Love in Vain: Selected Stories


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New Directions Publishing Corporation
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5.36 X 0.49 X 7.96 inches | 0.46 pounds
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About the Author

Minna Zallman Proctor is a writer, critic and translator. Her first book Do You Hear What I Hear? An Unreligious Writer Investigates Religious Calling was published by Viking Press in 2005. Kirkus called it 'Intelligent and intellectually provocative, ... a notable example of fine writing on religion.' Her translations from Italian have been much acclaimed, and she is the recipient of several fellowships and residencies including at MacDowell where she was named a Kate and George Kendall Fellow. She has worked as a magazine editor on various publications, including Colors and Bomb magazine. Her essays and book reviews have been widely published, including in The New York Times Book Review,, L.A. Times Book Review, Aperture, Bookforum, The Nation, New York Observer and Salon. She lives in Brooklyn and teaches in the Creative Writing Department at Fairleigh Dickinson University. She is the Editor of The Literary Review.


Federigo Tozzi's beautiful, strange love stories hover at the abyss, where reason meets unreason and loses. Tozzi must be the poet of abjection, a poet of the unconscious. His perplexing tales reflect on self-conscious characters caught in love's, and their own, absurdly needy net. They comment, too, on the moment when ideas were changing, sensibilities shifting, and his characters move, resistant and confused, from the Victorian into the modern. Translator Minna Proctor has done a wonderful job of realizing these startling stories in English and bringing them to us for the first time.--Lynne Tillman, author of "No Lease on Life"
Ardent, impetuous, crackling with nerve-energies, Federigo Tozzi insists on his uniqueness. Minna Proctor has brought this full-throttle sensibility into English without a flinch or a fidget.--Sven Birkerts, author of "Readings"