of us.
Page 67 - During the last days he spent at home, he had noticed that, despite the...